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Maury Galbraith becomes first executive director of Colorado agency charged with figuring out how to surmount constraints on further decarbonizing electricity


Maury Galbraith will become the inaugural executive director of the new Colorado Electric Transmission Authority effective April 3.

CETA was created by Colorado legislators in 2021 with a mandate to plan, finance, build and operate new electric transmission lines and storage facilities.

Maury Galbraith

Galbraith has more than 20 years of experience in electricity policy and utility regulation in the West. He most recently served as executive director at the Denver-based Western Interstate Energy Board. There he led engagement in Colorado and 10 other Western states as well as two Canadian provinces in wholesale electricity markets, regional resource adequacy programs, and bulk electric system reliability.

Prior to that, Galbraith held regulatory and economic analyst roles at the Oregon Public Utility Commission and the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. Galbraith has a master’s degree in economics from Washington State University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Oregon.

Galbraith will report to a nine-member board of directors. The salary range in advertisements was $160,000 to $210,000.

Kathleen Staks, chair of the CETA board of directors, said Galbraith’s “leadership experience, regulatory expertise, and knowledge of public economics will ensure CETA is able to quickly startup and begin evaluating new electric transmission lines as a means to providing a clean, economic, reliable, and secure electricity grid for Colorado citizens.”

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