Area of Focus
As the Clean Energy Director, Erin Overturf operates throughout the organization’s seven-state region to develop strategic objectives related to decarbonizing the electricity sector and utilizing clean electricity to fuel other end-uses that have traditionally been powered by fossil fuels. Erin and her 26-person team represent WRA in utility regulatory proceedings, air quality proceedings, negotiations, and civil litigation
Erin joined WRA in 2013 as a senior staff attorney. Her combination of legal experience and deep understanding of energy law propelled her to her current role later. After a stint at Earthjustice in 2022, she rejoined the organization in August 2023. Prior to her work at WRA, she served as an Assistant Solicitor General in the Office of the Colorado Attorney General, where she represented state agencies such as the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division, and the Colorado Energy Office. She also served as a clerk to Justice Alex Martinez of the Colorado Supreme Court
Erin has lived in Colorado most of her life and understands the importance of driving measurable policy changes that will tackle the current climate crisis. She has played in impressive role in shaping the West’s energy future, including serving as an integral part of the effort that has secured Colorado’s transition away from coal and toward clean energy sources. Her efforts also helped to secure the establishment of Colorado’s first economy-wide greenhouse gas reduction goals through legislation passed in 2019, as well as the legal framework by which Colorado utilities will be required to reduce emissions at least 80% by 2030, as compared to 2005 levels.
- Juris Doctorate from the American University Washington College of Law
- Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Anthropology from the University of Colorado Boulder
Favorite thing about the West
The people who live here. And our beautiful skies.