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CEC logoHeidi Morgan, Colorado Government Affairs for Black Hills Energy and Tom Dougherty, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP are each serving two-year terms as co-chairs of the Colorado Energy Coalition (CEC).

Heidi Morgan, Black Hills Energy

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Morgan is a CEC co-chair. She is currently Manager of Colorado Government Affairs for Black Hills Energy, a diverse energy company, where she focuses primarily on utility and oil and gas issues. Morgan has over twenty years of public policy and political experience, with over ten years specialized in energy sector policy. 

Morgan is an Alabama native and was named one of Colorado’s Top Women in Energy by the Denver Business Journal in 2014. She is a Board member of Florence Crittenton Services, a full-circle school serving pregnant teens, teen moms, and their children.

Morgan holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of South Alabama and a Master of Arts in American Government from the American University in Washington, D.C. 

Tom Dougherty, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP


Dougherty is a CEC co-chair. He is a partner in the law firm of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, and leads the firm’s energy and utilities practice. His work focuses on energy-related and other utility infrastructure projects including fossil-fueled and renewable-resource power generation, electrical, oil and gas transmission infrastructure, and water and sanitation systems. Dougherty represents and advises a wide range of commercial, utility, energy, government, and private entities and individuals in public policy, legislative, regulatory, litigation, and land use matters. 

Dougherty holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nuclear and Materials Engineering from the University of Maryland, and obtained his law degree from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.