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Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.
 – Margaret Thatcher
The greatest advancements in civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.
 – Milton Friedman

Oxford English Dictionary

Roget’s Thesaurus

Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations

“I’ll have what she’s having.” – When Harry Met Sally

Two things:

My superpower is an ability to recall and sing AM hits of the 60s and 70s.

Also, I collect old cookbooks even though I rarely cook.

Amy Oliver Cooke is the Executive Vice President and Director of the Energy Policy Center for the Independence Institute, Colorado’s free market, state-based think tank. She has worked in both policy and operations since 2004.

Amy began working in energy policy in 2010. She is one of the few state-level, free market energy policy experts. She has spoken to thousands of citizens, activists, lawmakers, and policy experts across the country about everything from the controversial Clean Power Plan to strategies and policies that advance affordable power.

She’s famous for her provocative messaging like “Mothers In Love with Fracking” and “I’m an energy feminist because I’m pro-choice in energy sources.”

Amy has collaborated with the Competitive Enterprise Institute to expose Colorado’s phantom carbon tax and the real cost of the state’s renewable energy mandate.

The work of Amy’s team led to a full audit of Colorado’s PUC Commissioners. Two of the three commissioners did not return for a second term. Amy’s team exposed shoddy accounting in the Governor’s Energy Office after receiving more than $100 million in stimulus money, which also led to a full audit and legislative reorganization

Amy was part of a national coalition that worked for several months to educate federal lawmakers on both sides of the aisle about the consequences of President Obama’s nomination of Colorado’s former PUC Chairman Ron Binz to head up the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. As a result of that effort, Mr. Binz was forced to withdraw his nomination

Amy has also successfully lead efforts to stop tax increases and advance transparency in government.

She has written numerous opinion editorials, issue papers, and issue backgrounders and has been published in the Daily Caller, Townhall, Denver Post, Pueblo Chieftain, Greeley Tribune, Denver Business Journal, Denver Daily News, Liberty Ink Journal, and Wall Street Journal. She has appeared on Fox News, NPR, MSN.com, Devil’s Advocate, Colorado Inside Out, and Power Hour.

Recently Amy retired after ten years of hosting the award winning Amy Oliver Show on News Talk 1310 KFKA Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 am. In 2008, the Colorado Broadcasters Association recognized her with the Award of Excellence for Best News Talk personality in a major market. She was recognized again in 2011 with the Award of Merit for Best News Talk personality in a major market.

Amy loves living in Weld County with her husband retired Sheriff and current State Senator John Cooke. She is a mother of three, stepmom of two, and “pet guardian” of one diabetic, blind dachshund.

Latest Posts from the Energy Policy Center

  • Amy Cooke Testimony on Senate Bill 17-089

    Amy Cooke Testimony on Senate Bill 17-0890

    • February 8, 2017

    Energy Policy Center Director Amy Cooke testified on Senate Bill 89, concerning the rights of consumers of electricity to install electricity storage systems on their property. Listen to the audio of her testimony here. Additionally, you can read Amy’s commentary on the bill here, along with Sherrie Peif’s Complete Colorado article on the bill here.

  • Storing freedom

    Storing freedom0

    • February 4, 2017

    For as much as Colorado might fancy itself the next Silicon Valley, the state is stuck in a time warp when it comes to electricity service providers. Could a modest bill regarding residential battery storage spark change for 1.4 million Xcel Energy and 93,000 Black Hills Energy ratepayers? Colorado’s investor owned utility (IOU) monopoly model

  • Time for Colorado Energy Office to receive more than an audit

    Time for Colorado Energy Office to receive more than an audit1

    • January 31, 2017

    The Colorado Energy Office continues to show some irregularities in its spending and handling of tens of millions of dollars, according to a newly released performance audit. A 2011 Independence Institute investigation of the CEO, formerly the Governor’s Energy Office, sparked the call for a 2012 audit by the Office of the State Auditor that

  • EPA social media machine put on hold0

    • January 25, 2017

    This is the first presidential transition of complete social media saturation, and it should come as no surprise that the Trump Administration wants control of social media accounts from activist agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where some staffers have threatened to undermine the new administration. According to an online media report, the