Protecting the Interests of Wyoming's Public Utility Consumers

Chairman Kara B. Fornstrom

Governor Mead appointed Kara to the Public Service Commission on March 1, 2013. Governor Gordon re-appointed her on March 1, 2019. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wyoming and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law. Kara started her legal career at the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office, Water Division working on the Nebraska v. Wyoming litigation over the North Platte River. In August, 2000, she was a founding partner of Hageman & Brighton where her practice was focused exclusively on water issues, including representation of several irrigation districts, agricultural interests and municipalities. Kara’s NARUC activities include: Member of the NARUC Board of Directors; Member of the Committee on Electricity; Vice-Chair of the Clean Coal and Carbon Management Subcommittee; Member of the NARUC-DOE Natural Gas Infrastructure Modernization Partnership; Former President, Vice-President and Secretary/Treasurer of the Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners; Former Member of the Committee on Gas; and Former Vice Chair of the Sub-Committee on Pipeline Safety. In addition to being actively engaged with NARUC, Kara represents Wyoming on various regional boards and associations: Vice-Chair of the Energy Imbalance Market’s Board of State Regulators; Class 5 Member on the Western Electricity Coordinating Council Advisory Committee; Chair of the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body; Wyoming’s Representative on the Committee on Regional Electric Power Cooperation; Wyoming’s Representative on the Northern Tier Transmission Group; and Former Member of the Gas Technology Institute’s Public Interest Advisory Committee. In addition to her Commission duties and representation, Kara focuses her efforts on carbon capture technologies, especially related to development of innovative ratemaking tools to incentivize regulated utilities to engage in CCUS projects. In August, 2015, she was a member of the NARUC delegation to China for the U.S. Department of Energy's Regulatory Policy Technology Mission. In April, 2019, she was a member of the CCUS Policy, Research and Implementation Collaboration and Exchange to the United Kingdom. Kara lives in Pine Bluffs with her husband, Justin, and their daughter, Keefer, where she is active in her community and church, St. Paul’s Catholic Church.

Term expires March 1, 2025

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