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 in a law firm where she focused her practice exclusively on water issues, including representation of several irrigation districts, agricultural interests and municipalities. Kara is a member of the NARUC Board of Directors, the President of the Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners, former Vice Chair of the NARUC Sub-Committee on Pipeline Safety, Vice Chair of the NARUC Clean Coal & Carbon Management Sub-Committee, a member of the NARUC-DOE Natural Gas Infrastructure Modernization Partnership, serves on the NARUC Committee on Electricity (formerly Committee on Gas), is a Class 5 Member on the Western Electricity Coordinating Council Advisory Committee, Wyoming’s representative on the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body, the Committee on Regional Electric Power Cooperation and the Northern Tier Transmission Group, Wyoming’s representative on the Energy Imbalance Market’s Board of State Regulators, and a former member on the GTI Public Interest Advisory Committee. 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.

Term expires March 1, 2025

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