Wyoming Public Service Commission
Michelle Bohanan was born in Montana and raised on a beef and dairy ranch in the Bitterroot Valley. She owned and operated a small logging company before moving to Wyoming in 1992. Michelle lives in Cheyenne with her husband Dean and assorted four-legged kids. She earned an associate's degree in Spanish from Laramie County Community College followed by a bachelor's degree in communication and an MBA from the University of Wyoming. Michelle enjoys language studies and previously studied Hebrew and Arabic, though she admits both are mainly forgotten after years of disuse.
Michelle started working for the Public Service Commission on April Fool's Day of 2008. She is among the 11 Technical Staff members who analyze approximately 300 cases a year. These docketed and undocketed matters include general rate cases with cost of service, revenue requirement, rate design, return on equity and return on rate base elements; tracking mechanisms; construction cost reviews; pass-on applications; securities applications; complaints; net metering; avoided cost; Wobbe Index establishment; annual report reviews; accounting orders; demand side management programs; tariff revisions; rules revisions; investigations; and, lately, tax reform cases. Michelle derives satisfaction from the feeling of Technical Staff members having done everything they can to ensure fair outcomes for customers and utilities alike.
Michelle enjoys gardening and is active with various groups, including the Master Gardeners and Habitat Hero. Both groups focus on horticultural education and performing community projects. After a fellow gardener described her wish for establishing a local seed library, we partnered with the Laramie County Library to create the Seed Library of Laramie County, which provides seeds, gardening classes and gardening workshops free of charge to all patrons.
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