COMMISSIONERS

Commissioner Paul Kjellander Commissioner Paul Kjellander serves as president of the Idaho Public Utilities Commission, having been appointed to his current six-year term in 2017 by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter. His term expires in 2023.

It is Commissioner Kjellander’s second term in his second stint on the Commission, having previously served from January 1999 until October 2007. Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter reappointed Kjellander in April 2011, following his service as administrator of the newly created state Office of Energy Resources (OER).

A member of the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners’ board of directors, Kjellander is chairman of the association’s Committee on Telecommunications and serves as NARUC representative to the North American Numbering Council. He previously served on NARUC’s Committee on Consumer Affairs and its Electricity Committee.

Kjellander is an at-large member of the National Council on Electricity Policy, which is funded by the US Department of Energy and managed by NARUC.

Kjellander is also a member of the Federal Communications Commission’s 706 Joint Board, and has served as chairman of the FCC’s Federal-State Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separations.

During his time at OER, which is now known as the Office of Energy and Mineral Resources, Kjellander created an aggressive energy efficiency program funded through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. He also served on the board of the National Association of State Energy Officials.

Before joining the Commission in 1999, Kjellander was elected to three terms in the Idaho House of Representatives, where he served from 1994 to 1999. As a legislator, Kjellander served on a number of committees, including the House State Affairs, Judiciary and Rules, Ways and Means, Local Government and Transportation. During his final term in office, Kjellander was elected chairman of the House Majority Caucus.

Kjellander has also served as director of Boise State University’s College of Applied Technology Distance Learning, program head of broadcast technology, station manager of BSU Radio Network, director of the Special Projects Unit for BSU Radio and BSU Radio’s director of News and Public Affairs.

He earned undergraduate degrees in communications, psychology and art from Muskingum College in Ohio. He also has a master’s degree in telecommunications from Ohio University.


Commissioner Kristine Raper Commissioner Kristine Raper was appointed to the commission on Feb. 19, 2015 by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter. Her term expires in January 2021.

Commissioner Raper serves on the Electricity Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and is the incoming president of the Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners.

Raper is a member of the Body of State Regulators for the California ISO’s Energy Imbalance Market. She is also a member of the State-Provincial Steering Committee.

Raper recently testified before Congress regarding Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), defending Idaho’s decisions regarding the federal law. Commissioner Raper has also testified on PURPA issues before the Idaho Supreme Court, District Court and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which enforces PURPA.

Raper previously served on the Member Advisory Committee of the Western Electric Coordinating Council (WECC).

Prior to her appointment to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission, Raper served for seven years as a deputy attorney general assigned to the Commission. During her time as an attorney for the Commission, Raper was involved in electric, gas, water and telecommunications cases, with an emphasis on PURPA-related matters.

Before her service as a deputy attorney general, Commissioner Raper served for eight years as a law clerk to R.D. Maynard of the Idaho Industrial Commission. There, Raper developed expertise in state worker’s compensation law and unemployment matters appealed through the Idaho Department of Labor.

Raper was born in Delaware and moved to Utah with her family in the early 1980s. She moved to Boise in 1990 to attend Boise State University and earned a bachelor of science in criminal justice in 1995. She received her juris doctor from the University of Idaho in 2001.

The commissioner and her husband, Mark, share three children.


Commissioner Eric Anderson Commissioner Eric Anderson was appointed to the Commission in December 2015. His term expires in January 2019.

Commissioner Anderson serves on the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Committee on Water as well as its Committee on International Relations.

Before his appointment by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, Anderson served five terms in the Idaho Legislature, from 2004-2014. Anderson was chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee in his final term in the state Legislature.

As a member of the state House of Representatives, Anderson served on a number of committees, including Environment, Energy and Technology; Commerce and Human Resources; Resources and Conservation; Business; and State Affairs. He also chaired a legislative Interim Subcommittee on Renewable Energy.

Anderson received a bachelor of art degree in political science and government from Eastern Washington University in 1979.

A general contractor and real estate broker, Anderson served as director and vice president of Sandpoint-based Northern Lights Inc., an electric cooperative in Sandpoint, prior to his appointment to the Commission.

He has also served as a director of the Idaho Consumer-Owned Utilities Association, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and the Idaho Energy Resources Authority. He is a past member and advisor to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Council and the Pacific Northwest Economic Region’s Executive Council.