Commissioner Kristine Raper was originally appointed to the Commission in February 2015 by former Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter. She was reappointed in 2021 by Governor Brad Little to a second six-year term.
Prior to her appointment, Commissioner Raper served for seven years as a deputy attorney general assigned to the Public Utilities Commission. She managed a caseload representing a myriad of regulatory and energy law matters, with a strong emphasis on the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA).
Commissioner Raper has defended the Idaho PUC’s decisions at the Idaho Supreme Court, District Court and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In 2017, she testified before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Commerce regarding PURPA and its modern-day impacts.
She currently serves on NARUC’s Electricity Committee. She is a member of the Body of State Regulators (BOSR) for the Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) (with the California ISO), and is the BOSR representative participating in the governance review of the EIM as it contemplates the viability of a day-ahead market.
Commissioner Raper is the current Chair of the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body and also serves as a member of the State Provincial Steering Committee.