- Eric Anderson
The question of who would sit in Mack Redford's seat on the Public Utilities Commission has finally been settled.
Redford died suddenly June 30, in the midst of the PUC's controversial consideration of Idaho Power's request to reduce the length of energy contracts with small solar energy producers from 20 years to 2 years. Detractors of the move said it would negatively impact renewable energy development in the Gem State. The PUC ultimately voted to grant Idaho Power's request.
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter opened an application process to fill Redford's seat on the commission and appointed former commissioner Marsha Smith to serve while a permanent replacement could be found.
The morning of Dec. 8, Otter appointed former Idaho Rep. Eric Anderson, of Priest Lake, to the PUC. Anderson chaired the House Ways and Means Committee. He is currently the director and vice president of Northern Lights, Inc., in Sandpoint, and has served as director of the Idaho Consumer Owned Utilities Association, and a member of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and the Idaho Resources Authority.
Anderson's appointment must be confirmed by the Idaho Senate. If confirmed, he will serve for the rest of Redford's term, which ends Jan. 9, 2019.