About Travis Kavulla, Commissioner
Travis Kavulla represents the commissionís geographically largest district. In November 2010, he was elected by a 28-point margin, the largest of any Montana public service commissioner facing an election contested by both major parties since the modern commissionís inception in 1974. He also serves on the board of directors of the National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI) and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). He is the chairman of the Public Utility Commissioners Energy Imbalance Market (PUC EIM) Working Group, and the co-chairman of the Northern Tier Transmission Group (NTTG). He is also a member of NARUCís Telecommunications Committee.
Previous to his election to the Public Service Commission, Mr. Kavulla worked as a journalist, writing on political economy, culture, and development. His by-line has appeared in publications as diverse as the Wall Street Journal, Catholic World Report, the Dallas Morning News, and the Journal of Eastern African Studies, among many others. Mr. Kavulla has also served as associate editor for National Review, the biweekly magazine founded by William F. Buckley, Jr., and has worked as a professional editor of media ranging from blogs to books. Mr. Kavulla has received a number of honors, including being awarded a year-long, full-time writing fellowship in 2008 from the Phillips Foundation.
Mr. Kavulla received his bachelorís in History at Harvard University and, while there, was a leader of the campus conservative movement, editing the Harvard Salient and writing a regular column for the daily newspaper, The Crimson; during that time, U.S. News & World Report identified Mr. Kavulla on a list of promising young columnists in the nation. Mr. Kavulla holds a graduate degree from the University of Cambridge, England, where he was a Gates Scholar. He is an alumnus of Great Falls High School (2002), where he edited the student newspaper, served as a U.S. Senate page and a Boys Nation delegate, and twice won the state AA Lincoln-Douglas debate championship.
Travis Kavulla is a fourth-generation Montanan. His great-grandfather emigrated to America from eastern Europe to mine coal near Sand Coulee, south of Great Falls, and his family has been engaged in farming, railroad work, teaching, and community service ever since.
- Acquisition of PPL Hydroelectric Dams -- NorthWestern Energy -- Dissenting
- Discrimination Against Independent Developers -- NorthWestern Energy
- Testimony before House Power & Energy Subcommittee on EPA Carbon Rules
- Avoided Cost Ratemaking -- NorthWestern Energy -- Concurring Opinion -- D2012.1.3
- Colstrip 4 Outage Costs -- NorthWestern Energy -- Dissenting Opinion -- D2013.5.33
- Denying Interim Recovery of Dave Gates Generating Station Outage Costs -- NorthWestern Energy --Concurring Opinion -- D2012.5.49
- Discrimination Against Small Developers -- NorthWestern Energy -- Dissenting Opinion -- D2012.1.3
- Havre Pipeline Company Sale & Transfer -- Concurring Opinion -- D2013.7.57
- iSmart Mobile ETC Certification -- Concurring Opinion -- D2010.10.99
- Motor Carrier Regulation -- Billings Yellow Cab -- Concurring Opinion - T-12.2.PCN
- Mountain Water Return on Equity -- Dissenting Opinion -- D2012.7.81
- Operations of Basin Creek Generating Station -- NorthWestern Energy -- Concurring Opinion -- D2012.5.49
- Petition for Waiver of CREP Requirement -- NorthWestern Energy -- Concurring Opinion -- D2011.6.53
- Settlement of General Rate Case -- Montana-Dakota Utilities -- Dissenting Opinion -- D2012.9.100
- Settlement of General Rate Case -- NorthWestern Energy -- Dissenting Opinion -- D2012.9.94
- Wind Curtailment Petition -- NorthWestern Energy -- Concurring Opinion -- D2011.7.57
- Wind Integration & Capacity Costs, Presented at Rutgers' Center for Research in Regulated Industries, 2013
- Commissioner Kavulla addresses concerns of the Montanta legislature about transmission cost allocation. 2/4/11
- Commissioner Kavulla talks about his background, EPA rules, energy efficiency, wind development, and transmission planning. 3/24/11
- Commissioner Kavulla's op-ed about taxpayer-subsidized electricity sales by Electric City Power, the municipal power company of the City of Great Falls, Great Falls Tribune. 6/27/11
- Commissioner Kavulla addresses the Montana Legislature's interim committee on energy and telecommunications, July 15, 2011 (PSC part is between 1:50 to 2:44)
- Interim Committee Materials: Transmission Expansion in Montana and the West
- Commissioner Kavulla's op-ed addressing rural phone and internet service, and the FCC's reform of the Universal Service Fund and intercarrier compensation. 10/21/11