Northwest Power and Conservation Council members, one the longest serving
member since the Council’s inception in 1981, officially retired at the end of
Booth of Idaho and Tom Karier of Washington both retired last month, although
Karier has said he will stay on to cover the job and plans to attend next
week’s Council meeting (Jan. 15 and 16) until Washington Gov. Jay Inslee fills
was first appointed to the Council in 1998 and has served terms as the Council
Chair and Chair of the Power Committee, making him the longest serving Council
member (20 years).
has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in energy and
natural resource economics, and a bachelor’s degree in both physics and
economics from the University of Illinois. He is the author of three books on
economics and numerous articles.
serving as Washington’s representative on the Council, Karier was an associate
dean at Eastern Washington University (1995 – 1998) and professor of economics
prior to 1995. In that era, he also served as a research associate for the
Jerome Levy Economics Institute in Annandale, New York, according to Council
He has been on the Northwest Energy
Efficiency Alliance board and has been co-chair of both the Northwest Energy
Efficiency Leadership and the Northwest Wind Integration Forum.
his last official Council meeting Dec. 11, Karier said by phone that it had
been an honor to be appointed by Washington Gov. Gary Locke “to keep lower
rates and save salmon.”
has been a pleasure to serve with 27 different Council members. Every day I’ve
had the chance to work with talented people. We (the Council) have some of the
best energy and fish and wildlife analysts. It’s been like a graduate seminar
every month here.”
Booth was appointed to the Council in 2007 by Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter.
Until he left the Council, he also served as a member of the Governor’s
cabinet. He was Council chair in 2008 and 2009, and has served as chair of the
Council’s Fish and Wildlife Committee.
is a former Air Force officer and a senior minerals industry executive in
environmental and government affairs. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in
business from the University of Idaho and is a Distinguished Military Graduate.
He received a Master of Business degree at the University of North Dakota while
in the Air Force.
has lived in Idaho for more than 50 years. He taught micro and macroeconomics,
environmental economics and accounting as an instructor and has extensive
experience negotiating state and federal settlement agreements and
environmental permits in both the public and private sectors.
said he made his farewell comments at the Council’s November meeting.
Council has eight members, with two appointed by the governors of each Northwest
state – Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. The Council was authorized by
the Northwest Power Act of 1980 to develop a regional power plan and fish and
wildlife program to balance the Northwest’s environmental and energy needs,
according to Council information.