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COBE Advisory Council

Active. Engaged. Valued.

The College of Business and Economics (COBE) is helping create the future for our students and the Treasure Valley through entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, and collaboration. Collaboration with leaders from our vibrant business community is central to the College’s ability to achieve its vision, mission and strategic directions. The COBE Advisory Committee (COBEAC) is made up of business leaders who not only care about the direction of our Valley, but believe strongly that COBE can be a key driver in creating economic value and improving our community’s high quality of life.

Ric Gale

Founder & Principal, Gale Energy Consulting, LLC • 208-426-1125

Ric Gale is the founder of Gale Energy Consulting, LLC, a consulting firm which specializes in unraveling the complexities of utility regulation.

Mr. Gale is a former Idaho Power Company executive most recently serving as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, leading initiatives related to corporate sustainability efforts, state and regional issues, and strategic projects. Previously Ric was Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, where he had primary responsibility for policy matters related to the economic regulation at Idaho Power.

Ric has testified before the Idaho, Oregon, and Nevada state commissions, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Bonneville Power Administration, and the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. He was honored with the CEO's Extra Mile Award in 2001 for work done in response to the Western Energy Crisis.

Ric Gale holds a BBA in 1975 and an MBA from Boise State University. He currently serves as chair on the College of Business and Economics (COBE) Advisory Council. Mr. Gale received recognition as an Outstanding Alumnus of the COBE in 2003. He also presently serves as a director on the Boise State University Foundation Board.

Mr. Gale has attended the Utilities Executive Course at the University of Idaho and has served on the faculty of that program covering the topic "Regulation and Ratemaking." Ric is the past chair of the Edison Electric Institute's (EEI) Rates and Regulatory Committee, concerned primarily with regulatory issues and ratemaking methods. He also served on the EEI Executive Advisory Committee.

Ric is currently the co-chair of the Idaho Technology Council's Energy Consortium.