Director of Conservation
Ryan Hoffman is Director of Conservation at the Kansas Corporation Commission.
At the Kansas Corporation Commission, the PUF team found a nation-leading trucking safety program, one of two states that regulate utilities and the oil and gas industry through the same agency, a Chair chosen to sit on the Federal-State Task Force on Electric Transmission, and too much to name here. Kansas is grappling with a multitude of issues. The Kansas Commissioners and Staff share their thoughts here.
PUF's Lori Burkhart: You're the Conservation Division Director. How did your background lead you to the Commission?
Ryan Hoffman: I studied oil and gas law and administrative law in law school. When I graduated, the price of oil was down, like it was last year. It was pretty horrible. The KCC had two openings in the Conservation Division for oil and gas attorneys, and it was a logical place to start.
PUF: Describe what the Conservation Division is about.
Ryan Hoffman: When most people think about conserving, especially in terms of electricity or natural resources, they think about saving. In a lot of ways, that's what we do and why we were formed, but it wasn't necessarily to save the resources for future generations. It was to maximize the benefit from the oil and natural gas resources for the state.