Chairman Paul A. Thomsen
A. Thomsen became Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada on
Oct. 1, 2015. Gov. Brian Sandoval appointed Chairman Thomsen to replace
outgoing Commissioner Rebecca Wagner.
Previously, Chairman Thomsen
served as Gov. Sandoval’s appointee as the Director of the Governor's Office
of Energy. He was selected for that position in September 2013.
to his service as the Director of the Governor’s Office of Energy, Chairman
Thomsen was the Director of Policy and Business Development for Ormat
Technologies, a leading vertically integrated global provider of a diverse
range of renewable energy solutions, headquartered in Reno. He has also
worked for the law firm of Lionel Sawyer and Collins, U.S. Sen. Harry Reid,
and U.S. Sen. Richard Bryan.
In addition, he was President of the
Board of Directors of the Geothermal Energy Association, Chairman of the
U.S. Clean Heat and Power Association, President of the Nevada Geothermal
Council, and industry expert for the U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal
Technologies Program Blue Ribbon Panel. He also served on the boards of the
Economic Development Authority of Nevada, Nevada Mining Association, Nevada
Lung Association and AVA Ballet.
Chairman Thomsen earned a bachelor’s
degree in Political Science and a master’s in Public Administration from the
University of Nevada, Reno.