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Chairman Paul A. Thomsen

Paul 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.

Prior 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.

Commissioner Alaina Burtenshaw, Esq.

Alaina Burtenshaw was appointed Commissioner to the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada by Gov. Jim Gibbons on Jan. 18, 2010 and was re-appointed by Gov. Brian Sandoval in June 2013.

Commissioner Burtenshaw served as Chairman of the PUCN from February 2011 through September 2015. 

Commissioner Burtenshaw’s career with the PUCN began in 1992, first as assistant staff counsel and later staff counsel, with the Regulatory Operations arm of the PUCN. She represented Regulatory Operations in electric, gas and water utility cases in Northern and Southern Nevada and was the principal attorney in larger deferred energy and general rate cases. She also represented Regulatory Operations in cases associated with environmental impacts, renewable energy and all other matters within the Commission's jurisdiction.

Previous to joining the PUCN, Commissioner Burtenshaw worked in private practice in Las Vegas from 1987 to 1992, where she focused on administrative law.

In January 2014, the board of directors for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners appointed her Chairman of its Committee on Water, which works with the EPA and other groups to increase awareness about the uses and reuses of water and wastewater.

Commissioner Burtenshaw received a bachelor’s degree in History from Idaho State University and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a licensed attorney in the state of Nevada.

Commissioner David Noble, Esq.

David Noble was appointed Commissioner of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada by Gov. Brian Sandoval in August 2011 and reappointed in October 2012.

Commissioner Noble has been with the Commission since 1997, working as an administrative attorney, assistant staff counsel, assistant general counsel, and hearings officer. Commissioner Noble was also a Commission liaison to the Nevada Legislature on various utility and administrative matters over six regular legislative sessions from 2001 to 2011.

Commissioner Noble earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations and environmental studies from the University of Pennsylvania and his Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School (Los Angeles).