Commissioners


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Chairman Alaina Burtenshaw, Esq.

Alaina Burtenshaw has served as Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada since February 2, 2011, when Governor Brian Sandoval first appointed her to the position. Governor Sandoval subsequently reappointed her Chairman on June 24, 2013. Her current term expires on September 30, 2017.

Prior to serving as Chairman, Burtenshaw was appointed Commissioner to the PUCN by Governor Jim Gibbons on January 18, 2010. However, her career with the PUCN actually 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, Chairman Burtenshaw worked in private practice in Las Vegas from 1987 to 1992, where she focused on administrative law.

In November 2012, the board of directors for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners appointed her Co-Vice Chair 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.

Chairman Burtenshaw received a Bachelor of Arts 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 Rebecca Wagner

Rebecca Wagner has been a member of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada since 2006. Prior to joining the Commission, Wagner served as an energy advisor to the Governor, the Director of the Nevada State Office of Energy and worked for a geothermal company that owned, operated and developed geothermal projects.

Wagner serves as a member of the US Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Board, a member of the Board of Directors for the Western Electricity Coordinating Council, Chair of the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System Committee, and Vice-chair of the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Commissioner David Noble, Esq.

David Noble was appointed Commissioner of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada by Governor 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).