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
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