Statutes & Regulations

The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) is a regulatory agency that ensures investor-owned utilities comply with laws enacted by the Nevada Legislature. Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) chapters 426, 455, 701, 701B, 702, 703, 704, 704A, 704B, 705, 707, 708, 709, and 710 set forth the enabling legislation that establishes and defines the PUCN’s regulatory duties.

The PUCN adopts, repeals and amends regulations, under the authority granted by statutes, that have the force and effect of law.  These regulations are contained in the Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) chapters 233B, 455, 702, 703, 704, 704A, 704B, 705, and 707.

To illustrate how utility regulation works in Nevada, consider Nevada’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), located at NRS 704.7801 through 704.7828. The RPS was created by the Legislature to require that a certain percentage of electricity sold by each electric utility to its customers come from renewable energy resources. The PUCN ensures each utility’s compliance with the RPS through regulations in NAC 704.8831 through 704.8899, and by reviewing individual filings made by utilities to demonstrate that they have complied with the RPS requirements.

    Nevada Utility Law (Nevada Revised Statutes)

    NRS 233B Nevada Administrative Procedure Act  
    NRS 427A Telecommunication Devices for Deaf (TDD) 
    NRS 455 Excavations and High-Voltage Lines (Call Before You Dig)  
    NRS 701 Energy Policy  
    NRS 701B Renewable Energy Programs
    NRS 702 Energy Assistance  
    NRS 703 Public Utilities Commission of Nevada  
    NRS 704 Regulation of Public Utilities Generally  
    NRS 704A Facilities Placed Underground  
    NRS 704B Providers of New Electric Resources  
    NRS 705  Railroads and Monorails  
    NRS 707 Telecommunications  
    NRS 708 Oil Pipelines  
    NRS 709 Franchises by Local Governments  
    NRS 710 Utilities Owned by Local Governments  


      Nevada Utility Regulations (Nevada Administrative Code)

      NAC 233B Nevada Administrative Procedure Act 
      NAC 455 Excavations and Demolitions 
      NAC 701B Renewable Energy Programs
      NAC 702 Energy Assistance 
      NAC 703 Public Utilities Commission of Nevada 
      NAC 704 Regulation of Public Utilities Generally 
      NAC 704A Facilities Placed Underground 
      NAC 704B Providers of New Electric Resources 
      NAC 705 Railroads 
      NAC 707 Telecommunications