Sandoval Appoints Paul Thomsen as Chairman of Public Utilities Commission and Angela Dykema Director of Office of Energy


Mari St. Martin
Communications Director
(775) 684-5670
Carson City, NV - September 23, 2015

Governor Brian Sandoval today announced he has appointed Paul Thomsen as Chairman of the Nevada Public Utilities Commission, effective October 1, 2015. He will replace outgoing Commissioner Rebecca Wagner. The current chairman, Alaina Burtenshaw, will continue to serve as a member of the Commission. Thomsen currently serves as a Sandoval appointee in his capacity as the Director of the Governor's Office of Energy. He was selected for this position in September of 2013.

“Paul is one of the leading experts in Nevada’s dynamic energy industry. He has served as an outstanding advisor and I am pleased he has agreed to serve on this important Commission,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “Paul has a keen understanding of local, state, and federal energy issues and his experience will allow him to immediately engage on important issues that the Commission is expected to confront. I know he will be a fair regulator and I place my full faith in his abilities to serve all Nevadans in this new role.”

“I am truly honored to have been asked by Governor Sandoval to serve the great State of Nevada in this new role. I look forward to working with my fellow Commissioners to address pivotal issues coming before the Public Utilities Commission,” said Paul Thomsen.

“I would like to thank Alaina Burtenshaw for her service as Chairman of the Commission. I know her extensive experience with the PUC will allow her to continue her exceptional tenure as a fair and thoughtful regulator,” said Governor Sandoval.

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. She was first appointed to the Commission in 2010.

Prior to his service as the Director of the Governor’s Office of Energy, 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, Nevada. Thomsen has also worked for the law firm of Lionel Sawyer and Collins, United States Senator Harry Reid, and United States Senator Richard Bryan.

Thomsen received both a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Sandoval also announced that he has tapped Angela Dykema to serve as the new Director of the Governor's Office of Energy.

“Angela has the background necessary to ensure continuity within the Office of Energy as we work to expand Nevada’s energy portfolio to meet the demands of our growing population,” said Governor Brian Sandoval.

“Pursuing an energy development strategy that maintains Nevada’s role as a leader in renewable energy production, conservation, and transmission remains a priority in my administration. I am confident Angela will do an excellent job leading the Office of Energy as we explore the potentials of the new Nevada economy.”

Angela Dykema currently serves as the Deputy Director and has considerable experience with wind, solar and geothermal energy development. She earned a Master of Science in Natural Resources Law Studies from University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Political Science from Michigan State University.


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