CARSON CITY, NV - May 09, 2019
Today, Governor Steve Sisolak announced the appointment of Public Utilities Commissioner Ann Pongracz to be the new chairwoman of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) through the term ending September 30, 2019.
“I’m thrilled to appoint one of our state’s foremost experts in utility law and regulation as chairwoman of the Public Utilities Commission,” Governor Sisolak said. “Ann’s knowledge and expertise make her the perfect choice to chair the PUCN, and I’m excited to see the PUCN make thrilling progress toward our state’s renewable energy goals under Ann’s leadership.”
Pongracz has served as a commissioner of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada since 2016. Pongracz is a public utilities law expert and leader, with over thirty years of corporate and government agency experience in utility regulation, infrastructure and economic development, interconnection, pricing, renewables, resource planning, demand side management, and consumer protection.
Prior to her appointment to the PUCN, Pongracz was special counsel for the Colorado River Commission of Nevada (CRC)’s electric services operations, and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. At the CRC she headed the Nevada/Arizona/California legal team supporting enactment of the federal Hoover Allocation Act of 2011 and negotiated fifty-year federal and state Hoover power contracts.
Pongracz moved to Las Vegas in 1993 to become general counsel to Sprint of Nevada, then the major incumbent telecommunications utility serving Southern Nevada. Ms. Pongracz also represented Sprint’s competitive long distance and wireless divisions in 18 western states and managed the company’s government relations offices. Prior to joining Sprint, she represented transportation and telecommunications clients before the California Public Utilities Commission.
Ms. Pongracz earned her Bachelor of Arts cum laude in government from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, and her Juris Doctorate from Temple University Law School in Philadelphia, PA.
**Note for broadcast: Ms. Pongracz’s last name is pronounced “PAWN-gratz.”**