CARSON CITY, NV - December 26, 2019
Today, Governor Steve Sisolak announced the appointment of Hayley Williamson as Chairwoman of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN), starting January 1, 2020.
“Hayley’s extensive experience in Nevada and on the Public Utilities Commission will prove invaluable as she takes on this critical role ensuring that public utility companies continue working for the benefit of all Nevadans,” Governor Sisolak said. “Hayley’s deep knowledge of the rule-making process and clean energy policies will provide crucial support for the State of Nevada’s long-term renewable energy goals.”
Williamson brings over a decade of experience specializing in utility law. Governor Sisolak previously appointed Williamson as a PUCN Commissioner on April 29, 2019. Williamson has worked at the PUCN since 2013, having also served as senior assistant general counsel and acting general counsel. As a Commissioner, Williamson has been responsible for developing rules for many important pieces of legislation from the 2019 legislative session, including implementing Nevada’s new Renewable Portfolio Standard. Williamson has also successfully represented the PUCN in the Nevada Supreme Court and at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Williamson was instrumental in drafting the PUCN’s comments on the Clean Energy Plan. Prior to working at the PUCN, Williamson taught environmental law and environmental science at the University of Wisconsin and at Sierra Nevada College.
Williamson graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where she earned her B.A., and magna cum laude from Vermont Law School, where she earned her J.D. She also holds a Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge, where she wrote her Master’s thesis on renewable energy and land use issues on the West Coast.
Williamson was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin and lives in Stateline, Nevada with her husband and son.