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Sandoval appoints chairman of Public Utilities Commission

By ThisIsReno


CARSON CITY–Gov. Brian Sandoval announced today he has appointed Alaina Burtenshaw chairman of the Public Utilities Commission, effective today. Burtenshaw has worked on and with the commission since 1992.

“Alaina’s broad experience as an administrative attorney and as staff counsel to the PUC makes her uniquely qualified to lead the commission,” Sandoval said. “As a commissioner since last January Alaina understands the issues and is well prepared to make judgments on each case.”

Burtenshaw is responsible for hearing contested cases and rulemakings coming before the commission and thereafter providing written orders for consideration by the full commission at regularly scheduled agendas.

As staff counsel and assistant staff counsel, Burtenshaw was responsible for electric, gas and water cases in Northern and Southern Nevada. Since 1997, Burtenshaw has been the principal attorney in the larger deferred energy and general rate cases and has represented staff in cases associated with environmental impacts, renewable energy and railroad safety. As staff counsel, Burtenshaw supervised six attorneys and three legal secretaries to ensure the professional representation of Regulatory Operations staff.

Burtenshaw, a graduate of Idaho State University, received a J.D. from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 1987.

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