Nevada Public Utilities Commission

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Public Utilities Commission of Nevada
Commission overview
Headquarters1150 E. William Street, Carson City, Nevada
9075 West Diablo Drive, Suite 250, Las Vegas, Nevada
Employees96 (2016-17)[1]
Annual budget$14.4 million (2016-17)[1]
Commission executive
  • Joe Reynolds, Chairman[2]

The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada supervises and regulates the operation and maintenance of utility services in Nevada.[3] The agency has two headquarters, one in Carson City (39°10′15″N 119°45′24″W / 39.170841°N 119.756725°W / 39.170841; -119.756725) and one in Las Vegas (36°05′18″N 115°17′25″W / 36.088245°N 115.290164°W / 36.088245; -115.290164).[4]


The Railroad Commission of Nevada was established in 1907.[5] The Public Service Commission of Nevada was formed in 1911, sharing the same commissioners, personnel, and offices of the Railroad Commission.[6] In 1919, the responsibilities of the two bodies were consolidated under a new Public Service Commission.[7][8] The commission was renamed as the Public Utilities Commission in 1997, when its duties relating to trucking, taxis, and other transport issues were moved to the newly formed Transportation Services Authority.[9]


The commission is run by three commissioners. As of September 2017, the commissioners are:[10]

  • Joe Reynolds (Chairman)
  • Ann C. Pongracz
  • Bruce Breslow

Breslow is the newest member of the commission. Commissioner Paul Thomsen resigned in 2017. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval nominated a member of his cabinet, Bruce Breslow (director of the state’s Department of Business and Industry) to serve on the commission in place of Thomsen’s seat. Breslow's appointment was effective September 5, 2017.[11]

According to Utility Dive, the commission has “a full slate of commissioners, and none of them were involved in the contentious net metering debate two years ago.”[11]

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  1. ^ a b Legislatively Approved Budget 2015-17 (PDF) (Report). Nevada Legislative Council Bureau. November 16, 2015. p. 372. Retrieved 2017-01-23.
  2. ^ "Commissioners". Nevada Public Utilities Commission. Retrieved 2017-01-23.
  3. ^ "About". Nevada Public Utilities Commission. Retrieved 2017-01-23.
  4. ^ "Contact Information". Nevada Public Utilities Commission. Retrieved 2017-01-23.
  5. ^ First Annual Report of the Railroad Commission of Nevada (Report). Gazette Publishing Company. 1908. p. 6.
  6. ^ First Annual Report of the Public Service Commission of Nevada (Report). Nevada State Printing Office. 1911. pp. 309–310.
  7. ^ Biennial Reports of the Railroad and Public Service Commissions of Nevada (Report). Nevada State Printing Office. 1921. p. 3.
  8. ^ "Chapter 109: An Act defining public utilities...". Statutes of the State of Nevada Passed at the Twenty-Ninth Session of the Legislature. Nevada State Printing Office. 1919. p. 198.
  9. ^ "Deregulated market to arrive by 1999". Las Vegas Sun. July 17, 1997. Retrieved 2017-01-23.
  10. ^ "Commissioners". Retrieved 2017-09-07.
  11. ^ a b Walton, Robert (2017-08-30). "Nevada Gov. Sandoval taps cabinet member to replace former PUC head Paul Thomsen". Utility Dive. Retrieved 2017-09-07.

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