CARSON CITY, NV – On December 02, 2021, Governor Steve Sisolak announced the appointment of 19 members to the Regional Transmission Coordination Task Force. The task force was formed through the signing of Senate Bill 448 during the 81st Nevada Legislative session.

“The formation of this task force will further advance our State’s mission of developing our infrastructure, bolstering our commitment to renewable energy, and building out our green energy economy,” said Governor Sisolak. “I am confident in the leadership and expertise of the members of this task force, and I look forward to their recommendations as we continue to position ourselves to be a leader in renewable energy and work hard to address the energy needs of Nevada and the West.”

The task force will be led by appointed chair, Senator Chris Brooks, and will be charged with advising the Governor and the Nevada Legislature on topics and policies related to regional energy transmission in the West, including the costs and benefits of the transmission providers in Nevada joining a regional transmission organization to provide access to a wholesale electricity market.

Five additional Task Force members will also be appointed to the board in the coming weeks as final nominations and paperwork are submitted.

The following 19 members representing experience from across the energy industry have been appointed to the Regional Transmission Coordination Task Force:

  • Senator Chris Brooks
  • Carolyn Barbash, Vice President, Transmission Development and Policy, NV Energy
  • Carolyn Turner, Executive Director; Nevada Rural Electric Association
  • Eric Witkoski, Executive Director; Colorado River Commission of Nevada
  • Luke Papez, Director, Project Development; LS Power Development
  • Richard Perkins, President/CEO; The Perkins Company
  • Mona Tierney-Lloyd, Head, U.S. State Public Policy & Institutional Affairs; Enel North America
  • Samuel Castor, EVP of Policy & Deputy GC;
  • John Seeliger, Regional Energy Manager; Nevada Gold Mines
  • Erik Hansen, Chief Sustainability Officer; Wynn Resorts
  • Jeremy Newman, Assistant Business Manager; IBEW Local Union 396
  • Cameron Dyer, Managing Senior Staff Attorney, Western Resource Advocates
  • Kostan Lathouris, Managing Member; Lathouris Law PLLC
  • David Bobzien, Director of the Governor’s Office of Energy
  • Kris Sanchez, Deputy Director; Governor’s Office of Economic Development
  • Rebecca Wagner, Self-Employed- Owner/Consultant; Wagner Strategies
  • Elizabeth Becker, FEMA, Local Hire – Emergency Management Specialist
  • Leslie Mujica, Executive Director and Chief Marketing Officer; So. Nevada IBEW and NECA LMCC/Las Vegas Power Professionals
  • Hayley Williamson, Chair; Public Utilities Commission