Regional Transmission Coordination Task Force

On Dec. 2, 2021, Governor Steve Sisolak announced the appointment of 19 members to the Regional Transmission Coordination Task force, which was formed through the signing of Senate Bill 448 during the 81st Nevada Legislative Session.

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.

Meeting Information

Meeting Date / Time / Location Notice and Agenda Meeting Materials Minutes and Recording
4/26/2022, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Carson City Location:
Legislative Building
401 S. Carson St.
Room 4100
Carson City, NV 89701
Las Vegas Location:
Grant Sawyer Building
555 E. Washington Ave.
Room 4401
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Agenda 3. Open meeting law review
4. Opening remarks by the Chair:
6. Transmission 101 - Cameron Dyer & Ken Wilson, WRA
8. Markets 101 - Maury Galbraith, WIEB  9. Current state of transmission in Nevada and the West:
     a. NV Energy - Carolyn Barbash
     b. LS Power - Mark Milburn
     c. GridLiance/NextEra Energy Transmission - Fanny Kidwell
     d. TransCanyon - Jason Smith 
          - California ISO 2021-2022 Transmission Plan
11. Next steps:
     a. State Led Market Study
          - Technical Report
          - Market & Regulatory Review Report 
     b.Western Flexibility Assessment Report
10/12/2022
Time and location TBA
     

Task Force Members

  • Senator Chris Brooks(task force chair)
  • Carolyn Barbash, Vice President, Transmission Development and Policy, NV Energy (representative of an electric utility that primarily serves densely populated counties)
  • Carolyn Turner, Executive Director, Nevada Rural Electric Association (representative of an organization that represents rural electric cooperatives and municipally owned electric utilities in Nevada)
  • Eric Witkoski, Executive Director, Colorado River Commission of Nevada (representative of the Colorado River Commission)
  • Luke Papez, Director, Project Development, LS Power Development (representative of a transmission line development company operating in Nevada)
  • Richard Perkins, President/CEO, The Perkins Company (representative of the large-scale solar energy industry in Nevada)
  • Mona Tierney-Lloyd, Head, U.S. State Public Policy & Institutional Affairs, Enel North America (representative of the geothermal energy industry in Nevada)
  • Alise Porto, VP of Sustainability and Strategic Initiatives, Switch (representative of the data center businesses in Nevada)
  • John Seeliger, Regional Energy Manager, Nevada Gold Mines (representative of an organization that represents the mining industry in Nevada)
  • Erik Hansen, Chief Sustainability Officer, Wynn Resorts (representative of an organization that represents the gaming and resort businesses in Nevada)
  • Jeremy Newman, Assistant Business Manager, IBEW Local Union 396 (representative of a labor organization in Nevada)
  • Cameron Dyer, Managing Senior Staff Attorney, Western Resource Advocates (representative of an organization in Nevada that advocates on behalf of environmental or public lands issues who has expertise in or knowledge of environmental or public lands issues)
  • Kostan Lathouris, Managing Member, Lathouris Law PLLC (representative of the Nevada Indian Commission)
  • David Bobzien, Director of the Governor’s Office of Energy (representative of the Office of Energy)
  • Kris Sanchez, Deputy Director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development (representative of the Office of Economic Development)
  • Rebecca Wagner, Self-Employed- Owner/Consultant, Wagner Strategies (representative of the general public)
  • Elizabeth Becker, FEMA, Local Hire - Emergency Management Specialist (representative of the general public)
  • Leslie Mujica, Executive Director and Chief Marketing Officer, So. Nevada IBEW and NECA LMCC/Las Vegas Power Professionals (representative of the general public)
  • Assemblywoman Melissa Hardy, Nevada State Assembly (Two members of the Assembly, nominated by the Speaker of the Assembly, at least one of whom must be a member of the minority political party)
  • Hayley Williamson, Chair, Public Utilities Commission (nonvoting representative of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada)
  • Ernest Figeuroa, Nevada State Consumer Advocate, Nevada Attorney General's Office (nonvoting representative of the Bureau of Consumer Protection in the Office of the Attorney General)