Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011 | 11:48 p.m.
CARSON CITY — Gov. Brian Sandoval has named a UNLV official to be a member of the state Public Utilities Commission that regulates electric, natural gas, water and other utilities in Nevada.
Luis Valera, director of government relations at UNLV, will succeed PUC Chairman Samuel Thompson, who resigned. The governor elevated Commissioner Alaina Burtenshaw to chair the three-member board.
Valera is former public affairs director for the Nevada Resort Association. He is currently chairman of the Latin Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas and a member of the Nevada Commission on Economic Development.
During his time on the development commission, Valera has supported efforts in technology commercialization of biosciences and in pursing Department of Energy funding for UNLV, the governor said.
Valera holds a law degree from the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV.
“As a former financial advisor and public relations executive, Luis has the diverse background needed on the Public Utilities Commission,” Sandoval said.