Nevada regulators to use stimulus to hire staff

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Posted: Dec 04, 2009 11:54 AM

Nevada utility regulators plan to use about $800,000 in federal stimulus funds for employee training and to add two new staff members to focus on renewable energy.

A Public Utilities Commission of Nevada official said the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds will help manage an increasing demands for oversight of renewable energy, transmission and distribution, energy efficiency and smart grid technology.

PUC executive Crystal Jackson says the commission expects recent activity in those areas to increase in coming years.

Jackson says that in addition to educational outreach and regulation, the commission is expected to provide testimony and advice on developing renewable energy and infrastructure, inspect generators, and track and verify customer energy credits.