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September 1, 2014

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New energy director named

An executive with a geothermal energy company has been named director of the state Office of Energy by Gov. Brian Sandoval.

Paul Thomsen, director of Ormat Technologies since 2005, will succeed Stacey Crowley, who resigned this year to take a job in California.

He will earn a maximum of $106,904 as director of the office that promotes alternate sources of energy in Nevada. He will take over the job Oct. 14.

At Ormat, Thomsen was involved in federal, state and local regulations and in geothermal project development in the United States. Previously he served as a regional representative for U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev. and was a legislative correspondent for former Sen. Dick Bryan.

In announcing the appointment Thursday, Sandoval said, “Paul has extensive experience managing federal, state and local legislative, regulatory and strategic public relations programs in the energy industry.”

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