Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 | 2 a.m.
CARSON CITY – Eleven people have been named to a state task force to promote development of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
Gov. Brian Sandoval wants the task force to initially focus on development of transmission facilities to ship such energy sources as solar and geothermal power out of the state.
Of the 11, only one is from Las Vegas — Tom Morley of Laborers Union 872.
Named from Reno to the task force by Energy Director Stacey Crowley were Ellen Allman of Terragen, Matt Frazer of Associated General Contractors, Jack McGinley of NV Energy, Paul Thomsen of Ormat and John Tull of the Nevada Wilderness Project.
Crowley picked Tom Husted of Valley Electric Association in Pahrump, Carla Pihowich of Amonix in Southern California, Ian Rogoff of the Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization in Incline Village, Lawrence Willick of LS Power of St. Louis, Mo., and Jim Woodruff of First Solar from Southern California.
Sean Sever, energy outreach coordinator for the energy office, said those individuals from out of state all have ties to Nevada.
Crowley said the first meeting will be held before the end of the year and the task force will present a report to the governor by Aug. 1, 2012.
She said the task force would meet with regional and federal groups and work on a plan to develop renewable resources and related industries at the lowest possible risk to ratepayers.
Appointed to an advisory committee were John Candelaria of Las Vegas and Assemblywoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick of North Las Vegas.
Others named were Kathleen Drakulich, Alex Gamboa, Jason Geddes, Amy Leuders and Connie Westadt, all of Reno.
Also appointed were Jim Baak of the San Francisco Bay Area, Joni Eastley of Nye County, Dan Jacobsen and Rebecca Wagner, both of Carson City, and state Sen. James Settelmeyer of Douglas County.