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Valerie Espinoza

Chair
New Mexico Public Regulation Commission

Valerie Espinoza Valerie Espinoza was elected as Commissioner of District 3 of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC) in November 2012. She began serving her term and was selected to be Vice Chair of the NMPRC in January 2013. In January 2016, she was appointed to Chairman of the Commission.

Espinoza is committed to protecting the public interest while engaging utilities to advance efficiency and clean energy sources. She promotes innovation and technological advancement in the electric, gas, telecommunications, water, wastewater and transportation industries and advocates for public safety in oversight of the Fire Marshal.

She is presently a member of the Renewable Taos/Rocky Mountain Institute eLab Accelerator Team, the Hispanics in Energy organization, and the National Association of Regulated Utility Commissioners (NARUC), where she serves on three of NARUC’s committees, including the Committee on Energy Resources & the Environment, the subcommittee on Utility Marketplace Access, and is a member of the Telecommunications Act Modernization (TeAM) Task Force.

Additionally, Espinoza is the current Chair of the Commission’s Wildfire Task Force. In that capacity, Espinoza convened more than 20 tribal, local, state and federal governmental agencies along with utilities, cooperatives, non-profit organizations and citizens to discuss wildfire prevention solutions.

Among her many awards, certificates and accomplishments, Espinoza has been nominated Albuquerque Business First’s Woman of Influence in 2014, a recipient of the Capital City Professional & Business Woman of the Year Award (2009), was twice nominated the New Mexico Status of Women’s “Woman of the Year” in 2003 and 2007, respectively, and garnered Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Pollution Prevention Awareness Award.


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