Key Note Speaker - Michael Yackira, CEO NV Energy

Michael Yackira joined Sierra Pacific Resources (now NV Energy) in January 2003. He was elected Chief Executive Officer of Sierra Pacific Resources effective August 1, 2007. In February 2007, he was elected President and Chief Operating Officer of Sierra Pacific Resources, and also to the Board of Directors. Prior to that Michael was Corporate Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (December 2003 to February 2007) and Executive Vice President, Strategy and Policy (January 2003 to December 2003).

Yackira spent more than a decade as an executive with FPL Group, serving in several positions, including President of FPL Energy; Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of FPL Group; and Senior Vice President of Market and Regulatory Services for Florida Power & Light. His experience includes extensive roles in operations, finance and regulatory matters in other industries, including telecommunications, and oil and gas.

Yackira holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Lehman College, City University of New York, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Mr. Yackira is a board member of the Nevada Development Authority, UNLV Foundation Board of Trustees, Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees, and the Council for a Better Nevada. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Edison Electric Institute.

A native of New York City, Yackira is married and has three children.