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January 28, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Energy efficiency a long-term solution

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The most cost-effective way to save money in energy costs is through improvements in energy efficiency.

NV Energy has a variety of programs for its customers that encourage energy efficiency. The Public Utility Commission of Nevada, which regulates Nevada’s utilities, will make a choice soon between three funding levels for the utility’s energy efficiency programs.

Because Nevada’s demand for electricity continues to grow despite the ongoing recession, the need to build new, expensive power plants looms in the near future. The bigger the energy savings in energy efficiency, the longer we can postpone building expensive, new power plants.

I urge the commission to fund the most aggressive of the three energy efficiency plans proposed by NV Energy.

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  1. Like it or not all users will pay more through taxes and fees levied by the utilities. We already are.


  2. Energy conservation is a good thing to do, but it may not save as much money as people expect.

    In Mesquite we have had one major casino close and visitor volume shrink. The result - the local power company has raised energy rates and doubled the base charge for residential customers because the reduced electrical load would not support the amortization of its debt and depreciation of its equipment. NV Energy customers have experienced the same.

    So use less energy because it's good for the planet and the right thing to do, but don't expect a monetary reward. No good deed goes unpunished.

  3. Commenter Future is on to something with, "Simply require all new construction to include solar panels on the roof and allow the buy back of excess power from those panels." Right on, Future!

    Had our illustrious politicians put the power into the hands (or roofs) of our nation's Citizens, rather private industry, as Solyndra, etc., we would well be on our way to decreased dependence on outrageously expensive power plants which require updating and eventual replacement. Putting the power in the hands of the public, would have grown more jobs, more "Made in the USA" manufacturing of solar goods and supplies, more retooling of Americans for jobs in the energy sector. If offered to most households here in the USA, homeowners would gladly have solar, wind, or geothermal power installed so as to do their parts in conserving energy.

    Let's encourage Lawmakers to go in the direction of helping the good People of this nation to support alternative energy.

    Blessings and Peace,