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April 2, 2015

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Regulators question NV Energy plan to export renewable power to California

CARSON CITY — NV Energy is studying shipping solar and geothermal power to California. But regulators and consumer advocates are questioning the mammoth project.

"It's a risk to your shareholders," Public Utilities Commissioner Rebecca Wagner said during a PUC workshop Thursday. "You're flying without a net."

Documents filed by the company indicate it has spent $150,000 on studying the project so far.

Dan Jacobsen of the state Consumer Affairs Division says there.s worry that if the project fails the Nevada ratepayers will be hit. He noted that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hasn't approved the plans so far.

The utility says its Renewable Transmission Initiative is in line with the "general public policy principles" of the federal energy agency.

Christopher Hilen, associate general counsel of NV Energy, assured regulators that shareholders, not customers, are paying for the study.

Three areas in the state have been identified as potential sites for geothermal or solar energy. Companies in these areas would build and finance the plants for the generation.

So far 50 groups that have expressed interest in projects that could generate 5,000 megawatts of renewal energy, Hilen said.

NV Energy says it expects to collect money from those interested to pay the cost of the study and moving the project through government channels.

NV Energy would construct the pipeline to export the energy. The utility has met with the Bureau of Land Management on possible transmission line corridors to deliver the power to the border of California.

Michael Picker, senior energy advisor to Gov. Jerry Brown, said there are a number of solar and wind energy projects advancing that is moving California closer to meeting its goal of having one third of its power from renewable resources by 2020.

Picker, in an August 2011 letter to the Western Electricity Coordinating Council, said the Brown Administration was "also particularly concerned when we see proposals for large renewable energy resource development outside of California interconnecting across long distances directly into California."

He said cost and risk may plague these proposed plans to ship renewal energy into California.

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  1. If you sell energy to California, then I really need two things to happen:

    (1) Remove the Smart Meter you attached to my condo. Do it the old fashioned way and look at the damn meter once in awhile to make sure it's working, rather than using a computer...which is only a way to blame problems on the computer later...not humans.

    (2) Remove the rate hike on my bill. Make California pay for it since you seem to want to cater to them more than to Nevada users.

    It's only fair. Since you seem to think we don't matter anymore. You used us all up, can't use us no more, so screw it, LET'S GO AFTER CALIFORNIA!

    I hope people are waking up to this. One thing happens, then another thing happens, then NV Energy runs around and says one thing is not connected to the other.

    I cry foul.

    No. Wait.

    I cry bull snookey!

    It's time to hold NV Energy accountable...

  2. Your article is incorrect the ratepayers have spent $150,000 NOT NV Energy.

    NV Energy money comes from the ratepayers not NV Energy. They need to fund this scheme by immediately cutting dividends and profits accordingly.

    For every profit dollar they make off solar sold to CA they need to cut home owners rates here by one dollar. If there is to be a supposed solar dividend it needs to go to the ratepayers of NV who will end up funding this scheme and who provide the huge profits NV Energy constantly reaps.

  3. For every penny that ratepayers are charged for infrastructure they should receive stock in the company . Otherwise we are just investing in a company with no share of the profits . Where is my share of the profit? What we need is a class action suit to recover our profits from our investments in this company .

  4. First, the PUC must put a moritorium on the salaries of top level NV Energy Administration, and upon "shareholders." I am not convinced that NV Energy IS a PUBLIC utility. It acts like a private corporation that is exploiting the very public it serves!

    Next, we are all for increased GREEN energy supplies---let's make the goal 100% green energy power useage! Let's promote the future of our planet! So if California is achieving their green energy goals, why not Nevada? Time to evaluate the green energy score card.

    For every foot of transmission lines dedicated to California's green power goal, Nevada and NV Energy should be also doing the same thing, bringing this state towards complete green energy compliance.

    But, as we see, NV Energy is a monopoly here. The little guy citizen has few resources to convert properties to possess complement and green energy to integrate with the current supply. We need the PUC to listen and do for us, and NV Energy is fixated on caring for their own.

    Blessings and Peace,

  5. I wanted to go Solar. After a 6K NVE Grant and a Federal Tax deduction the payback period would still be over 15 years, even with a 6% annual Electric increase (which is unjustifyable). Solar is still far to expensive for the Residential Buyer. In the future though prices will drop considerably and there will be a viable way to eliminate Nevada Energy. We can't wait to send these inept greedy CEO's packing.

  6. Is this a form of Legalized Theft?

    Is this For better of NV residents for now and future or for more profit for now and future of NV energy co.?

    "And The World Turns Askew With All Its Creaks and Noises," as my friend always say!