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October 21, 2014

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NV Energy asks for OK to join California power sharing system

NV Energy is proposing to join a California system that will allow it to share power with other companies.

The power company says it will save between $6.5 million to $9.5 million in 2017 and more in future years.

The company filed its application Wednesday with the state Public Utilities Commission to participate in the California Independent System Operator Corporation.

NV Energy, which has 1.3 million customers, estimates the upfront cost at $11.2 million to join the system, which it says would open the door to low-cost energy exchanges in times of need.

By joining the sharing system, the company would reduce construction and production costs, it says. And its excess power could be transmitted to markets in need in California.

Every five minutes there would be a survey to determine the needs or excess of power among the participants.

The Nevada company says there are already two direct connections with the California corporation. The California system operator is scheduled to go live in October.

In its 230 page application to the utilities commission, the company stresses Nevada customers will be protected under the plan.

The application will be reviewed by the state Bureau of Consumer Protection and the staff of the utilities commission to assess its benefits and possible pitfalls.

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