INSTALLING FREEDOM by Craig Newton,
Supporters of the Energy Choice Initiative ballot measure released a study Wednesday that said Question 3 would lower energy bills, disputing a report from state regulators.
According to the PUC’s report, which was requested by the governor’s task force, Nevadans would be on the hook for at somewhere between $4 billion and $6 billion in stranded assets such as coal plants that NV Energy, the state’s largest provider, would have to divest.
Garrett’s report characterized those NV Energy assets not as stranded costs that customers would have to pay for but rather as stranded benefits that would go towards reducing energy bills. BECAUSE THOSE ASSETS COULD BE PURCHASED BY ANYONE AND PRODUCED AN ABUNDACE OF ENERGY THAT WOULD DRIVE PRICES DOWN AS ALWAYS.
The cost to install rooftop solar installations has dropped by half in the past five years, and the rooftop companies had put panels on nearly 800,000 homes and business across the country by mid-2015.
But the success of the leasing business mode has prompted utilities to push back against the net metering policies, which threaten to eat away at their business growth while increasing their costs. Below is a letter from a Democrat true to her anti-Wall Street Bernie Sanders sentiment.
By Elizabeth Jones, Las Vegas Friday, April 29, 2016 | 2 a.m.
I sent the following email to Sen. Harry Reid:
Senator, as a 25-year resident and lifelong registered Democrat, I implore you to look into the Nevada PUC’s rulings against solar energy that clearly benefit only NV Energy and Warren Buffett.
Though the coal-fired Reid Gardner Generating Station had undergone extensive technology improvements and was among the cleanest coal facilities in the nation, Harry “Coal Makes Us Sick” Reid managed to twist enough arms in the 2013 Legislature to garner passage of Senate Bill 123, which mandates closing the plant — with ratepayers picking up every last dime of expense rather than the shareholders of NV Energy — and replacing its 557 megawatt capacity with brand new natural gas-fired and renewable energy plants.
Griffin, the Question 3 amendment’s author, says federal regulators are much better equipped to oversee electricity markets now than they were when the concept of allowing customers to choose the company that provides them power was still new.
Here is some of the plan that will secure Harry Reid’s power over the state of Nevada and reward his billionaire donors like Buffett and the Chinese. The plan includes several solar and battery projects, including a 100 megawatt solar project coupled with a 25 megawatt battery storage system at Fish Springs Ranch near Reno, a 300 megawatt solar project at Eagle Shadow Mountain Solar Farm on land owned by the Moapa Band of Paiutes and a 250 megawatt plant at Sempra’s Copper Mountain Solar Facility near Boulder City. The utility is also proposing two additional battery storage projects with a combined 50 megawatt capacity. Those projects will likely be used to make existing solar plants more efficient.
Those projects will result in spending $2.175 billion to construct, as well as more than 1,700 construction jobs and about 76 long-term jobs. The utilities commission, if it approves the plan, will likely allow the utility to recover the costs of the projects through rates.
So later Harry comes out in fake support of the “Occupy Wall-Street” crowd with this.
Former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid (D), a supporter of Question 3, argued:
“ … Nevadans are poised to gut energy monopolies’ rigid power grabs and directly participate in the clean energy economy. Voting “yes” on energy choice will represent a seismic shift for America and the world — a momentous example of how the people can take down an outdated, special interest monopoly and choose the future they want for their state and their country. ”
Jon Wellinghoff, chief policy officer at SolarCity and former chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, responded to criticism of the measure, saying:
Fearmongering surrounding the potential for market manipulation should also be put to bed. In the wake of the Western energy crisis of the 1990s, Congress voted to give the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) far-reaching power to better oversee the energy market, protect consumers from fraud and other misconduct, and deliver stiff fines for wrongdoing. The agency’s budget has also been expanded to provide for teams of lawyers, economists and investigators that monitor our power markets on a daily basis.As a result, manipulative market behavior of the type seen during the crisis is no longer a legitimate threat. …
If passed by Nevada voters, Question 3 will set the state on a trajectory to be an example for the 21st century energy grid.
Question 3 provides for the possibility of a neutral grid operator and fair and well-regulated competition that produces lower prices, more green energy options and advances in energy technology with the power to change the way we live. The measure is an important step forward that creates a foundation for Nevada’s green grid of the 21st century. I urge you to look into the facts and vote yes on Question 3.
But, just the opposite is true for Question 6. Since the power crisis of the early 2000’s settled down, the dominant policy driver in the electricity sector has unquestionably been a focus on developing renewable sources of electricity generation. As is well known (outside of the LA Times apparently), California has one of the country’s most aggressive renewable portfolio standards (RPS). The RPS requires each firm that sells electricity to end-users to procure an increasing fraction (33% by 2020, 50% by 2030) of the energy they sell from renewable sources. Yet they have forced PG&E to put out of production hydroelectric power plants in the Feather and Pit Rivers. That is some of the cleanest power there is. Something sinister is going on there and Nevada Democrats are pushing the same corrupt moves.
The idea of clean energy excites me because I’m in the business of selling solar through Sunworks. I feel that every Nevada property owner should have their own power station and sell excess production to the grid. Democrats want it all for themselves and their crony billionaire buddies at our expense. They are no for 3 and yes for 6, forcing us into the same energy cost as California.
Buffett’s Berkshire-owned utilities are not popular with many advocates of rooftop solar and other forms of distributed generation. While they’re eager to invest in their own clean energy, they’re often aggressive in trying to undermine policies that support private generation, said Steve Kalland, executive director of the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center.
Warren Buffett is a socialist. Socialist support Democrats who award enormous, even monopolistic control over industries. The failure of every socialist movement such as Venezuela is that they murder or drive away owners of business and appoint their own controllers. Chavez in Venezuela and Perron in Argentina confiscated business profits to provide great free services to the people. But soon there are no more profits and nobody smart enough to run the businesses and the state collapses. Fascist like Harry Reid and Steve Sisolak, the Democratic nominee for governor in 2018 are following Hitler’s idea of leaving Warren Buffet in control but forcing him to produce weapons of war instead of pots and pans. OOps, that was Businessman Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) in Krakow in 1939, well same thing.
Republicans instead want freedom to choose, or CHOICE. Republicans believe that we will move towards what’s best for us as we exercise our free will in the marketplace. We don’t want Billionaire Buffet and Power Hungry Harry controlling us like pawns for their pleasure and profit, especially when they already have stollen way more than their fair share.
So vote YES ON QUESTION 3 AND NO ON QUESTION 6. AND GET RESIDENTIAL SOLAR!