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01 / ABOUT US

NEVADANS FOR AFFORDABLE
CLEAN ENERGY CHOICES

The Nevadans for Afford­able Clean Ener­gy Choic­es PAC is a statewide coali­tion rep­re­sent­ing Neva­da vot­ers, large and small employ­ers, com­mu­ni­ty lead­ers, and con­sumers with a goal to open Nevada’s ener­gy mar­kets and give con­sumers the option to pur­chase renew­able ener­gy and low­er over­all ener­gy costs.

While ener­gy tech­nol­o­gy has vast­ly improved in recent years, Neva­da laws have not kept pace with inno­va­tion. The absence of a com­pet­i­tive ener­gy mar­ket in the Sil­ver State has denied Nevadans the free­dom to adopt clean ener­gy and even threat­ens the pur­suit of inno­va­tion. If approved, the Ener­gy Choice Ini­tia­tive would change that by pro­hibit­ing a legal­ized monop­oly for elec­tric util­i­ty gen­er­a­tion and giv­ing Nevadans the right to choose their ser­vice provider from an open retail mar­ket based on price, reli­a­bil­i­ty, envi­ron­men­tal impacts, and oth­er impor­tant factors.


 ENDORSEMENTS FOR YES ON 3

The peo­ple of Neva­da, along with all Amer­i­cans, are begin­ning to rec­og­nize that they are being held cap­tive — it is time to end ener­gy monop­o­lies once and for all.”

–U.S. Senator Harry Reid, Senate Democratic Leader

 

  “Ques­tion 3 seeks to estab­lish a com­pet­i­tive retail ener­gy mar­ket in the state. If passed the pro­pos­al man­dates that law­mak­ers abol­ish elec­tric­i­ty monop­o­lies in hopes of cre­at­ing more options for pow­er users. While the details would depend upon leg­is­la­tion that has yet to be writ­ten, the con­cept is sound. Choice and com­pe­ti­tion in any eco­nom­ic are­na ulti­mate­ly ben­e­fit con­sumers. Vote yes on Ques­tion 3.”

– Las Vegas Review Journal, October 2016

 “The Ener­gy Choice Ini­tia­tive makes all the sense in the world and has proven to work well else­where. It pro­vides Nevadans the oppor­tu­ni­ty to shop around and buy elec­tric­i­ty on the com­pet­i­tive open mar­ket and to decide whether they want their elec­tric­i­ty to be gen­er­ate by the sun, wind or hot ground­wa­ter, or by nat­ur­al gas or (we dread the thought) coal. The Sun endors­es Ques­tion 3, the Ener­gy Choice Initiative.”

– Las Vegas Sun, October 2016

 “The RGJ Edi­to­r­i­al Board sup­ports vot­ing yes on state bal­lot Ques­tion 3 to dereg­u­late Nevada’s ener­gy mar­ket. The ini­tia­tive would end NV Energy’s monop­oly on the state’s elec­tric­i­ty and allow oth­er com­pa­nies to sell elec­tric­i­ty to Neva­da cus­tomers, like­ly bring­ing more next-gen­er­a­tion busi­ness­es, spurring inno­va­tion and low­er­ing rates.”

– Reno Gazette-Journal, October 2016

 “Now, Nevadans have anoth­er chance to let free mar­kets set the price of elec­tric­i­ty instead of monop­oly pow­er com­pa­nies and pub­lic util­i­ty reg­u­la­tors. Ques­tion 3 on the statewide Novem­ber bal­lot, if passed, would start the process of amend­ing the state Con­sti­tu­tion to pro­hib­it grant­i­ng elec­tric­i­ty monop­o­lies or exclu­sive fran­chis­es … This news­pa­per endors­es pas­sage of Ques­tion 3.”

– Mesquite Local News, October 2016 

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Below is a par­tial list of found­ing mem­bers who sup­port a YES vote on the Ener­gy Choice Ini­tia­tive as of August 2016.

02 / KEY FACTS

If approved, Ques­tion 3 will pro­vide Nevadans with options for clean­er, more afford­able elec­tric­i­ty. By cre­at­ing an open, well-reg­u­lat­ed elec­tric­i­ty mar­ket, Neva­da con­sumers will have the abil­i­ty to choose their ser­vice providers based on impor­tant fac­tors such as price, reli­a­bil­i­ty, and the abil­i­ty to choose to pur­chase more renew­able energy.

Near­ly one-third of Amer­i­cans already have the abil­i­ty to choose their elec­tric­i­ty sup­pli­ers and sev­er­al states have suc­cess­ful­ly tran­si­tioned to open ener­gy mar­kets. Data from states with ener­gy choice shows low­er elec­tric­i­ty costs across all sec­tors – res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial, and indus­tri­al – with a near­ly 20 per­cent cost sav­ings for consumers.

While ener­gy tech­nol­o­gy has vast­ly improved in recent years, Neva­da laws have not kept pace with inno­va­tion. The absence of a com­pet­i­tive ener­gy mar­ket in the Sil­ver State has denied Nevadans the free­dom to adopt clean ener­gy, low­er elec­tric­i­ty costs, and even threat­ens the pur­suit of innovation.

If approved by Neva­da vot­ers, Ques­tion 3 will direct the Neva­da Leg­is­la­ture to enact laws to estab­lish an open, com­pet­i­tive elec­tric­i­ty mar­ket. Neva­da law­mak­ers could begin estab­lish­ing the open mar­ket as soon as 2017.

If approved, Ques­tion 3 will pro­vide Nevadans with options for clean­er, more afford­able elec­tric­i­ty. By cre­at­ing an open, well-reg­u­lat­ed elec­tric­i­ty mar­ket, Neva­da con­sumers will have the abil­i­ty to choose their ser­vice providers based on impor­tant fac­tors such as price, reli­a­bil­i­ty, and the abil­i­ty to choose to pur­chase more renew­able energy.

Near­ly one-third of Amer­i­cans already have the abil­i­ty to choose their elec­tric­i­ty sup­pli­ers and sev­er­al states have suc­cess­ful­ly tran­si­tioned to open ener­gy mar­kets. Data from states with ener­gy choice shows low­er elec­tric­i­ty costs across all sec­tors – res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial, and indus­tri­al – with a near­ly 20 per­cent cost sav­ings for consumers.

If approved by Neva­da vot­ers, Ques­tion 3 will direct the Neva­da Leg­is­la­ture to enact laws to estab­lish an open, com­pet­i­tive elec­tric­i­ty mar­ket. Neva­da law­mak­ers could begin estab­lish­ing the open mar­ket as soon as 2017.

While ener­gy tech­nol­o­gy has vast­ly improved in recent years, Neva­da laws have not kept pace with inno­va­tion. The absence of a com­pet­i­tive ener­gy mar­ket in the Sil­ver State has denied Nevadans the free­dom to adopt clean ener­gy, low­er elec­tric­i­ty costs, and even threat­ens the pur­suit of innovation.

03 / FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What happens if my new energy supplier goes out of business?

The State of Neva­da will appoint a default ener­gy provider.

If I were to choose an energy supplier, what part of my utility service would change?

You would choose which com­pa­ny sup­plies you with elec­tric­i­ty. NV Ener­gy would con­tin­ue to deliv­er that elec­tric­i­ty to your home/business over its trans­mis­sion and dis­tri­b­u­tion sys­tem. The new sup­pli­er may own elec­tric­i­ty gen­er­at­ing plants (nat­ur­al gas, solar, wind, geot­her­mal) or may pur­chase it from anoth­er company. 

You would still receive one pow­er bill, but part of your month­ly bill would be paid to the pow­er provider and the oth­er part to NV Ener­gy for trans­mis­sion and ser­vice charges.

Where could Nevada business and residents find a list of energy suppliers?

Most ener­gy choice states, such as Texas, have devel­oped web­sites (ex. powertochoose.org) with lists of licensed ener­gy sup­pli­ers. The com­pa­nies list­ed on the web­site can be sort­ed by renew­able ener­gy, term of con­tract, price, and cus­tomer ser­vice rat­ing. Oth­er states offer lists or phone num­bers of poten­tial ener­gy suppliers. 

Would Nevada business and residents be forced to choose a new electricity supplier?

The Neva­da Leg­is­la­ture will make that deci­sion. In some ener­gy choice states, ener­gy con­sumers do not HAVE to choose a new sup­pli­er. They can choose to remain with the incum­bent util­i­ty. Oth­er states have cho­sen to pro­hib­it the util­i­ty from gen­er­at­ing and sell­ing pow­er to consumers. 

In both cas­es, the util­i­ty retains own­er­ship of the trans­mis­sion and dis­tri­b­u­tion grid and respon­si­bil­i­ty for main­tain­ing the sys­tem and billing cus­tomers. Ener­gy choice states sim­ply give con­sumers the right to choose a new sup­pli­er, aggre­gate a com­mu­ni­ty to pur­chase elec­tric­i­ty, or gen­er­ate their own power. 

Will Question 3 eliminate the need for large energy consumers to pay “exit fees” as required by the Public Utilities Commission under the current law (NRS Chapter 704B)?

The Neva­da Leg­is­la­ture will be respon­si­ble for craft­ing the law to imple­ment ener­gy choice and pay for the utility’s pow­er plants and infra­struc­ture that have not been ful­ly recouped. Oth­er states that have tran­si­tioned to com­pet­i­tive retail mar­kets have allowed util­i­ties’ strand­ed costs to be recov­ered through fees over a peri­od of time, rather than a sin­gle, puni­tive “exit fee.” 

How is this petition different than the last time Nevada considered energy choice?

There are near­ly two decades of expe­ri­ence with ener­gy choice in oth­er states that Neva­da can learn from in craft­ing its marketplace. 

Addi­tion­al­ly, tech­nolo­gies such as solar, Tes­la lithi­um bat­ter­ies, and inter­net-enabled appli­ances give con­sumers vast­ly more options for gen­er­at­ing their own pow­er and being more effi­cient. In the 1990s, util­i­ties only had to wor­ry about com­pe­ti­tion from oth­er pow­er providers; today, they face com­pe­ti­tion from the con­sumers they serve. 

What are electricity rates like in states with energy choice?

Price trends in states with ener­gy choice have been more favor­able to cus­tomers than price trends in those states which retain tra­di­tion­al monop­o­lies. This has been the case since states began adopt­ing ener­gy choice in the mid-1990s. For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it:  http://competecoalition.com/files/COMPETE%20White%20Paper_Evolution%20of%20Revolution_Final.pdf Refer to pages 5 & 6. 

How will competitive energy markets affect average Nevadans?

Nevadans will have access to more choic­es for pur­chas­ing ener­gy, includ­ing from com­pet­i­tive ener­gy sup­pli­ers and the option to gen­er­ate or pur­chase clean electricity. 

How will the ballot measure be implemented?

The bal­lot ini­tia­tive directs the Neva­da Leg­is­la­ture to enact laws pro­vid­ing for elec­tric­i­ty choice no lat­er than July 1, 2023, how­ev­er the Leg­is­la­ture may begin estab­lish­ing the open mar­ket as ear­ly as the 2017 leg­isla­tive session.

Why is energy choice good for Nevada?

While ener­gy tech­nol­o­gy has vast­ly improved in recent years, Neva­da laws have not kept pace with inno­va­tion. The absence of a com­pet­i­tive ener­gy mar­ket in the Sil­ver State has denied Nevadans the free­dom to low­er their elec­tric­i­ty costs, adopt clean ener­gy, and even threat­ens the pur­suit of innovation. 

Near­ly one-third of Amer­i­cans already have the abil­i­ty to choose their elec­tric­i­ty sup­pli­ers and sev­er­al states have suc­cess­ful­ly tran­si­tioned to open ener­gy mar­kets. Data from states with ener­gy choice shows low­er elec­tric­i­ty costs across all sec­tors – res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial, and indus­tri­al – with a near­ly 20 per­cent cost sav­ings for consumers. 

Neva­da law cur­rent­ly autho­rizes a sin­gle util­i­ty to pro­vide elec­tric ser­vice to cus­tomers. The util­i­ty is owned by investors and pro­vides ser­vice to Nevadans under a legal monopoly. 

What is Question 3, the Energy Choice Initiative?

Ques­tion 3, oth­er­wise known as the Ener­gy Choice Ini­tia­tive, is a bal­lot ini­tia­tive that will appear on the 2016 and 2018 Neva­da statewide bal­lots. If approved, Ques­tion 3 will amend the state con­sti­tu­tion to open Nevada’s elec­tric­i­ty mar­kets and give con­sumers and busi­ness­es the option to choose their elec­tric ser­vice providers based on impor­tant fac­tors such as price, reli­a­bil­i­ty, and the abil­i­ty to pur­chase more renew­able energy. 

04 / JOIN US

JOIN OUR EFFORTS TO BRING CLEAN, AFFORDABLE ENERGY CHOICES TO NEVADANS.

I/We sup­port Nevadans for Afford­able Clean Ener­gy Choic­es and want the oppor­tu­ni­ty to choose an ener­gy provider based on impor­tant fac­tors such as price, reli­a­bil­i­ty, and the abil­i­ty to choose to pur­chase more renew­able energy.

  • You may list me/my business/my organization as a member of the official coalition formed to support the Energy Choice Initiative. Please send any questions, comments or concerns to: