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Advocate says deregulating Nevada energy market will benefit even small customers

Geoff Dor­nan, The Neva­da Appeal - Despite fears to the con­trary, the head of the group push­ing for final pas­sage of the Ener­gy Choice ini­tia­tive said not just big busi­ness but res­i­den­tial cus­tomers and small busi­ness­es will ben­e­fit from an open and com­pet­i­tive retail elec­tric­i­ty mar­ket.

Jon Welling­hoff of Policy/DER (for Dis­trib­uted Ener­gy Resource tech­nol­o­gy) told a joint meet­ing of the North­ern Neva­da Devel­op­ment Author­i­ty and Car­son Val­ley Cham­ber of Com­merce even for small cus­tomers, “I think your over­all total month­ly bills will be less.”

Asked about what the ini­tia­tive amend­ing Nevada’s con­sti­tu­tion to end the monop­oly held by NV Ener­gy would do to kilo­watt hour rates, he said that doesn’t real­ly mat­ter.

Nobody has a real inter­est in how much you pay per kilo­watt hour,” Welling­hoff said. “They have an inter­est in how much you pay on your month­ly bill.”

Welling­hoff, head of Policy/DER con­sult­ing, is a for­mer mem­ber and chair­man of the Fed­er­al Ener­gy Reg­u­la­to­ry Com­mis­sion, for­mer gen­er­al coun­sel of the Nevada’s Pub­lic Util­i­ties Com­mis­sion and the state’s first Con­sumer Advo­cate. He said large cus­tomers like the major resorts and mines already have the abil­i­ty to opt out of NV Ener­gy and buy elec­tric pow­er else­where. He said the bal­lot ques­tion before vot­ers in 2018 gives all con­sumers that right.

Peo­ple in Neva­da will ulti­mate­ly have choice for ener­gy,” he said.

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