Article: Energy ballot question an ‘all or nothing moment’ for Nevada
Riley Snyder, The Nevada Independent — For someone who hasn’t given a public interview in more than a decade, Rob Roy certainly has a lot to talk about.
The enigmatic founder of data center giant Switch, a company that within just a few years has emerged from relative obscurity to a publicly traded $4 billion corporation, sat down earlier this week for a three-hour interview with The Nevada Independent, where the 48-year-old self-proclaimed “tech futurist” revealed his frustrations with NV Energy, and accused the electric utility of pocketing tens of millions of dollars every year in “overearnings.”
Inside his massive Reno area-data center (which between the armed guards, giant concrete walls and sheet-metal decor invokes comparisons to the lair of a James Bond villain), Roy laid out not only a laundry list of complaints against NV Energy, but the many potential benefits he saw coming to the state if it passes the Energy Choice Initiative on the 2018 ballot.
“The intelligent thoughts around this say that a group of people together really will make it better,” he said. “I have zero fear that we won’t make it better. Of course, guys, I know there aren’t a lot of people that maybe feel that way, but, people go, ‘well, wait, how did you start this company, Rob? This is a $4 billion company you started in Nevada, weren’t you afraid?’ Yeah, but guys, fear doesn’t fix anything, actions do.”