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Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Announces Support For Nevada Ballot Question 3, The Energy Choice Initiative

Squaw Val­ley Alpine Mead­ows has joined the likes of Tes­la, Switch, Patag­o­nia, Win­nemuc­ca Farms, Wolf­gang Puck, the Neva­da Con­ser­va­tion League and the Clean Ener­gy Project by declar­ing sup­port for the Ener­gy Choice Ini­tia­tive –a bal­lot mea­sure that if approved, will elim­i­nate NV Energy’s elec­tric­i­ty monop­oly, pro­vide Nevadans with more options for clean­er, more afford­able elec­tric­i­ty, more than dou­ble Nevada’s clean ener­gy jobs, and spur inno­va­tion and eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment.

We are very much of the north­ern Neva­da com­mu­ni­ty and proud to sup­port our neigh­bors in Neva­da by back­ing this all-impor­tant bal­lot ques­tion,” said Pres­i­dent and CEO Andy Wirth, who also serves as the Vice Chair­man of the Reno Tahoe Air­port Board of Trustees as well as Chair­man and Pres­i­dent of the Region­al Air Ser­vice Cor­po­ra­tion, a Neva­da based orga­ni­za­tion lead­ing the devel­op­ment and fund­ing of com­mer­cial air ser­vice into the region. “Squaw Val­ley Alpine Mead­ows is stead­fast­ly com­mit­ted to clean, sus­tain­able ener­gy, and the cre­ation of green ener­gy jobs and new tech­nol­o­gy. Our vision of a sus­tain­able future here at Squaw Val­ley Alpine Mead­ows aligns direct­ly with both the visions of oth­er sup­port­ers such as my friends and part­ners at Switch, Tes­la, Patag­o­nia, and oth­ers, as well as the lan­guage and intent of Ques­tion 3, the Ener­gy Choice Ini­tia­tive.”

The Ener­gy Choice Ini­tia­tive will give con­sumers more ener­gy options and low­er costs by giv­ing them 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.  The peti­tion directs the Neva­da State Leg­is­la­ture to enact laws to estab­lish an open, com­pet­i­tive elec­tric­i­ty mar­ket.  The Leg­is­la­ture can begin estab­lish­ing the open mar­ket as soon as the 2017 Leg­isla­tive Ses­sion.

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.

Vot­ed 2016 ‘Best Ski Resort’ in North Amer­i­ca by USA Today, Squaw Val­ley Alpine Mead­ows is an inter­na­tion­al­ly renowned moun­tain resort in North Lake Tahoe that spans over 6,000 ski­able acres. Squaw Val­ley Alpine Mead­ows is ded­i­cat­ed to pre­serv­ing our win­ters and alpine envi­ron­ment for cur­rent and future gen­er­a­tions. One of its prin­ci­pal mis­sions is to care for and cher­ish nat­ur­al resources. Squaw Val­ley Alpine Mead­ows has pledged to con­tin­ue to reduce its foot­print, remain an ear­ly-adopter of sus­tain­able tech­nolo­gies, and to work with­in its com­mu­ni­ty to encour­age peers and part­ners to do the same.

The Ener­gy Choice Ini­tia­tive would amend the State’s con­sti­tu­tion to intro­duce com­pe­ti­tion into the elec­tric­i­ty sec­tor pro­vid­ing con­sumers the free­dom to choose their elec­tric­i­ty sup­pli­er. Elec­tric­i­ty sup­pli­ers would pro­vide dif­fer­ent options to cus­tomers includ­ing elec­tric­i­ty from solar and oth­er low cost, clean sources of elec­tric­i­ty.

Near­ly one-third of Amer­i­cans already have the abil­i­ty to choose their elec­tric­i­ty sup­pli­ers, and data from states with ener­gy choice shows low­er elec­tric­i­ty costs across all sec­tors — res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial, and indus­tri­al — with a near­ly 20% cost sav­ings for con­sumers.  If the Ener­gy Choice Ini­tia­tive is passed, Neva­da would be one of the first in the west to cre­ate retail ener­gy choice, sup­port­ing greater inno­va­tion, job cre­ation and new renew­able ener­gy tech­nolo­gies.

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