NV Energy’s Efficiency Programs Decline in 2013
NV Energy’s customers are paying higher utility bills due to a lack of state standards and utility incentives for energy efficiency programs in the state. According to two reports released recently by NV Energy, the utility’s customers saved 61 percent less in 2013 than they did as a result of the utility’s programs in 2009.
The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) has proposed two bills to the Legislative Committee on Energy in an effort to urge Nevada policymakers to adopt energy savings requirements.
The first proposed bill calls for Efficiency Resource Standards (EERS) to complement Nevada’s Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS).
Utility customers in Arizona, which has already adopted EERS, saved nearly three times as much energy as did NV Energy’s customers in 2013, according to SWEEP. Colorado, New Mexico and 23 other states have also adopted EERS.
The second proposed bill would provide NV Energy with a financial incentive if the utility achieves the energy savings requirements established by the EERS. SWEEP is recommending that the incentive be based on a sliding scale—the more energy and money that customers save as a result of the utility’s programs, the larger the incentive should be.
In 2009, NV Energy was the regional leader in helping consumers save energy and money, ranking 16th among US states for energy efficiency in an American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) annual scorecard. In 2013, Nevada ranked 33rd on the scorecard.
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