Nevada Governor Forms Committee on Energy Choice

On February 13, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (R) released an Executive Order (EO# 2017-03) establishing the Governor’s Committee on Energy Choice, as promised during his State of the State Address in January – and as the Silver State’s voters had mandated when they approved Ballot Question 3 last November 8, eliminating energy monopolies and establishing a competitive market.

At the same time, Governor Sandoval appointed Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchison (R) to serve as Chairman of the committee.

The passage of Ballot Question 3 would amend the Nevada Constitution, if voters approve the initiative again in the 2018 general election. Nevada voters supported a State policy that “electricity markets be open and competitive so that all electricity customers are afforded meaningful choice among different providers, and that economic and regulatory burdens be minimized in order to promote competition and choices in the electric energy market.”

“Stability in our energy market is crucial for all Nevadans. A second passage of this initiative will change the way Nevadans consume energy from flipping on hallway lights and ensuring power in our hospitals to illuminating the neon lights of the Las Vegas Strip,” commented Governor Sandoval. “By bringing together these stakeholders, we can properly prepare for what could be a major utility transformation.

“The Lieutenant Governor is the right person to navigate this complex discussion,” Sandoval added, “and I am confident in his ability to bring forward the best recommendations to secure the promise and potential of the Silver State’s energy future.”

 During his State of the State address on January 17, Governor Sandoval noted, “This Committee will help prepare us for the complicated changes that lay ahead if Nevadans approve energy choice. It will include members of the Legislature, major customers, organized labor, renewable energy experts, senior citizens representatives, and others. I will ask that they prepare a transition plan enabling us to enter the new markets by 2023.”

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