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Nevada Solar/Grid Legislation

Discussion in 'Energy, Environment, and Policy' started by TheTalkingMule, May 8, 2017.

  1. TheTalkingMule

    TheTalkingMule Distributed Energy Enthusiast

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    Massive news out of Nevada last week as the state legislature has put the final touches on a complete 180 for residential solar in the state. Germany tells the story of the current global solar renaissance, but IMO Nevada tells the story of residential solar in the US.

    Not long ago Nevada's Buffett-owned monopoly utility NV Energy leveraged their connections within the state legislature, state utility commission and governor's mansion to essentially sabotage the entire residential solar market. By eliminating net metering(even for existing solar customers), adding fixed fees, and proposing a payback rate of 3 cents per kWh, NVEnergy instantly made solar a massive financial risk. SolarCity operations ground to a halt and state-wide installs shrank to nothing.

    Fast-forward to the 2016 election cycle where the people of Nevada passed a ballot initiative to deregulate from their existing monopoly. It'll take another vote in 2018 to fully implement, but it appears the message got across.

    Nevada Senate passed both SB65 and SB204 unanimously
     
  2. SageBrush

    SageBrush 2018: Drain the Sewer

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    I love your optimism, but I'll wait for the current louses in the NV to be kicked out and residential PV to bloom again before I celebrate.
     
  3. TheTalkingMule

    TheTalkingMule Distributed Energy Enthusiast

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    That's the crazy thing, a lot of these are the same players. This is the same governor who was lead council for NV Energy before being placed in the governor's mansion.

    I could have sworn I also saw a proposed schedule for compensation. A step down scheme from net metering to certain percentages of retail price depending on solar's % of peak supply. Sounds very similar to Germany's wildly successful feed-in-tariff.

    This has passed the Senate unanimously, can't imagine the state House would be able to stop it considering the amount of jobs at stake. We shall see!
     

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