Support CEP's Energy Choice Principles

As you may know, last year Nevada voters voted to pass the Energy Choice Initiative with a 73% majority – the largest majority for a ballot initiative in Nevada’s history! This initiative will restructure Nevada’s energy market and allow residents and business owners alike to choose more clean sources of electricity.

Prior to the initiative’s passage in 2016, CEP collaborated with multiple clean energy advocates to establish principles for the Silver State’s new energy markets. These principles are designed to ensure the protection of Nevada’s ratepayers, drive deployment and usage of renewable energy resources, spur innovation and create clean energy jobs.

The principles are:

    • Energy choice benefits – More clean energy, lower bills, improved energy efficiency and more – should be available to all consumers, from individual low-income users to the largest industrial customers and everyone in between.
    • Protection of Existing Customers – Any restructuring should ensure that existing customers, especially low-income Nevadans, are not left with increased costs when large users choose different energy providers. It must also ensure that stranded assets are dealt with fairly.
    • Renewable Energy Targets – A restructured energy market should require that all energy providers meet the renewable portfolio standard. Nevada should set a new long-term goal of achieving at least 80 percent clean energy by 2040, with interim milestones to steadily move toward cleaner energy.
    • Distributed Generation – A restructured energy market should allow for customers to install local clean energy with fair compensation that accounts for the societal benefits of increased Nevada jobs and economic development, reduced climate pollution and improved air quality and public health.
    • Energy Efficiency – A restructured energy market should ensure that all customers, regardless of energy provider, contribute appropriately to insure Nevada can increase its energy efficiency. Robust energy-efficiency programs should be offered, including significant options to enable low-income consumer access to energy efficiency measures.
    • Small-scale Community Choice – A restructured energy market should allow for programs like community solar (shared solar among neighbors and others) and community choice aggregation by municipalities and other entities.
    • Jobs – A restructured energy market should create good-paying jobs for Nevadans and should provide a fair transition for workers displaced by changes in the market.
    • Oversight – A restructured energy market must ensure that energy providers and energy distributors are adequately regulated to prevent market manipulation, price gouging and other unintended consequences. Nevadans must have a clear place to get information, file complaints and have problems remedied.

The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada is seeking input on the development of this new energy blueprint. CEP intends to play a leading role in ensuring an energy choice marketplace means more renewables, a healthier environment and a sustainable future with more clean tech jobs.

Please voice your support for these principles by signing our letter to the PUC using the form below. These signatures will be delivered to the PUC on Dec. 29, 2017.