Implementing the Energy Choice Initiative is going to be one of the biggest tests for Nevada policymakers if the proposed constitutional amendment passes in 2018 — but a key piece of homework is now completed.
The 25 members of the advisory Governor’s Committee on Energy Choice, which is chaired by Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison, voted Monday to approve the final set of recommendations on how to best enact the ballot question, which would constitutionally require Nevada to shed its monopoly electric system and transition to a competitive, retail market where multiple companies could generate electricity and sell power to individuals and businesses.
The final 51-page report is the result of more than 30 meetings and presentations over a year and a half, and includes 28 suggestions ranging from how to encourage renewable energy production in a retail market to best practices for educating customers on how to navigate a new marketplace. The committee’s work came after the measure passed on a 72 to 28 percent margin in 2016, but faces more formalized opposition this cycle from NV Energy, which stayed neutral on the measure in the past.
Although the committee’s report isn’t binding, it marks the culmination of a year’s worth of presentations and study on the ramifications of the ballot question and how to deal with them. But the dozens of recommendations still underscore the tall task facing lawmakers in 2019 and beyond of how to successfully transition the state’s electric market.