Commission: Valley Electric Association's pact with Creech AFB does not violate state law

The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada found Wednesday that Valley Electric Association’s $36.6 million contract with Creech Air Force Base was not in violation of the state law, as NV Energy alleged in a complaint filed in January.

In September 2012, the Department of Defense awarded Valley Electric Association a contract to purchase, maintain and operate the electric distribution infrastructure at Creech Air Force Base. Service began June 1.

NV Energy, which provides power to the air force base, said VEA was reselling or distributing electricity to the base.

NV Energy’s complaint to the PUCN requested that the utilities commission issue a cease-and-desist order to VEA for operating a public utility without a certificate of public convenience and necessity within Nevada Power Co.’s exclusive service territory.

VEA does not sell electricity to Creech and does not operate as the electric service provider for the base. NV Energy continues to provide power.