Rooftop-solar coalition wants to keep existing rate through Dec. 31

CARSON CITY — A coalition of rooftop-solar companies has submitted a proposal to the Nevada Public Utilities Commission asking the panel to adopt Nevada’s existing net metering rate as an interim tariff through Dec. 31.

The Alliance for Solar Choice, in its filing with state regulators, said the new rate proposed by NV Energy for future rooftop-solar customers filed July 31 “proposes 16 new tariffs that include exorbitant new fixed charges for net metering customers and an unprecedented proposal to impose demand charges on residential customers for the first time.”

The coalition said that NV Energy’s proposal would have a devastating impact on solar customers and threaten the state’s 6,000 solar industry jobs.

The Legislature directed the PUC to adopt a new rate for future net metering customers, who receive a credit for the excess electricity they produce from their rooftop-solar systems. Lawmakers declined to raise the existing net metering cap of 235 megawatts, which could be reached as soon as the end of this month. The new tariff would take effect by Dec. 31.

Rooftop-solar officials say a new but reasonable interim tariff is needed to keep the industry thriving in Nevada if the 235-megawatt cap for the existing program is reached in the next few weeks. But they oppose NV Energy’s net metering rate proposal for its Nevada Power customers in Southern Nevada. The utility has proposed its new rate be adopted on an interim basis starting Sept. 15.

The PUC will consider interim tariffs at a workshop Friday.

“NV Energy’s proposal is voluminous, complicated, extreme, unprecedented, and requires opportunity for discovery and more than a single day of hearings,” the coalition filing says.

As one example, the filing proposes an increase in the monthly fixed charge for residential solar customers to $18.15 from the current $12.75, a 42 percent increase, the filing says.

The group also takes issue with a proposal for a new “demand” charge for rooftop-solar customers and suggested it was the first step toward imposing such charges on all residential customers.

NV Energy says the demand charge is meant to cover the cost of infrastructure and new generation capacity that all of its customers rely upon to ensure an uninterrupted power supply even at peak demand times.

The only utility to adopt a mandatory demand charge for residential solar customers is the Salt River Project in Arizona, where there was a 95 percent drop in solar applications, the filing says.

Bryan Miller of Sunrun Inc., a member of the solar coalition, said recently there is evidence to suggest that NV Energy, part of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, has a long-term plan to apply such charges to all customers.

NV Energy said in a response: “Rate structures that include a demand charge send transparent price signals and accurately reflect the cost of serving customers. A demand charge has been in place for our commercial customers for more than 50 years. We have not made the decision on whether we will be proposing a three-part rate structure for our residential customers.”

The solar filing says: “The commission should take time to carefully consider whether Berkshire’s proposal is good for Nevada ratepayers or just Berkshire’s shareholders.”

Contact Sean Whaley at swhaley@reviewjournal.com or 775-687-3900. Find him on Twitter: @seanw801.

 

ad-high_impact_4
Business
Ross & Snow launches in Las Vegas
Luxury shoe brand Ross & Snow has opened in Las Vegas, featuring "functional luxury" with premium shearling footwear. (Bailey Schulz/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Remote Identification and Drones
DJI vice president of policy and public affairs discusses using remote identification on drones. (Bailey Schulz/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Drones and public safety in Nevada
Two representatives in the drone industry discuss UAV's impact on public safety. (Bailey Schulz/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Frontier Airlines to launch flights from Las Vegas to Mexico
Frontier, a Denver-based ultra-low-cost carrier, will become the first airline in more than a decade to offer international service to Canada and Mexico from Las Vegas when flights to Cancun and Los Cabos begin Dec. 15. (Rick Velotta/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren addresses Oct. 1 lawsuits
MGM Resorts International Chairman and CEO Jim Murren addresses criticism his company has received for filing a lawsuit against the survivors of the Oct. 1 shooting. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
MGM Resorts International opens the doors on MGM Springfield
Massachusetts’ first hotel-casino opens in downtown Springfield. The $960 million MGM Springfield has 252 rooms and 125,000-square-feet of casino. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
MGM Resorts International prepares to open MGM Springfield
Las Vegas-based MGM Resorts International gave news media and invited guests a preview of the $960 million MGM Springfield casino in Massachusetts. The commonwealth's first resort casino will open Friday, Aug. 24. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
A Walk Through Circus Circus
It only takes a short walk through Circus Circus to realize it attracts a demographic like no other casino on the Strip: families with young children. (Todd Prince/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Morphy Auctions, a vintage slot machines seller, wants gaming license
Vice president Don Grimmer talks about Morphy Auctions at the company's warehouse located at 4520 Arville Street in Las Vegas on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. (Rick Velotta/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Nevada's venture capital money doesn't stay in state
Zach Miles, associate vice president for economic development for UNLV, said there’s venture money in Southern Nevada, “but trying to find the right groups to tap into for that money is different.” According to a 2017 report from the Kauffman Foundation, Las Vegas ranked number 34 out of 40 metropolitan areas for growth entrepreneurship, a metric of how much startups grow. With a lack of growing startups in Las Vegas, investment money is being sent outside of state borders. The southwest region of the U.S. received $386 million in funding in the second quarter, with about $25.2 million in Nevada. The San Francisco area alone received about $5.6 billion. (source: CB Insights)
Neon wraps can light up the night for advertising
Vinyl wrap company 5150 Wraps talks about neon wraps, a new technology that the company believes can boost advertising at night. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Nevada on the forefront of drone safety
Dr. Chris Walach, senior director of Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems, talks to a reporter at NIAS's new Nevada Drone Center for Excellence of Public Safety, located inside the Switch Innevation Center in Las Vegas. K.M. Cannon Las Vegas Review-Journal @KMCannonPhoto
Motel 8 on south Strip will become site of hotel-casino
Israeli hoteliers Asher Gabay and Benny Zerah bought Motel 8 on the south Strip for $7.4 million, records show. They plan to bulldoze the property and build a hotel-casino. Motel 8 was built in the 1960s and used to be one of several roadside inns on what's now the south Strip. But it looks out of place today, dwarfed by the towering Mandalay Bay right across the street.
Project billed as one of the world's largest marijuana dispensaries plans to open Nov. 1
Planet 13 co-CEO Larry Scheffler talks about what to expect from the new marijuana dispensary, Thursday, July 19, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Oasis Biotech opens in Las Vegas
Brock Leach, chief operating officer of Oasis Biotech, discusses the new plant factory at its grand opening on July 18. (Bailey Schulz/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
UNLV Tech Park innovation building breaks ground
Construction on the first innovation building at the UNLV Tech Park is underway. (Bailey Schulz/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Caesars Forum Meeting Center
Caesars broke ground Monday on its $375 million Caesars Forum Meeting Center (convention center) just east of the High Roller observation wheel. (Caesars Entertainment)
Technology reshapes the pawn shop industry
Devin Battersby attaches a black-colored device to the back of her iPhone and snaps several of the inside and outside of a Louis Vuitton wallet. The device, installed with artificial intelligence capabilities, analyzes the images using a patented microscopic technology. Within a few minutes, Battersby receives an answer on her app. The designer item is authentic.
Recreational marijuana has been legal in Nevada for one year
Exhale Nevada CEO Pete Findley talks about the one year anniversary of the legalization of recreational marijuana in Nevada. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Young adults aren't saving for retirement
Financial advisors talk about saving trends among young adults. (Bailey Schulz/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
President Trump’s tariffs could raise costs for real estate developers, analysts say
President Donald Trump made his fortune in real estate, but by slapping tariffs on imports from close allies, developers in Las Vegas and other cities could get hit hard.
Las Vegas business and tariffs
Barry Yost, co-owner of Precision Tube Laser, LLC, places a metal pipe into the TruLaser Tube 5000 laser cutting machine on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Las Vegas. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Nevada Film Office Connects Businesses To Producers
The director of the Nevada Film Office discusses its revamped locations database and how it will affect local businesses. (Bailey Schulz/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
TOP NEWS
News Headlines
ad-infeed_1
ads_infeed_2
Local Spotlight
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
Circular
You May Like

You May Like