I recently purchased a solar panel system for my home, and I’ve learned that net metering has come under fire because nonsolar customers face higher bills to subsidize those who have solar panels. How is this possible?
I will still be an NV Energy customer who pays all the basic service charges. It is also my understanding that the energy I feed into the grid will be credited at 5.5 cents per kilowatt hour, but when I need that same power, I will need to pay 11 cents per kWh. I compare this with depositing $100 in the bank, then going back the next day and having bank employees inform you that your $100 is only worth $50. How is this possible?
I don’t wish to create an unfair burden on any others. I am not trying to compete with NV Energy. I just want to get the proper credit for the power I produce and use.
For the many Nevada families who depend on paychecks from the U.S. government, we can be glad that a funding measure has been put in place to keep things running — even temporarily — at the federal level. But as Congress debates other pressing fiscal issues such as the debt ceiling, you can bet that legislators — with a nod from President Barack Obama and Nevada Sen. Harry Reid — will look to the energy industry for more revenue.
A bigger tax bill for oil and natural gas companies will mean less money in the pockets of Nevadans, from young families trying to buy a home, to the unemployed seeking a job, to small businesses looking to expand their operations and to seniors and others just trying to get by. Our state’s small but growing energy industry has been a factor in diversifying our economy beyond tourism, agriculture and ranching. But raising taxes on new and ongoing ventures would effectively slow or halt the progress that’s been made in oil and gas development here.
The core businesses that make up our state’s economy all rely on affordable energy. Raise the industry’s taxes, and economic growth will stall, investment will dry up, jobs will disappear and many Nevada families will find it harder to make ends meet. That’s unacceptable. Our legislators and our president should keep these consequences in mind as they debate fiscal issues and tinker with the nation’s tax code.
Republicans can’t govern
The Republicans took over control of both houses of Congress in 2014 and have been unable to pass any legislation of consequence. If it weren’t for renaming post offices, voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act and investigating the Benghazi attack ad nauseam, they could probably stay home and phone in their work.
Now they have suffered further embarrassment as until recently they were unable to find anyone willing to lead their party as speaker of the House. Rep. John Boehner should have long ago stood up to the 40 or so deadbeat representatives now known as the Freedom Caucus. He might still have a job if he would have put the Senate version of the immigration bill up for a vote and shown people that Republicans could govern. But to appease the former tea party dolts and show disdain for President Barack Obama, Speaker Boehner opted for job security, rather than doing what was right for the country.
The Republicans deserve what they get, which just might be extinction.