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Tell the Public Utilities Commission to reject NV Energy’s proposal!

Nevadans shouldn’t owe the power company $44.40 every month before they even flip on a light switch. 

NV Energy’s recent proposal to the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada would almost triple their fixed monthly service charge from $16.50 to $44.40 – that’s an additional $27.90 on customers’ bills every month. Their proposal has serious ramifications that would harm low- and fixed-income Nevadans, give customers less control over their power bills, and even undermine state policies to reduce air pollution and reduce carbon emissions from the power sector, leaving hardworking families with the short end of the stick. 

Nevadans shouldn’t owe the power company $44.40 every month before they even flip on a light switch. 

The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada is hearing public comments on NV Energy’s proposal. It’s critical that the Commission hear from everyday Nevadans like you. There are two ways to submit a comment: 

Attend a session and submit your comment verbally. 

The Commission is holding three Consumer Sessions. The first two will be held on Tuesday, June 4 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the A Hearing Room at the Commission’s office (1150 E. William Street, Carson City NV 89701). The third session will be held on Thursday, June 13 at 6 p.m. at the Washoe County Commission Chambers (1001 E.Ninth Street, Building A Reno, NV 89512). Nevadans who would like to make a public comment in person are welcome to attend these sessions and can sign up to make a comment with PUCN staff, who will be facilitating the session and answering questions about the process.  

Create an account and submit your comment digitally. 

Click here for a helpful visual walkthrough for using the PUCN’s electronic filings page to submit a comment. 

On or before June 13th, register on the PUCN’s electronic filings page using the “Not registered?” link. Once you’re logged in to the welcome page, select “Open docket filing” and fill in your information (populate the “Filed For” field with your name).  

In the “Docket #” field, input 24-02026 and select “Find.” A box will appear below with the title “Application to Change Rates” and a description that reads, “Application of Sierra Pacific Power Company d/b/a NV Energy for authority to adjust its annual revenue requirement for general rates charged to all classes of electric customers and for relief properly related thereto.”  

In the dropdown at the bottom of the page, select “Other filings in an open docket” and then select “Continue.” 

Using “Select PDF file,” upload your comment. (Be sure to format your comment as a black and white PDF with all pages in “portrait” mode, otherwise your comment will not be considered!) Select “Upload.” 

On the next page, electronically sign your document, and you’re done!  

Submitting a public comment can be intimidating, especially if you’ve never done it before. To make the process easier, we’ve written a draft that you can submit as-is or edit to reflect your personal concerns and unique voice.

To the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada,

I urge you to reject the “Application of Sierra Pacific Power Company d/b/a NV Energy for authority to adjust its annual revenue requirement for general rates charged to all classes of electric customers and for relief properly related thereto.” 

Tripling the monthly fixed charge for residential customers from $16.50 to $44.40. This massive service fee will significantly affect the power bills of hardworking Nevadans, especially those in low- and fixed-income households.  

Furthermore, the proposal effectively removes the incentive for customers to conserve electricity and meaningfully save money on their energy bills. Without that incentive, customers may increase their energy usage. That leads to a host of policy considerations for the Commission, including: 

  1. NV Energy will ultimately have to spend more to achieve the same levels of energy savings from its customer-focused energy efficiency programs; 
  2. As demand for electricity rises, NV Energy will need to invest in new power plants, raising rates for all customers; and 
  1. The move sends the signal to customers that conserving energy is no longer rewarded and promotes energy waste. This undermines state policy to reduce carbon pollution from the power sector and improve air quality for Nevadans – especially critical in Northern Nevada, where air quality is already among the worst in the nation. 

NV Energy’s proposed service charge increase intends to make residential bills reflect the costs of demand for power that residential customers put on the power system by equally apportioning those costs across all customers through a higher fixed charge. Unfortunately, under that higher fixed charge, users who place the least demand on the power system will be disproportionally penalized. 

This proposal is a blunt instrument that will impose significant costs on those least able to afford it. I strongly urge the Commission to reject the “Application of Sierra Pacific Power Company d/b/a NV Energy for authority to adjust its annual revenue requirement for general rates charged to all classes of electric customers and for relief properly related thereto.” 

Sincerely, 

[Insert your name] 

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