Energy ballot measures: Who’s on first?

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    Power lines near Hoover Dam. Wikimedia Commons photo

    Environmentalists oppose Question 3. Question 3 supports Question 6. Question 6 is supporting, well, Question 6.

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    The Sierra Club, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Western Resources Advocates issued a joint statement Thursday opposing Question 3, which would amend the Nevada constitution to allow customers to buy electricity on the open market. Large electricity users are particularly keen to see Question 3 pass, and a lavishly funded campaign to that effect is bankrolled in large part by Las Vegas Sands and Switch. 

    “If Question 3 passes, it will upend the clean energy progress we’re making here in Nevada,” said Anne Macquarie with the Sierra Club. “Right now, NV Energy has big plans for new solar infrastructure, and the rooftop solar market is quickly recovering, but that may all change. The uncertainty of a deregulated market threatens all of Nevada’s clean energy momentum, and that’s bad for jobs, it’s bad for public health, and it’s bad for clean air and water.”

    Meantime, Yes on 3 earlier this week announced its support of Question 6 ballot measure, which would require all Nevada electric service providers to generate or acquire at least half their power from renewable sources by 2030.

    “The Energy Choice Initiative is about providing Nevadans clean energy at lower rates through competition and innovation,” said Scot Rutledge, spokesperson for Yes on 3. “The combination of a 50 percent clean energy standard along with energy choice will make Nevada a leader in clean energy investments and reducing carbon emissions.”

    Nevadans for a Clean Energy Future, or the Yes on 6 campaign, issued a statement responding to the endorsement from Yes on 3. The endorsement was not exactly reciprocated.

    “Nevadans overwhelmingly support renewable energy because they know it means cleaner air, healthier families, lower costs, and more jobs,” said Katie Robbins, campaign manager of Nevadans for a Clean Energy Future. “No matter what the energy market looks like after November, Question 6 is the only measure that guarantees Nevada will get at least 50 percent of our energy from renewable sources by 2030. So it’s no surprise that it has supporters on both sides of Question 3.”

    Voters will decide on both ballot questions in November.

    Michael Lyle
    Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.

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