Geothermal industry comes out against Question 3

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20MW geothermal binary power plant at Steamboat Springs south or Reno. Wikimedia Commons
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20MW geothermal binary power plant at Steamboat Springs south or Reno. Wikimedia Commons

The Geothermal Resources Council Policy Committee, an industry association that advocates for public policies that will promote the development and utilization of geothermal resources, has announced its opposition to the proposed Energy Choice Initiative on the 2018 ballot.

If passed Question 3 would direct the Nevada Legislature to “establish an open, competitive retail electric energy market” no later than July 1, 2023.

Question 3 would “disrupt Nevada’s progress on renewable energy by paralyzing future clean energy projects across the state” by dismantling and deregulating Nevada’s existing electricity system, the industry group said in a statement.

Nevada is ranked second in the U.S. for geothermal development.

Question 6, a completely different energy ballot, would mandate that whatever companies provide power in the future, at least half of Nevada’s electricity must come from clean sources by 2030. Question 3 supporters contend that their initiative will promote the development of renewable energy, but nothing in the constitutional amendment specifically requires that to happen.

Jeniffer Solis
Reporter | Jeniffer was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where she attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before graduating in 2017 with a B.A in Journalism and Media Studies. While at UNLV she was a senior staff writer for the student newspaper, the UNLV Scarlet and Gray Free Press, and a news reporter for KUNV 91.5 FM, covering everything from the Route 91 shooting to UNLV housing. She has also contributed to the UNLV News Center and worked as a production engineer for several KUNV broadcasts before joining the Nevada Current. She’s an Aries.

4 COMMENTS

  1. NV Energy has stated it will not purchase ANY geothermal power to meet Renewable Portfolio requirements so it’s really strange that the association would come out and make this statement.

  2. Such complete nonsense and Mia information…article says “Question 3 would “disrupt Nevada’s progress on renewable energy by paralyzing future clean energy projects across the state” by dismantling and deregulating Nevada’s existing electricity system…”. Please folks, do not fall for these bogus scare tactics. Federal regulations prohibit any such nonsense and the question basically says that the NV legislature is required to produce legislation to “establish an open, competitive retail electric energy market” no later than July 1, 2023. So it is basically an amendment saying that the legislature MUST enact legislation to make this happen by 2023. The legislature can include verbiage to require alternative or renewable energy sources. The amendment just holds the NV legislature to the fire to insure they get this done. This “Fear” isn’t backed by facts, just more lies…Vote #yeson3!

  3. Brad I totally agree! They’re spending so much money to scare us into NOT having a voice. We need to do as much as possible to spread the word about YES ON 3. We can not continue to fall for the treats that these ads are attempting to plant in our heads. We’re better then this. Research information for yourself and then make a decision. Your future depends on it. We have the power, do NOT continue to allow monopolies to control us. VOTE YES ON 3 and find out why this will be a great decision for our great state and our country.

  4. NV Energy is spreading a lot of lies. It’s the only way they can blind consumers into believing that energy choice is a bad idea. #Yeson3

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