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Geothermal industry comes out against Question 3

By: - August 29, 2018 5:20 pm
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20MW geothermal binary power plant at Steamboat Springs south or Reno. | CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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20MW geothermal binary power plant at Steamboat Springs south or Reno. | CC BY-SA 3.0 via 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.

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Jeniffer Solis
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.

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