Nevada

The state of Nevada is taking substantial steps to capitalize on its abundance of sunlight.  Conversations regarding the technology are ongoing in the state legislature, regulatory agencies,  and communities around the state.  In fact, the state legislature is currently working with the Nevada Public Utilities Commission on SB 374 and new net metering rules that will affect all electricity users within the state.

  • Current and Recent Issues:
    • SB 374– Net Metering Cap
      • The 235-megawatt limit for the previous net metering treatment established by Senate Bill 374 has been reached. New applications will be subject to new net metering rules and rates that will be established by the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada before December 31, 2015.
    • On December 21, 2015, the Nevada PUC issued a draft order that finds that existing net metering rates unreasonably shift costs away from solar users onto other ratepayers. The new rates will be incrementally implemented over the next four years, effective January 1, 2016.
    • On December 22nd, 2015, the PUC adopted its drafter order.
    • On January 13th, 2016, the Nevada PUC issued a draft order that denied two Motions to Stay its new rates and tariffs filed by the Nevada Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection and The Alliance for Solar Choice.
    • On January 25th, 2016, NV Energy announced a ‘grandfathering’ proposal that would allow existing rooftop solar customers to continue to receive rates under the existing rules for up to 20-years. This proposal was made to honor existing contracts while also complying with SB 374.
    • On February 12th, 2016, the PUC issued a draft order that denies NV Energy’s ‘grandfathering’ proposal, which means that all existing and future rooftop solar customers in Nevada will operate under the new net metering rates as soon as they go into effect. A solar company has threatened to sue over the new rate rules.
    • On March 29th, 2016, a Nevada judge disqualify a ballot measure to restore previous net metering rates for rooftop solar customers.   Of his ruling, the judge said his decision was not based on the merits of solar but on a ‘flawed framing of the measure’.  The decision allows the political action committee to start gathering signatures for next year’s ballot. The decision is expected to be appealed.