AGA Survey and Statistics System; AGA-CEE Natural Gas Efficiency Programs Survey: Utility expenditures for gas efficiency programs exclude data that have not been released by participating companies at the state level; U.S. Energy Information Administration; and U.S. Department of Transportation.
Statewide Elected Officials Next Election: 2018
Brian Sandoval (Rep.)Governor
Mark Hutchinson (Rep.)Lieutenant Governor
Adam Laxalt (Rep.)Attorney General
Legislature Next Election: 2018Session Dates: No regular session in 2016
Term: 4 year
President: Mark Hutchinson
President Pro Tempore: Dr. Joe Hardy
Senate Majority Leader: Michael Roberson
Senate Minority Leader: Aaron Ford
Senate Member Breakdown
Term: 2 year
Speaker of the Assembly: John Hambrick
Speaker Pro Tempore of the House: Paul Aizley
Majority Leader: Paul Anderson
Minority Leader: Irene Bustamate Adams
Assembly Member Breakdown
Public Utilities Commission of Nevada Commissioners: Gubernatorial appointment : 4 year termChairperson: Appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Governor: Indefinite term
Paul Thomsen, Commissioner Appointed by Governor Brian Sandoval in 2015; term ends in 2019
Joe Reynolds, Chairman Appointed as Chairman by Governor Brian Sandoval in 2016
Ann Pongracz, Commissioner Appointed by Governor Brian Sandoval in 2016, term expires in 2017
Nevada’s plan is meant to promote energy projects that lead to economic development, the use of renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation measures and a program for the safe disposal and recycling of electronic waste.
The current iteration of the plan is in progress, but it will likely include guiding principles, an assessment of current trends and a list of action items with a timeline for completion.
In 2007, Nevada enacted Senate Bill No. 437 which required the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to adopt regulations to establish methods and programs for a public utility which purchases natural gas for resale that remove financial disincentives which discourage the public utility from supporting energy conservation.
On June 6, 2007, the PUC voted to open an investigation and rulemaking to adopt, amend or repeal regulations pertaining to energy conservation in accordance with Senate Bill 437.
On March 18, 2008, the PUC voted to adopt permanent regulations relating to energy conservation programs. (Docket No. 07-06029)
In February of 2015, the Nevada Senate took up SB 151. This bill provides that the Commission shall adopt regulations authorizing a public utility which purchases natural gas for resale to expand the infrastructure of the public utility in a manner consistent with a program of economic development, including, without limitation: (a) Procedures for a public utility which purchases natural gas for resale to apply to the Commission for approval of an activity relating to the expansion of the infrastructure of the public utility in a manner consistent with a program of economic development; and (b) Procedures for a public utility which purchases natural gas for resale to apply to the Commission for the recovery of costs associated with an activity approved by the Commission.
This bill was signed by the Governor on May 13, 2015
As part of its GRC in 2011, Southwest Gas proposed a Gas Infrastructure Recovery Mechanism (GIR) that would have allowed the utility to invest in incremental non-revenue producing projects and collect on an annual basis the revenue requirement associated therewith. The GIR was not approved as part of the rate case; however, the Commission opened a rulemaking to develop regulations to facilitate the implementation of a GIR-type of recovery mechanism. Pursuant to the rulemaking, Southwest Gas is proposed a mechanism to allow the capital cost of qualifying investments to be deferred, and the associated revenue requirement recovered on an interim basis until its next general rate case.
On January 8, 2014, the Nevada Public Utilities Commission approved regulations establishing an application process for accelerated recovery of eligible costs associated with replacing natural gas pipelines to address safety and reliability concerns that are incurred by operators in between general rate cases.
WEC Energy Corp. subsidiary Trillium CNG owns and operates a station in Reno.
Through its subsidiary, Questar Fueling Co, Questar Corp. gas built a CNG station in Las Vegas.
Southwest Gas operates under a full revenue decoupling mechanism.