In 2016, the Energy Choice Initiative was the most popular ballot initiative in state history. But there are concerns among the rural communities that the ballot measure would disrupt or change the unique nonprofit electric cooperative system that has allowed small communities such as Pioche, McDermitt, Wells and Caliente to have reliable electric service outside of NV Energy’s jurisdiction.
In fact, White Pine County even voted against it. If approved by voters in 2018, the Energy Choice Initiative would require Nevada by 2023 to transition from its current top-down monopoly model, where NV Energy serves as the state’s primary electric utility, to a competitive retail model where multiple businesses, not just a single utility, compete to provide generation and retail electric service.
To read more about the rural communities concerns, see the Nevada Independent article by clicking here.