CARSON CITY, NV - February 12, 2016
Governor Brian Sandoval issued the following statement after the
Nevada Public Utilities Commission voted on the reconsideration of the
net metering rate structure in the state of Nevada.
“While I have
respected the Commission and its deliberations by not influencing its
process, the PUC did not reach the outcome I had hoped for. I remained
optimistic that the Commission would find a solution that considered the
economic consequences to existing rooftop solar owners. Today's
decision does not go far enough to protect their interests.
energy development in Nevada is a priority for me and an important and
evolving issue. I remain committed to providing a path for Nevada to
continue to explore the potential of our vast renewable energy portfolio
while ensuring Nevada has an equitable system that balances energy
policy with just and reasonable utility rates. There is no greater
friend to the solar industry than my Administration. In 2011, I signed
legislation enacting policies to stand up the rooftop solar market. In
2013, I approved another measure that doubled the net metering cap. In
2015, I signed into law a bill that again changed the net metering cap
and transferred oversight of this complex issue to the PUC. The 2015
legislation received public support from the rooftop solar industry and
many other interested parties. When I signed these bills, it was my
belief that the utility rates should remain constant for homeowners who
installed rooftop solar systems on their homes.
legislation was approved by a 41-1 vote in the Nevada Assembly and a
unanimous vote in the Nevada Senate. I am aware that many of our state
legislators share my concern about today’s decision and I am hopeful
that the Legislative Committee on Energy as well as the New Energy Task
Force will bring forward thoughtful recommendations to ensure that
Nevada has a stable energy policy that allows renewable energy in Nevada
to continue to thrive."