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September 5, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Renewable energy mandate too costly

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Shutting down NV Energy’s coal-fired power plants is probably a good idea from an air pollution standpoint, and it shouldn’t increase the cost of power if the coal is replaced with natural gas.

But as Thursday’s story indicates, NV Energy and the renewable energy industry are trying to pile much more expensive alternative energy onto consumers by falsely tying it to the coal issue.

NV Energy says its plan will cost an additional 4 percent, total, over the next 20 years. But if that is true, why does Senate Bill 123 allow rate increases of 5 percent a year? That could mean rates going up 165 percent in that time.

Renewable energy has nothing to do with toxic coal plant emissions, and more than doubling the cost of electricity to pay for it would take billions of dollars out of our economy.

It’s time to recognize that we can’t afford the state’s 25 percent renewable energy mandate, and quit trying to confuse the public to convince them otherwise.

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