Nevada voters to decide fate of sweeping energy initiatives


Nevadans will see two major energy measures on the November ballot.

Question 3, “The Energy Choice Initiative,” was approved overwhelmingly by Nevada voters in November 2016. Voters must re-approve Question 3 in November 2018 in order for it to become law.

The Energy Choice Initiative would amend the state’s constitution to create and facilitate open, competitive electricity markets that provide customers with “meaningful” energy choices and effectively prohibits a legal monopoly structure for electric utilities. It explicitly allows customers to generate electricity for themselves or in association with others, and to join with and to sell electricity on the market. The initiative directs the legislature to enact laws to create an open, competitive electricity market by July 1, 2023, and to set standards for safety, reliability, renewable energy use, and consumer protection. The initiative further specifies that the amendment’s language may not be construed to invalidate the state’s policies addressing renewables, efficiency and environmental protection. Several environmental and clean energy groups have come out recently in opposition to Question 3.

The Renewable Energy Promotion Initiative will appear on the ballot for the first time in 2018 as Question #6. This ballot initiative amends Nevada’s constitution to increase the state’s existing RPS from 25% by 2025 to 50% by 2030.Ballot initiative #6 would also require the Nevada legislature to pass a law consistent with this constitutional amendment by July 1, 2021.