Question 6 encourages renewable energy in Nevada

RENO, Nev (KOLO) Nevada sees more sunshine than just about any other state.

It makes sense that many people are harnessing that energy. And although it was a calm day Thursday, wind turbines generated plenty of power as well in Northern Nevada. Geothermal power is not uncommon. It too is known as a renewable energy source.

Question 6 on the Nevada Ballot asks:

"Shall Article 4 of the Nevada Constitution be amended to require, beginning in calendar year 2022, that all providers of electric utility services who sell electricity to retail customers for consumption in Nevada generate or acquire incrementally larger percentages of electricity from renewable energy resources so that by calendar year 2030 not less than 50 percent of the total amount of electricity sold by each provider to its retail customers in Nevada comes from renewable energy resources?"

“This is nothing new for Nevada. We've had a renewable portfolio standard. We did it five years before California did. We did it a decade before Oregon did. We did it nine years before Arizona did. So this will just continue a policy that we have had here. But, what it does is, it gets us back up to speed,” says Kyle Roerink, Yes on 6 communications director.

Roerink says Nevada was a leader when it came to renewable energy.
But our state, he says, has fallen behind when it comes to pursuing all that renewable energy has to offer. The price, he says, is only going down, with fossil fuel prices on the rise.

The amendment, if passed, would require Nevada's legislature to come up with provisions to implement the law in slow increments with the mandate reaching its goal in 2030.

But those who oppose Question 6 say there is no way to guarantee these renewable energy sources will be cheaper in the future than fossil fuels. Once this amendment goes into effect, they say, consumers are stuck.

That could mean stuck paying higher prices by depending upon renewable energy to power their homes when other energy sources could be cheaper.

Many have asked what impact Question 3, if passed, will have on Question 6.

Roerink says whatever happens to Question 3, Question 6, if approved by voters twice, will still require whomever is providing energy to Nevadans—50% of that energy will have to come from renewable sources.

Billionaire Tom Steyer and his group NextGen America is funding the Question 6 Campaign.

If Question 6 passes, it will go to the voters again in 2020.

A second passage would mean the Nevada Constitution will be amended to require retail electric customers in Nevada to receive 50% of their energy from renewable sources within 10 years.