Campaigning for Trustee of
Overton Power District

Hello, Friends!

 

Election season is now underway and you may have noticed signs popping up throughout town. There are four Overton Power District seats on the ballot this election cycle. My seat is #7 at-large and the only one which represents all the ratepayers in the district. I hope to see you at the League of Women Voters Meet & Greet on Thursday, September 25 at 7:00 a.m. at the Mesquite Senior Center. I will also be in Bunkerville that same night at 6:00 p.m. at the Bunkerville Community Center. I have been meeting voters at small gatherings in people's homes. If you would like to invite me to meet your friends and neighbors, I would welcome the opportunity. If you would like to display a lawn sign to show your support for my candidacy, let me know. 


Presentations at the
NREA Meeting

The presentations at the Nevada Rural Electric Association (NREA) meeting earlier this month were quite informative. In Northern Nevada, the utilities have problems in following regulations to protect the sage grouse. Dave Dean gave a presentation with sage advice on dealing with the sage grouse. OPD is not affected by the regulations, but I note that OPD does take special care to avoid killing birds. 

 

John Vaughan talked about rate structures. All of the rural electric utilities are non-profit, and work hard to keep rates low. Dave Crabtree gave a legalistic talk on EPA Greenhouse Gas Standards, and pointed out the legal challenges to them. It is not yet known how these regulations will affect NREA utilities. The state of Nevada could put the entire burden on regulated utilities or could make the unregulated utilities use more green energy. The NREA members are taking this seriously, and are preparing to be able to act upon any requirements placed on them. Jim Bausell came from the Chesapeake Bay to talk on communications between the utilities and the public, with material that was generally useful to anyone. He recommended that utilities have trained and experienced communications specialists, but this may be unaffordable for most. 


Solar Energy

One of the questions most often asked is about solar energy. We live in one of the sunniest regions in the world, and ratepayers want to know more about the cost and benefits of harnessing the sun. I will be giving two presentations on solar energy whereby I will talk about several different types of utility-scale solar generation plants, about rooftop solar electric arrays, and about costs and payback for homeowners. I will give an extended talk to Sun City residents at the Recreation Center on Wednesday, September 24 at 3:00 p.m. Then I'll give a shorter version at the League of Women Voters meeting on Saturday, October 11 at 10 a.m. at Highland Manor. If this is a subject that interests you, try to attend one of these presentations or invite me to talk about solar energy at a group gathering.

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