Solar power and net metering in Nevada

On Wednesday, August 5, the Public Utility Commission (PUC) will be meeting. Agenda 15-07021 item 3C is a continuation of the long debate held in the Assembly and the State Senate. NV Energy is currently estimating that 235 MW cap on net metering “net energy metering rules (NEM1)” will reached on or about August 24, 2015. I have been reading the new net energy metering rules (NEM2) proposal put forth by NV Energy on July 31, 2015. During Legislative debate, NV Energy had stated that the 235 mw compromise would not be met before Spring 2016. Acting under the information presented by NV Energy the legislature directed NV Energy to make a proposal to the PUC for NEM2 and to ensure a smooth transition from NEM1 to NEM2. Without going into the specifics of NEM2, I believe that with NV Energy now stating that NEM1 will meet its allocation at least 6-months sooner than what they lead the legislatures to believe and that they cannot guarantee applications being turned in if they will be part of NEM1 or NEM2, this is not keeping with the intent or application of SB374. As Senator Patricia Farley stated, it is important to not “disrupt the net metering market in Nevada during the transition period.”

SB374 Section 2.8 states that one of the purposes of enacting this legislation is to “encourage private investment in renewable energy resources”. Since consumers in the state of Nevada who file applications for net metering right now do not know if they will be approved under NEM1 or NEM2, nor has NEM2 been approved by the PUC, this transition period is causing unnecessary confusion which will prevent another purpose of the law as defined in Section 2.8, naming it will not “Stimulate the economic growth of this State” in the fast growing solar energy sector and its 6,000 employees.

I believe that the PUC should require NV Energy to continue accepting and approving under NEM1 until December 31, 2015. That will provide clarity and avoid confusion. During the next few months, the PUC, NV Energy, representatives of the Nevada solar industry, and other parties can work together on adopting, changing, or rewriting NEM2 as necessary to best serve the various stakeholders in Nevada and the new NEM2 rules will apply for all applications received after January 1, 2016.

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Happy Independence Day

239 years ago 56 men pledged their “pledge [their] lives, [their] fortune, and [their] sacred honor” in an act of rebellion against the government. The government had, in the minds of these 56 “traitors” had made “repeated injuries and usurpations” of the people’s rights and liberties. These 56 men stated for all “That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States”. Continue reading

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The 2nd amendment

almost two years ago, I wrote about the 2nd amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I believe it is worth reposting:

As often quoted, the Second Amendment of the God Inspired US Constitution reads:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

All too often, people quote the last half of it “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” This part is definitely important, but it misses the why.

A well regulated
Well regulated means working properly. In the context of firearms a more modern phrase maybe “well trained”. This is why I attend Front Sight Training Institute, to allow myself to be well trained in correct firearms handling.

Militia
The Militia Act Of 1792 states that all “free able-bodied white male citizen between the ages of 18 and 45 [are part of the] local militia company” (later amended to state all persons)
“I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials.” — George Mason (1788)

being necessary to the security of a free State
If the people are ever disarmed, then who would protect the country from foreign and domestic traitors?

the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed
Simple, right?

If I would to try to write it in a slightly longer, slightly more modern vernacular, I might say “All able bodied people should receive training in proper gun handling, to ensure the security and freedom of the individual, the States and the Country from foreign and domestic traitors and tyrants, and then have and keep with them firearms. This right shall not be reduced or removed.”

 

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Front Sight Reality Check

Front Sight Firearms Training Institute is a world-class gun training school on 550 acres near Las Vegas, NV. I’ve written about them before and have done various giveaways in the past to attend their phenomenal training.

Recently, Front Sight started a new video series called “Front Sight Reality Check”. In this series, they examine footage from shootings and give feedback on the good, the bad, and the ugly. Front Sight doesn’t do this in an attempt to be “Monday morning quarterbacks”, but to help the viewer thinking about the training they have received so that, should they find themselves in a similar situation, they would be better prepared. As of the date of this post, six episodes have been released. You can watch all 6 below and are each about 5 minutes long.

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May 2015 Stock Picks

On March 12, 2015, I purchased some stock in Tesla (Nasdaq:TSLA). As of the time I write this post, this stock has increased in value 29.91%, a great return for just over 2-months of ownership.

On November 12, 2014, I purchased some shares in the mutual fund Silver Trust (NYSEARCX: SLV). As of the time I write this post, the fund has increased in value 9.01%, which is a pretty decent return over the last 7-months. Continue reading

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Napal Eathquake

Read this online:
“From my humanitarian missionary parents in The Asia Area:
“Just spoke to our humanitarian couple in Nepal. They are camping out by the Church building – living outside because of all the damage. The hotels that are not damaged are all full and there is no place to go. They have food and water, but the electricity is out and their battery is low so communication will end soon. Members so far are all okay. Prayers for Nepal please.””

This made me think. An earthquake could easily happen here in Las Vegas. In fact the experts say we are overdue for a large quake here. If a large earthquake would to happen here, we would all want and need prayers from those all around the world. God can and does perform miracles. The greatest miracle, however, would be to follow the council of Church leaders BEFORE the disaster strikes so you can better handle the storm and be a better resource to your community.

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Colorado flooding and Las Vegas

With all the rain and flooding we have had in Vegas the last few weeks, this massive flooding in Colorado could have happened here.

Here is just one of many news stories on it in US News.

People have been stuck in their cars, sometimes for days with no food or water. This is a good example of why you should have a car kit. There is no phone, power, water, sewer, etc. and the roads are blocked. No one is getting in or out right now.

We are very isolated here in Las Vegas. Everything is brought in here by truck or rail. The only roads out of this valley are:
1) I-15 north towards Utah (and US-93 splitting off at Apex to go to Idaho)
2) I-15 south towards California, US-95 north towards Reno,
3) US-95/US-93 south towards Arizona/California (which US-93 splitting at Boulder City to Arizona and US-95 going to Needles, CA)
4) Las Vegas Blvd (old US-91), which runs parallel to I-15 north to Apex before being a dirt road and south a little bit past Jean.

You also have:
Blue Diamond Road (State Route 160) going to Pahrump (and eventually joining up with US-95)
Charleston Blvd (State Route 159) looping around Red Rock and then joining up with State Route 160),
Lake Mead Parkway (State Route 564) in Henderson and Lake Mead Blvd in east Las Vegas (State Route 147) which will take you out to Lake Mead which will eventually let you get on either US-93 south or I-15 north.

It may not be flooding, but an earthquake, fire, civil disobedience, pandemic, electrical grid failure, or so many other problems.

It is not possible to plan for every potential problem. However, it is possible to look around you and start to think of ways to mitigate and plan for some of these. Consider adding or starting a basic home storage of everyday food, some water storage, a rainy day fund, communication with loved ones, home defense, a car kit with some food & water, or anything else you may feel is lacking in your current setup.

September is national preparedness month. Let’s work on becoming more prepared individuals, families, and communities.

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12th Article of Faith

13 Weeks of FHE - 13 Articles of Faith

“We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.”

 I ended up working late on Monday, so we ended up having Family Home Evening Tuesday night.  We started with a sing and a prayer.  We then had our family council, where each family member has the opportunity to share concerns, worries, problems, or anything else they want to.  Next, we practiced reciting the first eleven Articles of Faith.  Next, I read the 12th Article of Faith to the kids.  We talked about what these different rulers are and how we need to follow the law.  We played a fun game called Obeying the Law Game.  I put the numbers 1 – 12 in a hat and Amanda and each of the 3 kids each drew 4 numbers.  I then would read them a situation that would allow them to answer what they would do in each situation. (Amanda seemed to really enjoy it).  Next we watched Zack & Zoey Explorer The Articles of Faith: 12.

We closed with a song and a prayer.

(Thanks SugarDoodle for the idea).

This is the twelve post in the Mike’s World News series
13 Weeks of FHE / 13 Articles of Faith

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11th Article of Faith

13 Weeks of FHE - 13 Articles of Faith“We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to
the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same
privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.”

Amanda was teaching a free coupon class last night, so we did Family Home Evening Sunday night.  We started with a song and a prayer.  We then had a family council where each family member can share problems or concerns they have.  We then reviewed each of the 1st 10 Articles of Faith.  Amanda had agreed to teach the lesson tonight, so I read the 11th Article of Faith and discussed with the kids what it meant.  She then took out a bowl of popcorn and told the kids the kernels that have popped represent those of us that have accepted the gospel and are bursting with potential. The unpopped popcorn represent those who have chosen not to listen, believe or accept the gospel. We can help be missionaries to them.  She then read the Parable of the Popper to them.  We all then enjoyed popcorn.

Next, I got out the 11th Article of Faith pages from the Article of Faith Puzzles.  Kids liked that.  We ended up putting the back piece in a sheet protector and putting tape on the back of the puzzle pieces so the kids could use it during the week.

We ended with another song and a prayer.

(Thanks SugarDoodle for the ideas)

This is the eleventh post in the Mike’s World News series
13 Weeks of FHE / 13 Articles of Faith

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July Front Sight Membership Giveaway Winners

This morning, I typed the name of all the entries in my Front Sight Membership Giveaway contest.  As I had three ways to enter, my total entries were 31.  Several people had multiple entries, with one person having four entries.  I put all the entries in a small basket.  My kids enjoyed last time when I let Hannah, my youngest, pick the winner.  However, Mikey & Josh wanted to pick a name also.  So, this time, I let all three kids pick a winner, from youngest to oldest.

Hannah, my 3-year old went first:
Hannah picking her winnerShe picked Ross Siegel, a friend and co-worker.

Josh, my 5-year old then went:
Josh picking his winnerHe picked Ed Hall, who entered and referred several other people and had the most entries.

Mikey, my 7-year old was third.
Mikey picking his winnerHe picked Kristina Chavez.

The kids then wanted Mommy to pick a name. She draw Lena Elise Kruger, who we used to go to Church with.

They then said it was my turn. I drew Carey. Not sure who he is other than he lives in North Las Vegas. All winners have been contacted. Thanks everyone for your participation!

Front Sight Membership Giveaway Winners

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