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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Obama’s Gun Violence Report

A few months ago, after the Connecticut School Shooting, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence, in the hopes of “saving one child”.  As with many politicians, the President hoped to have a report coming back showing how evil guns are and that he needs to immediately disarm the law-abiding American public.

Instead, the report (available from the National Academic Press at http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=18319 (or you can download a PDF version of Priorities for Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence) painted a much different picture.

As you read it, you will plainly see why the media has been ignoring it. It doesn’t fit their template as it contains important truth such as: Continue reading

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The Personal Protection and Home Safety Affordability Act

In light of today’s SCOTUS decision, I think “The Personal Protection and Home Safety Affordability Act” should be introduced. Using the newly expanded taxation powers, all Americans should be required to purchase guns and ammo to protect their families. This is a form of taxation. Anyone who doesn’t purchase guns and ammo for their personal protection will have a penalty that they aren’t required to pay. As has been repeatedly demonstrated, states with higher percentages of gun ownership as lower per capital crime, states who opt out of the Personal Protection and Home Safety Affordability Act will lose funding for their local police departments. To ensure that the poor and poorest of Americans can afford firearms, the Federal government will setup “exchanges” where they can receive free and low cost firearms and ammo.

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Ron Paul for President

I have official endorsed Congressman Ron Paul for President in 2012.  My endorsement, which follows, has been released as part of a press release by the Ron Paul Presidential Campaign Committee:

“Congressman Ron Paul is the only candidate for President whose record matches his rhetoric.  As the only GOP candidate for President on the ballot in all 50 states he has always been pro-life both in his words and his actions as Congressman.  He is also the only candidate that follows the enumerated powers of our Divinely-inspired Constitution.  Hyrum Smith once said, ‘To vote for a wicked man, it would be sin.’  A wicked man would ignore what God has inspired.”

You can read the original press release, which includes my quote at: http://www.ronpaul2012.com/2012/01/18/ron-paul-nevada-team-names-new-%E2%80%98lds-for-ron-paul%E2%80%99-nationwide-coalition-members/

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The trouble with regulations

I recently watched Max Borders’ video on regulation (watch it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gIGpzoZxuA). I completely agree with Mr. Borders’ stance. I was a small business owner who provided computer repair services in Las Vegas. It was almost mind numbing to start up and maintain this business. I had to register (and pay fees) with the State, with the county and with the city. I was operating this business out of my house, so I also had to get permission from the fire department. I was trying to do work with some larger corporations and every few years they would come out with new requirements for me to follow in order to do business with them. These business licenses and regulations, as well as corporate requirements, cost me thousands of dollars a year before I could even start making money. It was discouraging and, at times, caused me to not want to grow my business. I did hire a few employees when my business grew, but there were regulations (with their own compliance costs) to deal with for having people work for me. Ultimately, I decided it was not worth the cost of compliance and regulations of having employees and stopped hiring them. When employees stopped working for me I did not replace them and I got to the point of having no employees. I eventually sold this business and am now working for someone else, instead of myself.

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Dave Barry’s 2010 Year in Review

by Dave Barry
Published: January 1, 2011 at MiamiHerald.com

Let’s put things into perspective: 2010 was not the worst year ever. There have been MUCH worse years. For example, toward the end of the Cretaceous Period, the Earth was struck by an asteroid that wiped out 75 percent of all the species on the planet. Can we honestly say that we had a worse year than those species did? Yes we can, because they were not exposed to Jersey Shore.

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