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NV Energy Community Roundtable. Carson City, NV March 28, 2011. A Glimpse Into Your Energy Future . Mary Simmons Vice President External Strategy. Safe, Reliable Energy at Reasonable Prices. Three part strategy for resource portfolio Energy efficiency and conservation Renewable energy

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nv energy community roundtable

NV EnergyCommunity Roundtable

Carson City, NV

March 28, 2011

a glimpse into your energy future

A Glimpse Into Your Energy Future

Mary Simmons

Vice President External Strategy

safe reliable energy at reasonable prices
Safe, Reliable Energy at Reasonable Prices
  • Three part strategy for resource portfolio
    • Energy efficiency and conservation
    • Renewable energy
    • Transmission and efficient generation
  • Operating efficiencies and effectiveness
pricing history
Pricing History

Change in strategy and policy since 2004

Steady decreases since January 2009

Rates now comparable to 2004/05 prices

Regional comparison

future strategies
Future Strategies

One Nevada transmission line (ON Line)

NV Energize

one nevada transmission line on line
One Nevada Transmission Line (ON Line)

Joint project between NV Energy and Great Basin Transmission

235 mile, 500 kv transmission line connecting northern and southern Nevada

Estimated cost - $510 million

Expected in service - 2012

on line benefits
ON Line Benefits

Provides access to isolated renewable energy resources

Enables development of renewable energy projects throughout the State

Enhances energy sharing efficiencies for NV Energy power generation resources

providing nevada jobs and local opportunities
Providing Nevada Jobs and Local Opportunities
  • 400 workers employed at peak construction
    • Transmission line crews
    • Substation construction workers
    • Communications
    • Inspection and environmental compliance


Brian Costello

Regional Operations Director

creating an energy smart future
Creating an Energy Smart Future

NV Energy awarded $138 million grant by U.S. Department of Energy to implement a smart grid/smart meter project

We’re calling the project NVEnergize

Total project cost = $300 million

Improve energy infrastructure, upgrade company operations, and enhance customer service capability

nvenergize basics
NVEnergize Basics

Installation of digital meters

Two-way communications equipment

Smart Grid Technology

Expanded customer service and program choices

meters are accurate
Meters are Accurate
  • Three tests confirm this
    • Manufacturer tests all meters
    • NV Energy tests sample meters
    • University of Nevada, Reno conducted independent lab tests
  • NV Energy will read meters manually and remotely for a period of time
other nvenergize benefits
Other NVEnergize Benefits

Operational savings

Better management of energy supply needs

Security controls are among best in industry

installation schedule
Installation Schedule

Began testing and installing meters in southern Nevada in September 2010

More than 100,000 meters deployed

Meter installation in northern Nevada to begin in December 2011

Approximately 1.4 million meters installed throughout Nevada by end of 2012

nv energy s renewable energy program

NV Energy’s Renewable Energy Program

Jack McGinley

Director of Regulatory and Legislative Strategy

renewable resource portfolio
Renewable Resource Portfolio
  • Geothermal
    • Mainstay – began in 1986
    • Portfolio growing
  • Solar
    • Large and small scale PV
    • Thermal plants
  • Wind
    • Projects in northern and eastern NV
  • Other
    • Biomass, hydro and heat recovery
examples of recent renewable projects
Examples of Recent Renewable Projects

Waste heat recovery

Solar thermal

Integrated solar combined cycle

Solar photovoltaics (PV)

renewable generations

Renewable Generations

John Hargrove

Energy Efficiency Program Manager

program history
Program History

2003 – Nevada State legislation encourages NV Energy customers to install solar photovoltaic systems

2004 – Solar Generations program launched

2007 – Solar program made permanent, nearly doubling size from 1,900 kw to 3,760 kw and adding hydro and wind

New – Solar Hot Water incentive program

current results
Current Results
  • Renewable Generations has reached the milestone of 10 megawatts of customer generation installed
    • 10 megawatts = electricity use of 1,743 average American homes
    • Environmental impact = reduced CO2 emissions equivalent to 1,615,666 gallons of car gasoline
  • Over $40.5 million in rebates paid
renewable generations25
Renewable Generations
  • Solar Generations
    • Over 26 mw of solar PV pending installation in 2011
  • Solar Hot Water Incentives
    • Rebates to small businesses, schools and public buildings
  • Solar incentive program under review by Nevada State Legislature and may open again for applications in 2011
  • CCSD West Career & Technical Academy
  • System: 48.404 kW
  • Location: Las Vegas, NV
wind generations
Wind Generations

Currently a demonstration program and being reviewed by the Nevada State Legislature. May open again for applications in 2011

Over 11 mw of wind projects pending installation in 2011

The Wind Generations program is closed and all available capacity is reserved



  • Largest WindGenerations Project Washoe Valley
  • Size: 25 kW
  • Rebate: $75,000
hydro generations
Hydro Generations

595 kw in agricultural hydro projects pending installation in 2011

Hydro Generations incentive program currently open to agricultural customers and accepting applications

Hydro Generations currently being reviewed by the Nevada State Legislature and may open again for applications in 2011

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Hydro Generations

HydroGenerations 1st Complete Project

Young Brothers Ranch - Austin, NV

Size: 93 kW Hydro System

Rebate: $232,500 Rebate

demonstration trailers
Demonstration Trailers
  • New Demonstrations Trailers
  • Demonstration trailers include solar and wind generating systems and will be used at community events throughout the state to demonstrate renewable energy options and to promote the availability and success of NV Energy’s RenewableGenerations incentive program.
energy efficiency and conservation

Energy Efficiency and Conservation

Tim Kiersz

Energy Education Team Leader

lower your bill improve the environment
Lower Your Bill – Improve the Environment
  • Top energy users in home:
    • Air conditioner/electric heat
    • Spas
    • Water heater
    • Large appliances
    • Lights
residential programs
Residential Programs
  • ENERGY STAR Lighting
    • Direct incentives to customers
  • Refrigerator Recycling
    • $30 to recycle old refrigerators in working condition
  • Comfort Savings
    • Free weatherization program for income qualified families
commercial programs
Commercial Programs
  • Commercial Incentive Program
    • Offers incentives to businesses in the following areas:
      • Commercial, industrial and institutional customer projects in existing buildings
      • Agricultural irrigation
      • New construction projects
      • Schools
conservation program contact information
Conservation Program Contact Information
  • NV Energy.com
  • 775-834-0810

The most environmentally friendly kilowatt

is the one never used

electric vehicle technology

Electric Vehicle Technology

Travis Johnson

Electric Transportation Program Manager

does a plug in electric vehicle make a difference
Does a Plug-in Electric Vehicle Make a Difference?
  • Energy for internal combustion engines and hybrids comes from gasoline
  • Plug-in electric vehicles get their energy from the electric grid which uses no petroleum in Nevada
  • Plugging in results in lower overall emissions and uses domestically produced, lower cost energy
where does u s electrical energy come from
Where Does U.S. Electrical Energy Come From?
  • NV Energy uses roughly:
    • 65% to 70% natural gas
    • 20% coal
    • Renewables
what about power plant emissions
What About Power Plant Emissions?

Driving an electric vehicle reduces C02 emissions by roughly 50%

Urban air quality improves because emissions are lower and further removed from population centers.

how many electric cars can our power grid handle
How Many Electric Cars Can our Power Grid Handle?

If NV Energy customers plug their electric cars in at night, the electric grid can handle over 1,000,000 vehicles without significant infrastructure improvements

will electric cars be available and affordable
Will Electric Cars be Available and Affordable?

All major auto makers are now making electric vehicles

There are at least 15 models coming by 2012/2013

Battery prices are falling and EV cost should be competitive with gasoline powered cars in just a few years without tax credits

how far can they go
How Far Can They Go?

Battery Electric (BEV)

  • 73 to 100 mile range per charge
  • Does not use gasoline
  • Good for average commuter
  • Very low maintenance
  • Extended Range EV
  • 40 mi. electric, then 300 mi. gas
  • Gas extends range beyond 40 mi.
  • Best for long commutes
  • Typical maintenance (oil, filter, etc.)
how much will my power bill increase
How Much Will My Power Bill Increase?

Vehicles like the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus EV, and the Chevy Volt can drive roughly 3 miles per kWh.

Driving 1,000 miles per month would use 333 kWh which currently costs approximately $37 ($25 with the EV TOU rate)

A 25 MPG car using $3 gas costs $120 for 1,000 miles

how long will the battery last
How Long Will the Battery Last?
  • Nissan and GM offer an 8-year, 100,000 warranty for the battery on the Leaf and Volt.
  • Most common battery replacement will be on a cell level
    • A few cells may require replacement, not the entire pack.
economic development

Economic Development

Brad Woodring

Economic Development Manager

leaders in nevada s economic recovery
Leaders in Nevada’s Economic Recovery

Promote local, regional, and state economic development

Aggressively recruit companies to Nevada

Collaborate with partners in strategic planning efforts

Develop and maintain information and databases for potential clients

nurture relationships that promote nevada
Nurture Relationships that Promote Nevada

Create and maintain relationships with decision makers of major corporations, professional site selectors, corporate asset managers, and commercial brokers

Participate in professional site selection organizations

Attend industry conferences and trade shows

recruiting new business
Recruiting New Business

Develop leads with site selectors and company contacts

Utilize lead generation organizations and databases

Recruiting trips to specific markets

Target companies with Nevada industry sectors

partnering to attract expand retain and grow business
Partnering to Attract, Expand, Retain, and Grow Business

Nevada Commission on Economic Development (NCED)

Local economic development authorities

City Councils and County Commissions

University and community college systems

Nevadaworks and Job Connect

commitment to nevada communities

Commitment to Nevada Communities

Karen Ross

Community Relations Manager

employees who make a big difference
Employees Who Make a Big Difference

Setting the standard for employee volunteer programs

Over 24,000 employee volunteer hours in 2010

One of the largest United Way contributors in Nevada

enduring partnerships
Enduring Partnerships
  • NV Energy Foundation
    • Over $4 million in shareholder funded grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofits in 2010
  • Scholarship programs
    • $238,000 in 2010
  • Education program support
    • $1,042,050 in 2010
    • Intern programs
creating a more sustainable tomorrow
Creating a More Sustainable Tomorrow
  • Renewable energy program support
    • Over $2 million funded by NV Energy shareholders since 2007
  • Statewide energy assistance expos
    • Five events
    • 5,200 customers attended
    • Distributed $446,496 in utility bill assistance
wrap up

Wrap Up

Mary Simmons

we want to hear from you
We Want to Hear From You


What are the most urgent issues facing your region and community?

How can NV Energy partner with you for a stronger Nevada?