LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials have flipped the switch on a $1 billion solar power generation station in the Mojave Desert south of Las Vegas that they say can produce enough electricity to power about 80,000 California homes.
NV Energy's plan to move away from coal and invest more in renewable energy has a lot of powerful supporters, including U.S. Sen. Harry Reid and Governor Brian Sandoval. But it has some critics as well, including former Attorney General of Nevada Frankie Sue Del Papa, who is worried about NV Energy earning profits at the expense of ratepayers. She joins us to talk about her concerns, and what she would like to see in the final bill.
NV Energy'snew plan to leave coal has some costs. Consumer advocates believe the plan may raise rates in the short term, and guarantee large profits for the energy company. The initiative would also change the way the company is regulated, and could reduce input by ratepayers and consumer advocates. We'll talk about the costs of quitting coal, and how we'll pay for cleaner fuel.