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Go Green, Lose Green
by Knight Allen, Director of Legislation
Originally published on Jan 09, 2014 - reprinted with permission

   Happy New Year.  Welcome to 2014.  Hope you had a wonderful holiday season.

I am looking forward to a year of interesting and informative meetings.

    Let's start the Foghorn year off with a discussion about energy-International, Domestic and right here at home. For years the eco-terrorists and climate change hustlers have been mocking the US because we are so far behind Europe in "going green." In what is a nice bit of irony it turns out Europe is also ahead of us in suffering the consequences of falling for the green con.

Germany is the poster child for this nonsense but France, Italy and several other EU nations are not far behind. The German people pay the highest electricity prices in Europe. The subsidies German consumers are paying for wind and solar are becoming comparable to Germany's financial bailout of the euro-zone debt. "Spiegel Online" 9/4/13

Electricity costs in Germany are three times higher than in the US and many German business are moving here. One of their top energy officials calls what is happening the "de-industrialization of Germany." Wall Street Journal” 11/9/13

Continent wide power prices have risen 17% for households and 21% for businesses over the last four years. “Wall St. Journal”10/13/13

    Here in the US the increase in energy production has been staggering. It has gotten to the point that EXXON/MOBIL is running ads asking if we know where we get most of our energy and it turns out it's right here. The bulk of it has come from fracking technology and between that and expanded oil drilling, the US has supplanted Russia and become the #1 oil and natural gas producer in the world. One of the major benefits for us has been a solid reduction in our trade deficit. Also, lower energy prices have led to a good increase in our manufacturing base (see Germany above).

    So, now we come home. With Warren Buffett's Mid-American Energy buying NV Energy I thought you might be interested in some perspective on where we've been coming into the buyout.

In the last 5 years (last bill for 2008 to last bill for 2013:
    *  The basic rate is up 8%
    *  Green Power Financing is up 102%
    *  Renewable Program is up 86%
    *  Service Charge is up 25%
    *  Universal energy charge is Unchanged (how did that happen?)
    *  There is something called an Energy Efficiency Charge of .00343 that wasn't there in 2008
    *  Don't forget the Local Government Fee 5% -  Unchanged

For Comparison:
     *  the average private sector wage in Clark County is down a little over 2%.
     *  Social Security is up 5.5%.  that's Gross, before deductions for Medicare, etc.

What's coming over the next five years? Will working people and seniors be able to keep pace? Will the Nevada legislature keep taking us down the same green energy road to nowhere the EU has gone?

 Stay Tuned .  .  .

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