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Pahrnmp Valley Gazette, Thursday, May 29, 1997 11 ,[00lectric restructuring issues in Nevada by Galen D. Denio, Commissioner Nevada Public Service Commission Residential and small commercial customers, hospitals, educational institutions, government facilities, manufactur- ing, large commercial and industrial business concerns and every utility may soon feel the effects of a precipitous change in the electric industry. AB 366, which is now being discussed in the Nevada Legislature, would reform Nevada's electric utility industry and bring drastic reforms to a utility environment and regula- tory structure that has been relatively unchanged for well over 80 years. Customers may experience not only an increase in rates, but a decrease in the reliability and quality of service. Utility shareholders will most surely feel the pinch of decreased earnings from long-held utility investments. Negative tax consequences are likely to he felt from the offices of local government to the halls of state government. Restructuring the electric industry is not only a Nevada issue, it is also an issue that consumes much attention on the regional and national levels. Several proposals have been introduced in Congress to mandate electric industry restruc- turing and several states have initiated their own restructuring proposals. This debate focuses on replacing the current regulated monopoly structure of the electric industry with a competitive market structure. Proponents predict that this change would, allow competitive market forces to replace the "heavy hand of regulation" and stimulate innovation of services and products while lowering costs to customers. Others fear the fallout of unintended consequences. The viewpoints of several differ- ent groups of stakeholders are important to consider. Assaulting the current structure of the electric industry is a collection of entities that intends to provide genera- tion, marketing and aggregated electric utility services to customers in a competitive environment. This group in- cludes large interstate, and even international energy mar- keting companies and utilities, service companies and a number of other entities who, under the aegis of a competi- tive market, seek to sell electric energy and capacity and other ancillary services. This group generally claims that compared to the current regulated monopoly environment, such a competitive environment will produce lower prices and better services to consumers. For the most part, these entities are not now, and do not expect to be in the future, regulated at local, state or federal levels. A customer group which has been generally supportive of etectric restructuring efforts includes large commercial, manufacturing and industrial customers who are major consumers of electrical energy. Their primary justification for opening retail access to electric suppliers is that, unless they have access to lower-priced power, they will lose their business "competitiveness" for products and ser- vices. Another customer group includes small commercial and residential customers who individually consume rela- tively small amounts of electric energy compared to large commercial, manufacturing or industrial customers. Letters to the Editor a guest editorial The viewpoint of one other group of stakeholders must be also considered. That group includes investor-owned utilities such as Sierra Pacific Power Co., and Nevada Power Co., member-owned cooperatives and associations such as Valley Electric Association and Harney Electric Cooperative; and publicly-owned utility districts, such as Mt. Wheeler Power Inc. and Wells Rural Power District. Does retail access to, or customer choice of, electric supplies make sense? In order to evaluate this question, one must consider whether expected benefits of a restruc- tured utility industry outweigh the transactional and envi- ronmental costs of implementation and the possible expo- sure of customers to unintended consequences, such as outages and security of supply. Restructuring Nevada's electric utility industry under proposals like AB 366 is one of the most important issues to be considered by the 1997 Nevada Legislature. Pew other issues have the potential to affect nearly every single Nevadan in one way or another. Whatever the outcome, Nevadans must be very careful that the promise of some- thing for all doesn't end up acquiring benefits for a privi- leged few. Commissioner Denlo is a registered professional engineer in Nevada and California and has worked at the Public Service Commission for 13 years, the last 5 of which have been as a commissioner. His prior work experience includes 14 years of engineering and operations work in the gas utility industry in the western states. I I I "Taking responsibility" I am a concerned parent, who has in the past had several encounters with our principal at Rosemary Clark Middle School, Mr. Herb Gailey. In my opinion, Mr. Herb Gailey, I think you should get a reality check, when it comes to, as "he" put it, "the student is best served when the school and the family work together." I ask you HOW is it working together, when you bring up to the attention of the principal, and have several meetings about a particular teacher that teaches band, in Rosemary Clark Middle School, and the teacher is present at these meetings, who continuously is slandering a student (my daughter) long after this student was forced out of band, which again is my opinion, all because this teacher had a personality conflict with this student, and could not rise above it and carry on, so the answer from the teacher and the school was for the student to pick another elective! Now, months after this, and this student had no further contact with this teacher, this student is still presently being slandered, in this band teacher's class, as students from this class have come forward and stated. These students have brought this up to our attention, and I had two talks with Mr. Galley about this. His reply was, "I will get bacl to you in a couple of days!" Well, Mr. Herb Gailey, that was six weeks ago! What is a couple of days to you? If indeed you are not obviously enforcing the school policies and state regulations for me, all these other folks who are writing letters to the papers must have something to what they are writing about. I have left lots and lots of messages with the school for you to get in contact with me, and that's why I am trying this route. I saw you took the time to sit down and write some question- able lines in the paper, so in my way of thinking, maybe you will see my letter and get in touch with me. In my opinion also, it seems that anything you bring up to the administration or school faculty, it seems as though there is alot of selective enforcement is in the picture. How, and What do you mean, again as you put it, "The student is best served when the school and the family work together?" I really do not understand. My daughter likes to play her instrument and I feel she, as a student was hurt academically by having to drop band and lose out on nearly half a school year. I, as a parent, dislike airing this out publicly, however the fact remains, as many times that we have come to you about this, and nothing at all has changed or that I can see "BEEN ENFORCED," and this band teacher is allowed to continue keeping this situation very active, while she is supposed to be teaching, just really confuses me and my wife, not to mention the student. Further action is being taken and hopefully other students, and parents, will not have to go through this in the future. A Questionable, and Hopeful, Parent Larry Beckner Pahrnmp To Secretary of State Heller: I have in my possession your letter to me dated April 30, 1997. Upon review of your conclusion contained therein, I have detected a substantial error explained as follows: You have made reference to Article 5, Section 8 of the Constitution of the State of Nevada from which you evidently conclude that the governor was and is correct in appointing replacements to fill vacancies in various elected offices in Nevada. While this is often true, it is not always true, as per Section 8 itself. Supposedly, you intended to address the specific points which I had made in my earlier letter to Gov. Miller dated 6 April 1997, a copy of same I forwarded to you. Said letter was accompanied by the enclosure of a then-recent newspaper clipping containing much pertinent information which should have been sufficient to make this matter clear. I refer you to the Nevada State Constitution and specifi- cally Section 8 of Article 5; which I herein reproduce in its entirety: Sec:8 Vacancies f01ed by governor. When any Office shall, from any cause become vacant and no mode is provided by the constitution and laws for filling such vacancy, the governor shall have the power to fill such vacancy by granting a commission which shall expire at the next election and qualification of the person elected to such office. Contained in Section 8 above is the phrase "...and no mode is provided by the constitution and laws for filling such vacancy,..." which is of the essence. As a matter of fact, there is a Nevada Revised Statute which does provide for filling a vacancy on a Town Board. Please observe the following: NRS 245.170 County commissioners to fill certain vacancies. When a vacancy exists or occurs in any county or township office, except the offices of district judge and county commissioner, the board of county commissioners shall appoint a suitable person who is an elector of the county to fill the vacancy until the fast Monday of January after the next ensuing biennial election. So you see, it was and continues to be unlawful for the governor to appoint replacements on the Town Board of Pahrump. In light of this clear error in your capacity as Secretary of State, I request that you direct that correction be made in this situation. Obviously, Bob Little, who was most recently unlawfully appointed by the governor, must immediately be removed from the Office of Town Board member and the Nye County Commissioners must be directed to do their duty by naming a new Pahrump Town Board member to fill the vacancy as provided by law. This appointment was especially egregious because Mr. Little had previously been rejected by the voters of Pahrump. Furthermore, the pretender, Little, has voted without law- fill authority on many issues and his votes on these issues are void and must be expunged. Please, quickly take action to see that all of the unlawful votes cast by Little are expunged and the results of his unlawful actions are negated. Where his vote, in each issue addressed, carded the issue or denied it, each such result must be negated. Thank you, sir, for your kind attention in this serious matter. Paul J. Miller Pahrnmp SWISS BANKEgI00 KNIFE