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8 Thursday, August 14, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette . Nevada Legislature approves i 00tructuring electric industry by Geoff Kreis Governor Bob Miller has signed a bill, AB 366, which is to improve competitive electric services in the state no later than the end of 1999. There are five different segments that are included in the bill: - A requirement that the Nevada retail electric market be opened to alternative sellers no later than December 31, 1999. Prior to opening the markets, the Nevada Commission must conduct rule makings to unbundled rates, identify standard costs, establish licensing procedures for new mar- ket entrants, designate which services are potentially com- petitive, and create various consumer protections and label- ing requirements. -A requirement that noncompetitive transmission and distribution facilities be opened on an equitable basis to alternative sellers and their customers. The requirement also says that incumbent utilities seeking to provide com- petitive service do so through an affiliate. -Provisions for a provider of last resort mechanism so that those areas which are not able or choose not to receive services from alternative sellers will continue to be assured of safe, reliable and economic electric service. -A muhi-year residential rate cap unless an electric utility can make a convincing showing that additional rev- enues are necessary. The bill also contains a renewable energy portfolio which should phase in a requirement that one percent of all electricity consumed annually be produced by Nevada re- newable energy producers. The phase begins in 2002 and reaches the one percent requirement by 2010. Residential and small commercial customers, hospitals, educational institutions, government facilities, manufactur- ing, large commercial and industrial business concerns and every utility may feel the effects of a precipitous change in the electric industry. "Restructuring the electric industry is not only a Nevada issue" said Louis Holveck, President of the Valley Electric Association, "It is also an issue that is bringing attention to the rest of the nation." Several proposals have been introduced in Congress to mandate electric industry restructuring and several states have initiated their own restructuring proposals. In addition to restructuring the electric industry, the legislation also provides for developing alternative forms of regulation for natural gas and will set off a restructuring of the Public Service Commission itself. "Utilities and utility shareholders have different reac- tions to proposals for a restructured environment," said Holveck. "Their position depends on how much of their investments in current assets may be recoverable, on whether the costs of contractual obligations and debt are likely to be recovered in a restructured environment, and on whether such an environment is likely to produce profitable oppor- tunities." Restructuring Nevada's electric industry under the bill, AB 366 is one of the most important issues that has been considered by the Nevada Legislature, and other issues have the potential to affect nearly every single Nevadan in one way or another. i " '4, s i  , I I I Ill Ill State Farm Sells Life Insurance. JEFF BANSER Off 751-1515 131 I S. tlwv IGO Fax 75 !- 1616 Fl.iniC Rcs ":51-2474 Briefly Noted i Doll making class The first class for youth at the No to Abuse youth center is taking registrations now for porcelan doll making with veteran doll maker Polly Stamper, owner of Pauline's Porcelain Dolls and Gifts. The class will be held August 20, from 9-1 la.m. A follow up class after the dolls I ........ R-adio ....... KHWK From Pahrump to Bishop has you covered! For the latest news, information and the finest music programming be sure to tune to KHWK, broadcasting from Tonopah. If you're traveling the vast distances of Central Nevada's desert terrain you still can't miss usf Member. Associated Press Great Basin Radio Network 92.7 - Tonopah 93.5 - Beatty 94.3 - Lida and Scotty's Junction : 94.3 - Gold Point o 95.9 - Pahrump 103.9 - Bishop, Mammoth and Big Pine 104.9 - Round Mountain 105.5 - Hawthorne i i ii i ,11 u u are fired will be planned by the participants. There is no charge for this class, the funds to purchase the materials are from a fundraiser sponsered by Sundance company youth dance troop. The class is by preregistration only and is open to ages 10 and up. Class size is limited to 12 partici- pants. The participants will be able to take the dolls home when they are finished. Upcoming classes are bird house making, CPR , first aid, science classes by Yucca Mountain, etc. Anyone want- ing to teach a class, please contact Samdi at No to Abuse, 751-1118. Master Gardener training in Pahrump PAHRUMP- The Nevada Cooperative Extension is pleased to announce that a training class for master gar- dener volunteers will begin Sept. 9, 6-9:30 p.m. at Pahr- ump High School library via compressed video and video tape. Classes will be held weekly on Tuesdays 6-9:30 p.m. in September and Mon- days and Thursdays in Oc- tober and November. Par- ticipants will receive 80 hours of training and are requested to volunteer 50 hours back to the program. We h" mt MLufftm-'s ]tondod WtIHtnt/ei 11 Day Service Most Cars i Nationwide Specialist Foreign Domestic Standm-d 4x4 Front Wheel L/ght Trucks CLUTCH SPECIAL $295 most cars There is an $80 fee charged for the program that covers the cost of training and the manual. Applica- tions are available at the Nevada Cooperative Exten- sion Office 1651 E. Calvada Blvd., Pahump or local nurs- eries. Pre register by Au- gust 21 by returning the ap- plication to UNR Extension, Box 1090, Pahrump, 89041. For further information call UNR Extension Of- rice, 727-5532. New office hours are afternoons 12-4 p.m. Monday through Fri- day. Wrath of the WindmMobile home on Appaloosa Road rolled over late Friday night after a reported 80 MPH wind whipped through Pahrump. Occupants of the mobile home got out safely but were reported shaken from their experience. photo by Mary Lamar lOO% FINANCING O.&C. ms oo.  CALL FOR APPOINTMENT v.= Io =b- r,..=.= c., 931 Fehrs Way 751-0404 is individually owned and perated