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MrAureliusR:
Check this out:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/las-vegas-solar-power-1.3485909
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/07/las-vegas-casinos-solar-power-nevada-energy

“The PUC has simply made up rules as it goes along so as to discourage any applicants from exiting [NV Energy’s] service,” Wynn lawyers stated in a January judicial appeal. (MGM and the Las Vegas Sands are considering their options.)

These articles gave me a lot to think about when it comes to renewable energy. My first, visceral, reaction was that the utilities now have a huge burden taken off their grid -- can't they just deactivate certain transformers that were supplying the casinos and have the money saved from providing the casinos compensate for their leaving? Why should they be forced to buy from the grid if they don't want to? They get threatened by the utility company -- if you don't stay with us, we'll have to charge more for residential consumers, and we'll drastically cut rates to those providing solar energy to the grid. Not to mention we'll charge you exorbitant "exit" fees, a load of horse crap on its own. But isn't that self-defeating? If I was told a large company in town went solar, and that meant I had to pay a huge increase in hydro, you'd better believe I'm buying a giant solar system to fight back.

The utility companies need to find a way to work with the switch to solar, not against it.

jeremy:

--- Quote from: MrAureliusR on March 12, 2016, 12:39:35 pm ---you'd better believe I'm buying a giant solar system to fight back.

--- End quote ---

I didn't know solar systems were up for purchase; but I guess you might be able to get pluto now that it got downgraded...  ;)

MrAureliusR:

--- Quote from: jeremy on March 12, 2016, 12:52:20 pm ---
--- Quote from: MrAureliusR on March 12, 2016, 12:39:35 pm ---you'd better believe I'm buying a giant solar system to fight back.

--- End quote ---

I didn't know solar systems were up for purchase; but I guess you might be able to get pluto now that it got downgraded...  ;)

--- End quote ---
LOL. Awesome catch.

Check out this quote, sums up the situation perfectly --

"Nevadans are thus subsidizing NV Energy’s green investments while it lobbies against private rooftop solar installations by their customers."

station240:
Power company vs casinos, huh.
Given the casinos have more money, this should be interesting.
Round 1  :box:

SeanB:
So, instead of going totally off grid, leave a single light attached to the meter, and pay the bill for it. If they charge more than to other industrial or commercial customers then there is a good starting point for a lawsuit claiming the charges are extortion.

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