Nevada Electricity Deregulation
Nevada Power and Sierra Pacific Power offer the Take Control Lighting Program to commercial and industrial customers. The following requirements must be met to participate in the rebate program:
- An energy analysis must be performed by a qualified professional, such as GOOD ENERGY, documenting scope of project, existing lighting, suitable lighting retrofit recommendations with approved equipment, and kW savings.
- Utility company representatives must have access to survey the lighting before and after the conversion.
- Delamping and incandescent lamps of any type do not qualify for incentive.
- Lamp fixture parts, ballasts and exit signs must have UL listing/approval or ETL approval. Electronic ballasts must meet program minimum requirements (see below).
- Applicable invoices as proof of equipment purchase by the customer must be provided.
- Qualified, licensed, bonded contractors are recommended for conversions.
Lighting modifications must meet all local, state and federal codes and laws.
- Installation of mercury vapor lamps does not qualify for an incentive.
- Pulse-start metal halide and T-8 fluorescent lamps with approved electronic ballasts qualify.
- LED signs must be warranted for two years and must have a minimum life of at least 10 years and meet appropriate fire codes.
- Compact fluorescent lamps must be hard wired in place with a retrofit kit to qualify for an incentive.
- Incentives are guaranteed for work completed within 90 days of project preauthorization provided funds are available.
The following electronic ballast requirements must be met for linear fluorescent lamps:
- UL approved/listed (UL935) Class P, Type 1.
- Contain no PCBs.
- Operate on input voltage 120 Volt circuit, 108 to 132 volts, 277 Volt circuit, 249 to 305 Volts.
- Less than 2 percent lamp flicker.
- Power factor 0.95 percent or better.
- Total harmonic distortion (THD) less than 20 percent.
- Complies with EMI (power line conductor) and RFI limit set by FCC.
- Sound rating A.
- Current crest factor (CCF) less than 1.7. Colder regions must use 1.5 CCF.
- Guaranteed 5 years at fixture by manufacturer.
Good Energy offers commercial facilities the right solution to qualify for savings and utility incentives. Call us for more information. Toll free 866-955-2677.
- Oct/00: Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn has extended the deadline for the start of competition for the second time this year. The market, which was most recently scheduled to open up for large commercial customers on November 1, 2000, will now open on September 1, 2001 for all customer classes in the State. The Governor cites soaring power prices amid strong demand and short supplies as the reason for delaying competition.
- Aug/00: The Nevada PUC set a schedule for opening the retail market. The market will open November 1, 2000 for the largest commercial customers, in April 2001 for medium commercial customers, and in June 2001 for small commercial customers. Residential customers will be phased in from September 1 through December 31, 2001.
- June/99: AB 366 delays the opening of the retail market to 3/00, and gives the Governor, rather than the PUC, the authority to select another date if he deems it in the best interest of consumers.
- April/99: The Senate committee approved a bill that would delay retail access until March 2000 and freeze rates until March 2003.
- July/97: Restructuring legislation directs the PUC of NV (formally the PSC) to establish a market in which customers have access to potentially competitive electric services from alternative suppliers no later than December 31, 1999.