Nevada Supreme Court: Oral Arguments in No Solar Tax Pac vs. Citizens For Solar and Energy Fairness

Posted by Laura Arnold  /   July 27, 2016  /   Posted in Net Metering, solar, Uncategorized  /   No Comments

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As I uderstand, you will be able to listen/watch the Oral Arguments in the case below by visiting this website:,_2016-Las_Vegas-_Full_Court/

Right before 7/29/16 at 3:00 pm Pacific Time there will be a link on this website.

No Solar Tax Pac vs. Citizens For Solar and Energy Fairness (Ballot issue)
Docket Number: 70146
Friday, July 29, 2016, Las Vegas - 3:00 pm - En Banc (local time)

This appeal concerns the validity of a referendum petition asking the voters to approve or disapprove certain parts of 2015 Stat. Nev. Ch. 379 that authorize the Nevada Public Utilities Commission to impose new rates and charges on net metering, a system under which renewable energy owners are credited for the excess energy they produce. The district court found that, through the selective deletion of parts of the statute, the referendum proposes a substantial change to the law and, thus, in effect seeks to amend the law, rendering it an initiative petition, rather than a referendum petition, and the court enjoined the referendum’s placement on the ballot ISSUES: (1) Is the petition at issue an invalid attempt to amend the law through referendum? (2) If not, is the referendum petition’s description of effect defective for failing to accurately describe the effects of rejection and of approval of the referred language? (Disclaimer: This synopsis is intended to provide only general information about this case before the Nevada Supreme Court. It is not intended to be all-inclusive or reflect all positions of the parties. To access the documents that have been filed in this matter, type the docket number into the court’s case search page:

Nevada Supreme Court to hear solar referendum arguments Friday

July 25 (SeeNews) - The Nevada Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Friday on whether a referendum to return to the state’s previous net metering rules can be placed on the statewide ballot on November 8, 2016.

The Supreme Court is expected to rule shortly after the hearing, the Las Vegas Review-Journal said during the weekend.

Before Christmas 2015, the Nevada Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved, based on recommendations by utility NV Energy, a new scheme for net metering, lifting the utility service charge for small solar owners and reducing the credits paid to them for power sent to the grid. The changes will occur in phases over 12 years.

The referendum is to give voters a say when it comes to the net metering rates. The Bring Back Solar Alliance, backed by solar installer SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY), has gathered enough signatures in support of the referendum, whose goal is to return to the more favourable net metering rules in effect in 2015.

A “no” vote would invalidate the changes approved in December.


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