Governor Sandoval names Lt. Governor Hutchison Chairman of Committee on Energy Choice

Governor Brian Sandoval announced on Monday, Feb. 13 that he has appointed Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchison to serve as Chairman of the Governor's Committee on Energy Choice.

Sandoval announced the body's creation during his biennial State of the State address in January.

On Nov. 8, 2016, Nevada voters approved Ballot Question 3. The Energy Choice Initiative would amend the Nevada Constitution if voters approved the initiative again in the 2018 general election.

Nevada voters supported a state policy that "electricity markets be open and competitive so all electricity customers are afforded meaningful choice among different providers, and that economic and regulatory burdens be minimized in order to promote competition and choices in the electric energy market."

“I am honored to be appointed Chairman of the Governor’s Committee on Energy Choice. Educating Nevadans about the issues and mechanisms surrounding the deregulation of Nevada’s energy markets is of paramount importance,” said Hutchison. “I look forward to working with the committee to develop a meaningful and comprehensive framework to share with Nevadans before the ballot initiative returns for the voters consideration in 2018.”

During his State of the State address, Governor Sandoval stated, "with the overwhelming passage of Question 3 last year, it is likely Nevadans will have energy choice in the future. Therefore, I will create by executive order, the Governor's Committee on Energy Choice.

The committee will help prepare the state for complicated changes that lay ahead if Nevadans approve energy choice. It will include members of the Legislature, major customers, organized labor, renewable energy experts, senior citizen representatives, and many others.

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