Ask Joe: How much do we pay for power in Nevada ?

Reported by: Joe Hart
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Updated: 1/20/2014 1:15 pm
From the Ask Joe File one of our viewers has a question about the price we all pay for energy here in northern Nevada.
Mike Hogi wrote in asking why Nevadans are paying one of the highest rates for utilities in the nation when we have so many rich energy sources like geothermal?  Mike says what gives Joe?

Mike I checked with Faye Anderson over at NV Energy about this.
Faye says we've been on a good trend with electric rates. Since 2009, the rates in northern Nevada have dropped by about 20 percent.
To break this down a little more, according to the U.S. Energy Department, Nevada's average cost per kilowatt hour is 8.9 cents and that's below the nationwide average of 9.8 cents.
   So we're pretty far down the list when it comes to how much we're paying for electricity.
Anderson also points out a major portion of the cost of electricity the fuel used to generate it.   Natural gas is the least expensive fuel and we get much of our electricity from a relatively new power plant in Tracy east of Sparks which is powered by natural gas.
    So those are the facts I was able to dig up. It seems to paint a pretty good picture as far how much we're paying for energy compared to what people in other states are paying.
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justiceforall - 1/19/2014 9:23 AM
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My power bill for December is almost double what it was for November - total bs!! What I think is really interesting is in the following article the service charge was only supposed to increase to $15 from $9.25... However, in the next article it went to $17.50... This is total bs! I knew we would wind up paying for the 'free' smart meters at some point!!

Speed - 1/18/2014 6:22 PM
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These guys work a lot like the Government. They DID cut their rates several times over the last few years. I try hard to keep my power consumption fairly consistent,so I noticed that no matter what,my bill kept going higher every month for the same amount of kwh used. Then they asked for an increase,and it went much higher,but I can understand that-THIS year I was trying to keep from ending up in the Hospital with Pneumonia so I left the thermostat turned up to 65 degrees. Point is,they tell us how great we're doing,with our lower electric cost,but the power bills go higher and higher ANYWAY. It must be the sneaky added fees and charges they've been adding.

DeputyDawg - 1/18/2014 4:42 PM
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excuse me, were paying .1445 per kwh out on Red Rock.

DeputyDawg - 1/18/2014 4:40 PM
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Unless you live out on Red Reck and get your power from Plumas Sierra then you are paying .16 cents per kwh. NV energy and the PUC won't address the issues when it's raised.

Kramer - 1/18/2014 1:51 PM
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Hey ingrates: remember how much they saved with those big ol' towers along 395? Joe U got some homework here- I'd suggest Call up Warren ('2for1') Buffet.

tporada - 1/18/2014 10:52 AM
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When you figure out the true cost to the end user, the residential customer, all the other charges must be included. Your answer from the power company, although probably true for a portion of the charges does NOT give me a true indication of what I will or have paid. Specifically, over the last 12 months I have consumed 8,273 KWHs at a billing cost of $1,000.24. That is a true rate to me, the customer, of $.121 per KWH delivered. Compare that with the figure from the power company which implies a cost of $.089 per KWH. The true delivered cost to me is 36% greater than what I would be led to believe from reading your answer.

Deadmeat99 - 1/18/2014 10:50 AM
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Some of you need to read your bills. Electricity used to be in the 11-12 cents per kwh 5 years ago, now it's down to around 9-cents per kwh. That's the 20% decrease being discussed. Yes the fees have gone up (thanks to the green energy zealouts) but overall your bill for the same usage today is cheaper than a few years ago.

oldfart - 1/18/2014 10:25 AM
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Why is Nevada one of few states that will not give a percentage off your electric bill for Medical equipment in your home. My house is all propane, other houses in my area are all electric and pay $70 to $80 a month. My electric bill is $150 to $160 a month because of oxygen machine. Why do businesses get discounts but not home owners. My bill has also went up with the new meters. I do all laundry an dishwasher at night but makes no difference on my bill. Maybe the big shots should make more money so we could get a break

taxpaying mom - 1/17/2014 8:50 PM
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huge jump in electricity this month and I don't use electric for heat so it can't be blamed on the cold. The merger was bad for Nevada and we are already feeling the effects. Plus what is this bull about reduction. My rates have gone up up up since I moved here.

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