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NV Energy
Type Public (NYSENVE)
Headquarters 6100 Neil Rd.
Reno, NV 89511
Area served CA, NV
Key people Michael W. Yackira, CEO
Industry Electric Producer & Utility
Products Electricity
Revenue $3.60 billion (2007)[1]
Net income $197.3 million (2007)[1]
Employees 3,270 (2007)
Website NVEnergy.com

In November 2009, Sierra Pacific Resources changed its name to NV Energy. Sierra Pacific Resources had been created in 1999 from the merger of Nevada Power, Sierra Pacific Power and Sierra Pacific Resources.[2]

NV Energy trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol (NVE). Until becoming NV Energy, Sierra Pacific Resources traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol (SRP).

NV Energy is the owner and operator of the Reid Gardner Station, a coal-fired power station near Moapa, Nevada and is the proponent of the Ely Energy Center, Phase I and a hypothetical expansion known as Ely Energy Center, Phase II.[3]

In its 2007 annual report, Sierra Pacific Resources stated that "NPC's generation capacity consists of a combination of 29 gas, oil and coal generating units with a combined summer capacity of 3,276 MWs ... In 2007, NPC generated approximately 63% of its total system."[4]

Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

NV Energy has been a corporate funder of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).[5] It has been a member of the ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force[6] as well as ALEC corporate co-chair of Nevada.[7] Please see ALEC Corporations for more.

The company confirmed to Greenpeace in May 2014 that it had cut ties to ALEC.[8] Please see Corporations that Have Cut Ties to ALEC for more.

About ALEC
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Coal Sources

In its 2007 annual report Nevada Power stated that coal used in the Reid Gardner power station "originates from various mines in the Utah and Colorado coal fields and is delivered to the station via the Union Pacific Railroad. NV Energy has long-term contracts with Arch Coal (expires 2011) and Andalex Resources, Inc. (expires 2010). Long-term contracts were expected to be executed in 2008 by Nevada Power with Co-op Mining Co. (to expire in 2012) and Bowie Resources (to expire in 2012). These contracts were expected to represent 100% of Reid Gardner’s projected requirements for 2008, 80% for 2009, 57% for 2010, 40% for 2011 and 27% for 2012."[4]

NV Energy also owns 11.3% the Navajo Generating Station.[9] In its annual report SRP, the operator of the Navajo Station, states that coal for the plant is "obtained from surface mining operations conducted by Peabody Coal Company (Peabody) on portions of the Black Mesa in Arizona within the Navajo and Hopi Indian tribes (the Tribes) reservations. The Navajo supply contract expires June 2011, with an option provided to NPC to extend for an additional 15 years requirements."[4]

Existing Coal Plants

NV Energy owned 6 coal-fired generators at two locations in 2005, with 1,133 MW of capacity. Here is a list of NV Energy's coal power plants:[10][11]

Plant Name State County Year(s) Built Capacity 2007 CO2 Emissions 2006 SO2 Emissions
Reid Gardner NV Clark 1965, 1968, 1976, 1983 612 MW 5,259,000 tons 2,015 tons
North Valmy NV Humboldt 1981, 1985 521 MW 4,387,000 tons 7,161 tons

In 2006, Sierra Pacific's 2 coal-fired power plants emitted 9.6 million tons of CO2 and 9,000 tons of SO2.

From Gas to Coal

AN ILL WIND - The Secret Threat of Coal Ash at Reid Gardner.

NV Energy's Ely Energy Center, Phase I was placed on hold on February 9, 2009. According to CEO Michael Yackira, the plant could be delayed for up to 10 years, or until carbon capture and storage technologies are available.[12]

The 2,500–megawatt plant was to have been the largest energy development project in the state’s history since the Hoover Dam was completed in 1936."[13]

While the power station was to have been coal-fired, the company sought to sell its credentials on the grounds that it would facilitate future growth of solar and wind power. "The Ely Energy Center also includes a 250–mile transmission intertie that will, for the first time link northern and southern Nevada. This link will open a path for renewable energy to be economically transported to where it is needed the most. Specifically, it will allow northern Nevada’s abundant geothermal energy to be sent south while southern Nevada's solar resources can be shared with the north. It will provide transmission access for wind plants proposed in northern and eastern Nevada that would be otherwise economically impossible to develop," it states on its website.[13]

In April 2013, NV Energy proposed a state amendment calling for the accelerated closing of three of the four units at Reid Gardner by 2014, and the fourth in 2017. In its place the company would construct or acquire and own 1,000 megawatts of natural gas during the next five years and 1,000 more megawatts in the next 10 years, as well as acquire or contract 600 megawatts of renewable energy in Nevada during the next five years, and own or operate 25 percent of that. Under the plan, the utility would not divest from its share of ownership in the Navajo and Valmy coal plants until 2017 and 2025, respectively.[14]

Reid Gardner coal-ash landfill expansion moves forward

On April 28, 2011 NV Energy moved a step closer toward expanding its controversial landfill for toxic coal-ash waste at its power plant near Moapa, Nevada.

Southern Nevada Health District's board directed its staff to proceed with finalizing conditions for a permit it approved in October 2011 to expand the Reid Gardner Station's landfill, paving the way for 35 more years of operating the coal-fired plant. Moapa Band of Paiutes and the Sierra Club opposed the expansion, noting that it would likely lead to an increase in local water contamination.[15]

Personnel

Contact Details

6100 Neil Road
Reno, NV 89511
Phone: (775) 834-3600 (switchboard)
Phone: (800) 962-0399 (business office)
Fax: (775) 834-4202
Website: http://www.nvenergy.com/

Articles and Resources

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sierra Pacific Resources, BusinessWeek Company Insight Center, accessed Aug. 2008.
  2. "About Us", NV Energy, accessed February 2009.
  3. "Projects", NV Energy website, accessed February 2009.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Sierra Pacific Resources, Sierra Pacific Resources 2007 Annual Report, Sierra Pacific Resources, page 20.
  5. Clearinghouse on Environmental Advocacy and Research, project of the Environmental Working Group, Information of the American Legislative Exchange Council, archived organizational profile, archived by Wayback Machine December 2, 2000, accessed August 19, 2011
  6. American Legislative Exchange Council, Committee Roster, organizational task force directory, June 30, 2011, document obtained and released by Common Cause.
  7. American Legislative Exchange Council, "Solutions for the States," 38th Annual Meeting agenda, on file with CMD, August 3-6, 2011.
  8. Greenpeace, Greenpeace Confirms Six Utilities Quietly Dumped ALEC, organizational blog post, May 1, 2014.
  9. Navajo Generating Station, SRP website, accessed October 2009.
  10. Environmental Integrity Project, Dirty Kilowatts: America’s Most Polluting Power Plants, July 2007.
  11. Dig Deeper, Carbon Monitoring for Action database, accessed Aug. 2008.
  12. "NV Energy postponing big coal-fired plant near Ely," Associated Press, February 10, 2009.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Proposed Ely Energy Center, Sierra Pacific corporate fact sheet, accessed January 2008.
  14. Andrew Doughman, "NV Energy to decommission coal plants, shift to gas and renewables," Las Vegas Sun, April 2, 2013.
  15. "Controversial coal-ash landfill expansion near Moapa moves forward" Keith Rogers, Las Vegas Review Journal, April 28, 2011.