Question 3 threatens to eliminate existing consumer protections

Question 3

Question 3 threatens to eliminate many existing consumer protections that safeguard Nevada consumers under our current electricity system.

Eliminates Nevada’s current authority to regulate and limit electric rates

Question 3 is an electricity deregulation measure, meaning it would eliminate Nevada’s existing authority to regulate and limit electric rates. Corporations that sell electricity would control Nevada’s electric rates and could increase rates at will – with no public hearings and no limit on how high rates could go.

What
Consumer
Protections

would be

Eliminated Or
Threatened

under

Question 3?

Sources: Text of Question 3; Independent studies by the Guinn Center (August 2018) and the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (April 2018); various news reports and studies of electricity deregulation in other states.

Eliminates existing customer privacy protections

Under current law, Nevada utility companies cannot release their customers’ names, addresses or phone numbers for commercial purposes. But under Question 3, this information could be handed over to corporate electricity sellers and resellers throughout the country, who could use it for telemarketing calls, door-to-door marketing, and other commercial purposes.

What
Consumer
Protections

would be

Eliminated Or
Threatened

under

Question 3?

Sources: Text of Question 3; Independent studies by the Guinn Center (August 2018) and the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (April 2018); various news reports and studies of electricity deregulation in other states.

Eliminates protections against unreasonable and hidden fees

Question 3 would eliminate existing protections against excessive fees, such as fees for canceling your electricity service if you move or special fees for using electricity on hot summer days. It would also eliminate existing consumer protections against deceptive teaser rates, bait-and-switch tactics, and other fraudulent marketing scams, which have become major problems in states that deregulated electricity.

What
Consumer
Protections

would be

Eliminated Or
Threatened

under

Question 3?

Sources: Text of Question 3; Independent studies by the Guinn Center (August 2018) and the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (April 2018); various news reports and studies of electricity deregulation in other states.

Threatens Nevada’s rural electricity cooperatives

Question 3’s deeply flawed language has no exemptions for rural electricity co-ops. Thus, in addition to requiring the dismantling of Nevada’s major utilities, it threatens to dismantle the rural electricity providers who serve 40% of our state – and force their customers to pay higher electric rates.

What
Consumer
Protections

would be

Eliminated Or
Threatened

under

Question 3?

Sources: Text of Question 3; Independent studies by the Guinn Center (August 2018) and the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (April 2018); various news reports and studies of electricity deregulation in other states.

Eliminates existing assistance programs for people who need help

Question 3 would eliminate existing programs that help seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, and people on low or fixed incomes have access to affordable, reliable electricity.

What
Consumer
Protections

would be

Eliminated Or
Threatened

under

Question 3?

Sources: Text of Question 3; Independent studies by the Guinn Center (August 2018) and the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (April 2018); various news reports and studies of electricity deregulation in other states.