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Nevada Takes First Competitive Step

Fortnightly Magazine - September 1 1996

The Nevada Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved an interim order and report finding that competition in the electric industry could benefit the state if the legislature chooses to authorize retail competition.

The PSC said that its investigations revealed no indications that retail competition would impair reliability, violate expectations of utility shareholders, harm customers, reduce tax revenues, or set back the state's economic goals. It also opined that doing nothing would be dangerous for Nevada, especially when other states are in the process of opening their markets to competition.

However, the PSC asked the legislature not to mandate a particular structure. It said Nevada should give industry participants more flexibility within parameters established by the legislature. It urged the legislature to authorize the PSC to require unbundling if and when it can benefit Nevada's customers.

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