Tony Sanchez, NV Energy Lobbyist for NV Energy Nevada!!. Donu2019t let Tony Sanchezu2019s fancy title fool you. Heu2019s called Senior Vice President, Government and Community Strategy for NV Energy, but just think about that. What does a person with a title like that actually do? Letu2019s break it down. Simply put, heu2019s a narrative shaper. When it comes to corporate double-speak about how solar energy will somehow raise usage rates u2018 heu2019s your man to shape the talking points. Check this out u2018 hereu2019s how NV Energy is shaping the conversation around that: NV Energy has relied on one core argument related to customers using solar panels (NV Energy hates solar and lobbies against it vigorously) u2018 that they are not paying their fair share for the electric grid, and are therefore making electricity more expensive for other customers who donu2019t have the solar panels. Ooh, way to turn that one around on the consumer. Nice, huh? When it comes to obscene profiteering by a utility company at the expense of the consumer u2018 heu2019s your guy. NV Energy lobbyists have been fighting information contained in a report from the Energy and Policy Institute stating that, u201cNV Energyu2019s own documents reveal that it has been profiting from its customers by tens of millions of dollars per year more than regulators allowed since 2012. In total, the utility has u201coverearnedu201d in Nevada by $180 million from 2018 to 2019 beyond the profit it was supposed to be allowed to earn u2026 u201c But the genius lobbyists at NV Energy, led by Senior Vice President of Government and Community Strategy Tony Sanchez continued to try to make solar the bad guy, point to what they say were unfair rates they had to pay to customers who produced excess energy via solar power, which they fed into the grid. (Thatu2019s a key part of a program known as net metering.) And they continue to lobby for rate hikes because of net metering costs even in the face of their own figures that show year after year of u201coverearning.u201d Nice. Slick Tony Sanchez. Heu2019s your guy, all right.
Tony Sanchez, NV Energy