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Nev. secretary of state certifies 2 solar petitions for November ballot

NevadaSecretary of State Barbara Cegavske on July 12 two solar petitions for theNov. 8 ballot, but one of them has a legal challenge pending before the NevadaSupreme Court.

QuestionNumber 5, which is the "Referendum on Certain Provisions Related to NetMetering Set Forth in 2015 Statutes of Nevada, Chapter 379," is thepetition of the Bring Back Solar Alliance, which is to restore net metering forrooftop solar.

Agroup backed by the state's utilities obtained a lower court to keep that initiative off theballot. The alliance has filed a petition with the state supreme court.

QuestionNumber 3, which is the Energy Choice Initiative, is an by Las Vegas casinos and otherlarge energy users to open up the state's energy markets to competitors byhaving voters approve a change to the state's constitution that now protectsutility monopolies. Specifically, the initiative, filed by Nevadans forAffordable Clean Energy, would require the state legislature to provide by lawa competitive retail electricity market and prohibit exclusive franchises toelectric utilities for the generation of electricity.

Theballot questions apply to BerkshireHathaway Energy subsidiary NVEnergy Inc. and its regulated utility units and

Petitionerswere required to collect and submit 55,234 valid signatures from registeredNevada voters for each petition.

TheSecretary of State's Office will appoint ballot question committees to developarguments for and against all ballot questions to be printed in the sampleballots delivered to all registered voters before the Nov. 8 general election.