County may jump into deregulation debate |

County may jump into deregulation debate

by Jeff Munson

Douglas County commissioners will consider Thursday whether to oppose the sale of Nevada’s electrical generation facilities as part of an effort to deregulate the industry.

Calling California’s deregulation effort a “colossal and dangerous failure” a resolution similar to one drafted by Carson City supervisors earlier this month asserts Douglas County’s opposition to any sale of Nevada’s electric generating facilities, and urges Gov. Kenny Guinn, the Nevada Legislature and the Nevada Public Utility Commission to stop the sale of the facilities.

Douglas County staff have recommended approval of the resolution.

In his state of the state address last month, Guinn said he wanted the state to hold off on deregulation to assure that Nevada doesn’t make the same mistakes California did when it deregulated.

Deregulation passed through the California Legislature in 1996 but its effects weren’t realized until late last year. Since November, California utilities have been scrambling to pay for power generation but claim because they cannot raise their rates, they will go bankrupt if forced to pay the power generators.

In other action Thursday, commissioners will:

n Discuss a policy that would establish procedures for the Douglas County Land Bank within the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency basin.

n Discuss and take possible action on an interlocal contract with the Department of Motor Vehicles that provides for fuel tax collection.

n Hear a presentation by the Nevada Division of Forestry about bear problems in the Lake Tahoe area of Douglas County and the possible expansion of a bear deterrence program.

n Continue with plans that would address funding agreements for Kingsbury General Improvement District regarding erosion control projects.

What: Douglas County Commission meeting

Where: Douglas County Administration Building, 175 Highway 50 East, Stateline in the Justice Courtroom

When: 1:30 p.m.