We have received many questions about the difference between Ballot Question 3 and Ballot Question 6. Here is a brief explanation:
With two energy-related measures on the ballot this November, it can be confusing to understand how these two measures differ. Even though these measures are both about energy, they are not related. While Question 3 is about who provides your energy, while Question 6 is about whether utilities should get more energy from renewable sources.
What is Question 6? What is Question 3?
Question 6 is about how much energy utilities are required to get from renewables. If passed, the measure would require electric utilities to get 50% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Right now, Nevada gets 80% of its energy from out of state from fossil fuels like gas, oil and coal.
Question 3 is fundamentally about who provides your energy. Proponents of Question 3 say that a YES vote would establish “an open, competitive retail electric energy market,” reduce energy market regulations, and prohibit energy monopolies. Opponents say that the measure would “dismantle Nevada’s existing electricity system” and lock a risky experiment into Nevada’s constitution.
How do these measures relate to one another?
No matter the outcome of Question 3, Question 6 would increase Nevada’s renewable portfolio standard to 50% by 2030. That means that no matter who provides your energy, they must provide 50% from solar, wind, and other renewable sources.
If Question 3 and Question 6 pass, what will happen?
No matter who provides your energy, Question 6 would require electric utilities to get 50% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030. If we have multiple suppliers of electricity due to Q3 passing, we will want to ensure those new energy providers all follow the same standard.
What happens if Question 3 fails and Question 6 passes?
No matter who provides your energy, Question 6 would require electric utilities to get 50% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030. If Q3 fails, we will want to ensure that NV Energy is held accountable to providing more clean energy and that Nevada once again becomes a leader in using renewable energy. After all, the sun and wind are abundant in Nevada and free.
What happens if both Question 6 and Question 3 pass?
If both Question 6 and Question 3 pass, new and existing utilities in Nevada would be required to get 50% of their energy from renewable sources like solar and wind.
Who supports these measures?
Question 6 is bringing together a broad bipartisan coalition of community groups, businesses and medical professionals behind a common goal: 50% renewable energy by 2030.