I attended a Green Alliance Committee meeting that had a panel of opinions about the future economics of energy. Two panelists particularly stood out to me and their perspectives rivaled each other: Tony Sanchez, VP of Government and Community Development for NV Energy, and Debra Gallo, Director of Government and State Regulatory Affairs of Southwest Gas.
I’m going to give you my summary first:
Policies are driving these industries.
There could be a great program to save energy but if it’s not cost effective, it will not happen. Southwest Gas has a formula they use; NV Energy just provided empty numbers. Sanchez had a self-proclaiming power point about growing numbers in energy conservation but Gallo was straight forward in her approach in what Southwest Gas has accomplished with energy conservation.
She pointed out an interesting fact about the difference with NV Energy and Southwest Gas. Southwest Gas only transports and takes control of the gas at city ports and distributes it; they do not own the well heads of natural gas.
The difference is site versus source:
Electricity is 32% efficient as about 62% is lost in generation and distribution
(The numbers are provided by the Dept. of Energy.)
Another interesting fact: natural gas vehicles are more fuel efficient than electricity powered vehicles.
Here are some programs cost saving programs that NV Energy and Southwest Gas are currently offering:
Southwest Gas: http://www.swgasliving.com/rebates