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Nevada Geothermal Power Plant Siting, Construction, & Regulation(7-NV)

Developers must obtain a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) from the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUC) if they qualify as a “public utility” and are seeking to develop energy generation facilities. The term “public utility” includes “any plant or equipment, or any part of a plant or equipment, within this State for the production, delivery or furnishing for or to other persons, including private or municipal corporations, heat, gas, coal slurry, light, power in any form or by an agency, water for business, manufacturing, agricultural or household use, or sewerage service, whether or not within the limits of municipalities.” NRS 704.020(2)(a). The PUC is required to provide a 30 day public comment period on the application, and developers may be required to participate in a pre-hearing conference if a motion is filed. NAC 703.492. The PUC must conduct a public hearing for any CPCN application filed by an electric utility, and developers may be required to file additional information. NRS 704.370(3). The PUC may approve or deny a request for a CPCN. NAC 703.486(3).

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Nevada Federal

Power Plant Siting: None Utilization Application Process
Definition for Public Utility: The term “public utility” includes “any plant or equipment, or any part of a plant or equipment, within this State for the production, delivery or furnishing for or to other persons, including private or municipal corporations, heat, gas, coal slurry, light, power in any form or by an agency, water for business, manufacturing, agricultural or household use, or sewerage service, whether or not within the limits of municipalities.” [[NRS 704 - Regulation of Public Utilities Generally | NRS 704.020(2)(a)]].
Coordinating Permit Offices: None
Public Utility Regulatory Authority: Public Utilities Commission of Nevada Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Public Utility Definition for Power Generator: The term “public utility” includes “any plant or equipment, or any part of a plant or equipment, within this State for the production, delivery or furnishing for or to other persons, including private or municipal corporations, heat, gas, coal slurry, light, power in any form or by an agency, water for business, manufacturing, agricultural or household use, or sewerage service, whether or not within the limits of municipalities.” [[NRS 704 - Regulation of Public Utilities Generally | NRS 704.020(2)(a)]].

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