One week to go before Nevada voters decide electricity choice; Xcel and Google unveil home energy management tools

One week to go before Nevada voters decide electricity choice ballot measure. Several media outlets have pegged next week’s vote on Question 3, Nevada’s ballot initiative in which voters will decide whether to end monopoly regulation in the state and allow competition in electricity, as a clash between two billionaires. Las Vegas Sands owner Sheldon Adelson is leading the charge to pass the ballot measure, while NV Energy, the state’s dominant utility company owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, is spending millions to defeat it. In fact, opponents are outspending advocates by a factor of two to one, according to KTNV news. Supporters hope to overcome the spending deficit through star power, enlisting Jonathan Scott of the HGTV television show “Property Brothers” to persuade voters. “All of these profits are going to billionaires who are not Nevadans. They don’t live here. Why should all of the profits go there instead of bringing down the rates of the millions who live here,” Scott says in an ad.

Xcel partners with Google on energy management solutions. Xcel Energy it is working with Google in an effort to develop new energy solutions. The collaboration has produced “its first set of voice actions using the Google Assistant as a seamless way for customers to access information about improving energy efficiency in their homes,” the utility said. “Xcel Energy is always seeking ways to bring value to our customers through new energy options and enhanced service,” said Xcel’s Brett Carter. “We are excited to partner with Google and other tech leaders, as we create new ways to develop and deploy innovative energy solutions for our customers and leverage our investment in smart meter technology.”

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