Guinn takes on energy crises |

Guinn takes on energy crises

Staff Report

MINDEN-Nevada’s governor stressed the urgency of the energy crisis Sunday during the Douglas County Republican Central Committee’s Lincoln Day Dinner at the Carson Valley Inn.

“This is a devastating problem and it’s not going to get any better,” Gov. Kenny Guinn said. “It is an issue because we live next to California. They have large sums of money and when they need something they can buy up the market.”

California was at a Stage 3 power alert for the 27th straight day on Sunday; the state has resorted to rolling blackouts to conserve energy.

Guinn said he is working on a plan for Nevada to make sure the state will be protected in the event of the crisis moves in this direction.

“When this May and June comes and they turn on the air conditioning units in California and we turn them on in Nevada, Utah and Arizona, it’s going to get very difficult. We all have to keep our heads and make sure we are not blaming each other and come up with a plan,” he said. “Everybody has a very simplistic solution for this very serious problem and there is no simplistic solution.”

Guinn said Nevada can build power plants and have them ready in two years, but after 2003 there will be no more capacity on the state’s grids. The potential for disaster is great, he said.

“I urge you all to conserve energy,” he said. “In the last 2-1/2 the technology field and the Internet has jumped usage from 2 percent to 13 percent. You have got to have the children and your businesses turn off those computers at night,” he urged.

Guinn also announced to cheers from the crowd that the new Air National Guard building will be named after veteran Sen. Lawrence Jacobsen, R-Minden.

Jacobsen, 79, has served in the Nevada Legislature since 1963 – longer than anyone in the state’s history. He has been a senator since 1979.

“The new building at the Air National Guard will be the ‘Sen. Jake’ building,” Guinn said. “He’s done so much for the military and so much for the retired veterans in this state, I can’t think of anyone better to have such a legacy attached to his name.”

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