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Despite Vetoes, Nevada Builds Foundation for Clean Energy Development

Businesses, community leaders and clean-energy advocates said the vetos of a strong clean energy standard and community solar gardens for Nevada was a serious misstep on the part of Gov. Brian Sandoval, but would not stop the state from developing a vital clean energy economy in the years to come. Sandoval vetoed Assembly Bill 206, a measure that would have increased the percentage of clean energy Nevada generates to 40 [...]

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Business Leaders, Community Advocates Call on Governor to Sign Stronger Clean Energy Standard

Business leaders and community advocates today called on Governor Brian Sandoval to sign legislation that would put Nevada into the top tier of states with clean energy standards, and delivered nearly 8,000 signatures from Nevadans who support Assembly Bill 206. Under this legislation, passed by the legislature, Nevada would get at least 40 percent of its energy from clean renewable sources by 2030, a goal that would position the state [...]

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Bill for Community Solar Gardens Advances

The Nevada Legislature today forwarded a proposal to allow community “solar gardens” to add to the state’s power generating mix by providing low-cost, clean renewable energy to multiple subscribers. Senate Bill 392, with primary sponsors Senators Mo Denis and Pat Spearman of Las Vegas, would change utility rules to allow neighborhoods to work cooperatively to put solar generating arrays on rooftops and parking lots of churches, commercial centers and community [...]

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Nevada Legislature Approves Renewable Energy Standard to Boost Clean Energy Economy

The Nevada Senate today voted to increase the state’s clean energy standard to 40 percent renewable sources by 2030. Following a concurring vote in the Nevada Assembly, Assembly Bill 206 will go to Governor Brian Sandoval for his signature. AB 206, sponsored by Las Vegas Assemblyman Chris Brooks, has received bipartisan support from diverse interests, including large and small businesses who anticipate economic growth, job creation and healthier communities to [...]

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Nevada Senate Unanimously Approves Rooftop Solar Restoration

Nevada came a step closer to restoring its rooftop solar industry Sunday, as the state Senate voted 21-0 to approve legislation that would change rules dating to 2015 that made homeowner investments in clean energy unaffordable. The bill, Assembly Bill 405, would make rooftop solar investments affordable for homeowners once again. The home-solar industry virtually disappeared in Nevada after regulatory changes reduced credits and increased costs for these clean energy [...]

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Energy Efficiency Legislation Goes to Governor Sandoval

The Nevada Assembly Friday evening overwhelmingly voted to approve a strong energy efficiency bill, the second this week. The bipartisan vote echoed an earlier vote by the Nevada Senate and forwards the bill to Governor Brian Sandoval for his signature. Senate Bill 150, sponsored by Senator Pat Spearman of Las Vegas, would establish annual goals for energy savings and bring cost-effective efficiency programs to low-income homeowners, among others. "Energy efficiency [...]

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Governor Signs Key Clean Energy Bills

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval today signed two clean energy bills that will lay a foundation for development of the Silver State’s renewable energy future. The enactment of these key bills comes on the heels of Sandoval’s signing last week of Assembly Bill 223, sponsored by Assemblyman William McCurdy II, which will put at least 5 percent of energy-efficiency spending towards low-income energy consumers Today’s bills include Senate Bill 145, sponsored [...]

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Nevada Senate Sends Community Solar to Assembly

The Nevada Senate this evening passed legislation to allow neighborhoods to work together to establish community “solar gardens” to provide low-cost, clean renewable energy to multiple subscribers, efforts that have encouraged solar power development in other parts of the country. The bipartisan vote in support for Senate Bill 392, with primary sponsors Senators Mo Denis and Pat Spearman of Las Vegas, sends the legislation to the Nevada Assembly. Clean energy [...]

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Nevada Advocates Speak Up for Clean Energy Jobs

Industry representatives, businesses and clean energy advocates spoke today on behalf of a strong renewable energy standard at a hearing of the Nevada Senate Committee on Commerce, Labor and Energy. Assembly Bill 206, legislation sponsored by Las Vegas Assemblyman Chris Brooks, would increase the renewable standard in Nevada to 50 percent by 2030. The legislation has received bipartisan support from diverse interests, including advocates and businesses who anticipate economic growth, [...]

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