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Strong Clean Energy Standard on the way to Senate

On a strong, bipartisan vote, the Nevada Assembly today voted to pass legislation that strengthens the state’s 20-year-old renewable energy standard, paving the way to enhance Nevada’s clean energy economy and attract billions in potential investment by businesses of all sizes. Assembly Bill 206, sponsored by Las Vegas Assemblyman Chris Brooks, would increase the percentage of energy Nevada gets from clean sources to 50 percent by 2030. The legislation now moves to the Nevada Senate for consideration. [...]

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Effort to restore rooftop solar industry clears hurdle

Advocates for rooftop solar customers and installers applauded the Nevada Assembly for passing legislation to restore an industry that virtually disappeared from the state more than a year ago. Nevada lost more than 2,500 rooftop solar installation jobs in 2016 after regulators changed the rules on solar customers and installation companies, all but killing a once-thriving industry. The changes had largely put solar out of financial reach for many Nevada [...]

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Clean energy bills go to Governor Sandoval

Three key clean energy bills have received overwhelming bipartisan support from both chambers of the Nevada Legislature, and have gone to Gov. Brian Sandoval for his signature to become law. The bills are: • Assembly Bill 223, sponsored by Las Vegas Assemblyman William McCurdy II, which provides support for energy efficiency and, in particular, expands access to energy efficiency projects to low-income residents, renters and others who face obstacles to [...]

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MGM supports stronger clean energy standard

In a huge win for clean energy advocates, MGM Resorts International, the state’s largest employer, today announced support for legislation to increase the amount of electricity Nevada gets from renewables to 50 percent.By supporting Assembly Bill 206, MGM is not only betting on the state’s clean energy economy, the company is also signaling that committing to renewables is good business. MGM owns the casino-resorts MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, New York-New [...]

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Nevada Senate passes key energy efficiency measure

The Nevada Senate today passed a bill extending support for energy efficiency measures to renters, seniors, people on fixed incomes and low-income families. The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman William McCurdy II of Las Vegas, passed the Senate without a single dissenting vote. Earlier this month, the Nevada Assembly passed the energy efficiency bill, also unanimously. The bill now heads back to the Assembly for a final vote to bring the [...]

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Clean energy advocates applaud progress on key bills

Advocates for healthy communities and a vital clean energy economy applauded legislators in the Assembly Commerce and Labor Committee for advancing three bills that will help Nevada harness its abundant renewable energy resources. The committee overwhelmingly voted to advance Assembly Bill 206, a bill to increase the percentage of energy coming from renewable sources, critical legislation for the state’s economic development. The committee also passed Senate Bill 150, which would [...]

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Rooftop solar bill passes with bipartisan support

After more than three months of discussion, hearings and input from stakeholders, the Nevada Assembly's Committee on Commerce and Labor moved a bill to restore the rooftop solar energy industry while protecting the rights of consumers. The measure, Assembly Bill 405, is now headed to the full Assembly for a floor vote as soon as next week. “This legislation is the product of a lot of debate and compromise, but [...]

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Advocates speak for clean energy fund in Nevada Assembly

Advocates for Nevada’s clean energy economy today spoke in favor of creative financing methods that would give businesses, neighborhood groups, community organizations and low-income families access to renewable energy. […]

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Closing coal plant is good news for Nevada

Advocates for healthy communities and a vital clean energy economy in Nevada applauded plans by Idaho Power to close the last remaining utility-owned, coal-burning power plant in the Silver State. The Valmy plant in Northeast Nevada is co-owned by Idaho Power and NV Energy. The utility companies will have to negotiate a closing schedule. […]

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