Cement Nevada’s Status as a regional and national clean energy leader.

Under Nevada law, the state’s major utility is required to get 25 percent of its energy from renewables by 2025. That law worked to spur renewable energy development in the past, but today we only get 14 percent of our energy from renewables generated in Nevada. It’s time to update our policies to ensure Nevada remains competitive. It’s time to increase the amount of energy we get from renewables to 50 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2040. And we need policies that ensure new demand for electricity is met with clean energy that creates the greatest economic, environmental and jobs benefits to Nevadans.

Revitalize the rooftop solar industry and bring back solar jobs.

It’s time to rebuild our rooftop solar industry with long-term policy solutions that protect existing solar customers and encourage the solar industry to return good jobs to Nevada. In addition to fairly compensating homeowners who invest in rooftop solar, the state should make it easier for neighbors or organizations like churches to pool their resources to install shared solar installations that supply neighborhoods with consistent, inexpensive clean energy. These policies will open doors to renewable energy for all Nevadans, including low-income communities and communities of color.

Make the clean energy economy accessible to all Nevadans.

Communities across the country are exploring creative ways to expand access to renewable energy and energy efficiency measures that are saving consumers money; creating good, local jobs; and safeguarding our environment. In Nevada, we should encourage new ways for homeowners, business and neighborhoods to finance these cost-effective investments. Green Banks provide low-cost, long-term financing for clean energy projects with public dollars leveraging much larger private investment. And PACE, or Property Assessed Clean Energy, allows property owners to finance renewable energy and energy efficiency projects and pay them back through their property taxes.

Compared to average households, low-income Nevadans often pay two to three times more for their energy as a proportion of their income. Unfortunately, the PUC over the last year has cut funding for several popular energy-efficiency programs in Nevada that were reducing the energy use from lights, refrigerators, water heaters, pool pumps and more while saving customers on their energy bills. It’s time to revive Nevada’s energy efficiency programs to save consumers money, create jobs and reduce pollution from energy generation.

Communities of color will shape our clean energy future.

All Nevadans deserve access to clean energy to power their homes – as well as to the health and economic benefits of a clean energy economy. To ensure those benefits reach communities of color, including Latino, African-American and Native American communities in Nevada, we need smart, responsive public policy. That starts by making space for people of color to lead the discussion and shaping of our clean energy future.

Additionally, while communities of color have just as much to gain economically from renewable energy development, transitioning to clean power sources is also crucial for these communities because they are more likely to suffer the health effects of dirty energy pollution near their homes, schools, and places of work.

Smart policymakers on both sides of the aisle are working to grow our state’s
clean energy economy and build a stronger, energy-independent Nevada.