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.