Renewable energy will diversify and grow Nevada’s economy, clean energy advocates told the Assembly Committee on Commerce and Labor during a hearing Wednesday.

Advocates for Nevada’s clean-energy economy, including members of the RenewNV partnership, told the Committee that the legislation would create stable energy rates and new jobs while meeting consumer demand for clean energy choices.

“Nevada has the ability to lead the nation in clean energy production, and AB206 will put us back on the path to show that leadership again,” said Jennifer Taylor, executive director of Clean Energy Project. “An increased renewable energy standard will create momentum for stronger economic development and stable energy rates, and continue to attract cutting-edge technology companies to our state. We have some of the best solar and geothermal resources in the nation. Nevada just needs forward-thinking policies to develop these resources to create renewable energy solutions that work for every Nevada business and family.”

“This energy efficiency legislation gives low income and communities of color the promise of lower business and residential energy bills,” said Rudy Zamora, program director of Chispa NV, a Latino organizing program of the League of Conservation Voters. “Energy efficiency means less pollution and cleaner air for Nevadans, it also means the pursuit of a clean energy economy via green construction projects that offer training and employment opportunities in our communities.”

“AB 405 outlines a Solar Bill of Rights that provides consistency, transparency, and protections for distributed energy resource customers,” said Jessica Scott, Interior West Director for Vote Solar. “This legislation also protects the rights of families and businesses to self-generate electricity that, when combined with restoration of the solar industry through AB 270, allows more Nevadans to invest in our clean energy future. Those investments in rooftop solar will build a stronger economy for all Nevadans.”

Among the bills that the Committee considered:

  • Assembly Bill 206 would raise the percentage of energy coming from renewable energy from the standard of 25 percent by 2025 to 50 percent by 2030, with a goal of 80 percent by 2040.
  • Assembly Bill 223 would establish an energy efficiency program that would help homeowners, renters and businesses cut their power bills while building Nevada’s clean-energy economy.
  • Assembly Bill 270 would adjust the costs and credits of residential rooftop solar energy to revitalize Nevada’s solar industry.
  • Assembly Bill 405 would establish a “Solar Bill of Rights” with transparency, consistency and protections for residents and businesses who self-generate electricity through rooftop or other systems.