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 measures are important because they reduce the need for fossil-fuel burning electric generation, but too often they have missed helping those who could benefit the most,” said Jerry Holliday, president of the Uplift Foundation of Las Vegas. “Low-income families, renters, people on fixed incomes often live in the draftiest old homes, and would certainly like to see lower power bills, but some energy efficiency programs haven’t helped them. Sen. Spearman’s bill brings efficiency assistance to everyone.”

“For far too long, there has been a gap in bringing energy efficiency programs to the people who need it the most,” said Rudy Zamora, Director of Chispa Nevada, a program of the League of Conservation Voters. “Senate Bill 150 addresses this issue by ensuring energy efficient options reach those communities to help them save energy and reduce their monthly power bills.”

In other action, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Labor and Energy unanimously forwarded Assembly Bill 405, which would restore rooftop solar to Nevada, to the full Senate for passage, on Friday.

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