Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval today signed two clean energy bills that will lay a foundation for development of the Silver State’s renewable energy future. The enactment of these key bills comes on the heels of Sandoval’s signing last week of Assembly Bill 223, sponsored by Assemblyman William McCurdy II, which will put at least 5 percent of energy-efficiency spending towards low-income energy consumers
Today’s bills include Senate Bill 145, sponsored by Senator Patricia Spearman, which provides incentives for electric vehicles and energy storage; and Senate Bill 204, sponsored by Senator Kelvin Atkinson, which lays the foundation for development of an energy-storage standard for Nevada.
Advocates for Nevada’s clean energy economy supported the legislation as important elements of a comprehensive portfolio of changes that will strengthen the state’s energy grid, cut costs for consumers, including low and fixed-income families, and encourage the electric vehicle industry.
“Energy efficiency has long been a goal of utility regulators, but often those who need it most, people on low or fixed incomes, haven’t been able to access those programs to cut energy use and lower their bills,” said the Reverend Leonard Jackson of Faith Organizing Alliance in Las Vegas. “This legislation is an important step forward in that it extends these programs to everyone.”
“Nevada has always been a leader in renewable energy, and with SB 145 and SB 204 our state will lay the foundation for extending and strengthening our leadership in emerging energy storage technologies,” said Sondra Cosgrove, president of the League of Women Voters of the Las Vegas Valley. “Energy storage is a critical element in reliable grid management and renewable energy development.”
“We applaud Governor Sandoval for signing into law legislation that would increase energy efficiency access and incentivize energy storage usage,” said Rudy Zamora, program director of Chispa NV, a program of the League of Conservation Voters. “These bills, made possible by nearly unanimous bipartisan support, will expand our clean energy economy by growing green jobs, promoting energy efficiency, and cutting energy bills – giving working families the flexibility to save dollars for use on health care, education, and other needs. Our state leaders continue to demonstrate Nevada’s leadership in protecting our environment and our communities.”
In addition, two other important clean energy bills moved closer to becoming law: Senate Bill 407, which would establish a Clean Energy Fund – often called a “green bank” – to leverage private investment in energy efficiency and Senate Bill 65, which would include clean energy and energy efficiency in Nevada’s long-range energy planning, have passed both chambers of the Nevada Legislature and are waiting for Governor Sandoval’s signature.
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