Industry representatives, businesses and clean energy advocates spoke today on behalf of a strong renewable energy standard at a hearing of the Nevada Senate Committee on Commerce, Labor and Energy.
Assembly Bill 206, legislation sponsored by Las Vegas Assemblyman Chris Brooks, would increase the renewable standard in Nevada to 50 percent by 2030. The legislation has received bipartisan support from diverse interests, including advocates and businesses who anticipate economic growth, job creation and healthy communities. Clean energy advocates in the RenewNV partnership spoke at the hearing in favor of the bill.
“Business owners favor predictability and stability because both reduce risk as a component of long-term planning. AB206 will create predictable and stable clean energy markets, which will lure in more business investment and produce more jobs in Nevada,” said Sondra Cosgrove, president of the League of Women Voters of the Las Vegas Valley. “The Natural Resources Defense Council estimates a stronger portfolio of energy efficiency and renewable energy such as solar could attract more than $3 billion in capital investment to Nevada over the coming two decades. AB 206 makes sense for business and for Nevada.”
Dylan Sullivan, a senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council, noted that most of Nevada’s energy is now produced with imported, and cost-variable, fossil fuels.
“Nevada has some of the nation’s best solar and geothermal resources, but relies on out-of-state natural gas for the vast majority of its electricity,” Sullivan said. “This bill would change that, and help deliver the clean, affordable, abundant clean energy future Nevadans want.”
Andy Maggi, executive director of the Nevada Conservation League, said a strong renewable standard has multiple benefits.
“With today’s hearing on AB 206, we are one step closer to creating thousands of jobs while growing our economy and reducing pollution,” Maggi said. “Setting a standard of 50 percent by 2030 is signaling to the nation Nevada is open for clean energy development and expansion. Our thanks go to Senator Atkinson and members of the committee for today’s productive and informative committee hearing.”
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