The Nevada Senate today passed a bill extending support for energy efficiency measures to renters, seniors, people on fixed incomes and low-income families. The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman William McCurdy II of Las Vegas, passed the Senate without a single dissenting vote.
Earlier this month, the Nevada Assembly passed the energy efficiency bill, also unanimously. The bill now heads back to the Assembly for a final vote to bring the legislative language into agreement, then to Gov. Brian Sandoval for his signature to become law.
Advocates for Nevada’s clean energy economy supported the legislation as a key step towards reducing energy use, saving consumers money and reducing pollution from fossil fuels. Additionally, investing in energy efficiency measures on all kinds of properties means putting Nevadans to work in construction. The bill would put at least 5 percent of energy-efficiency spending towards low-income energy consumers, and customers could cut their energy bills by as much as half.
“It’s a great day for all of Nevada’s energy consumers who will have more programs available to save energy and money after the bill is signed into law,” said Tom Polikalas, Nevada representative for the South West Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP). “We greatly appreciate this bipartisan, unanimous support for energy savings, job creation, and economic development. We appreciate the hard work of the many legislators who worked tirelessly on this bill and the many supportive stakeholders of the bill ranging from NV Energy to the Nevada Conservation League. This bill brightens Nevada’s economy, environment, and future.”
“Today the Nevada Senate took an important step forward in establishing energy equity for low-income families and communities of color,” said Rudy Zamora, director of Chispa Nevada, a program of the League of Conservation Voters. “This law, made possible with bipartisan support, will cut energy bills, allowing our working families to have more flexibility to spend on health care, education, and other needs, while growing green jobs and promoting energy efficiency across the state.”
“Energy efficiency measures help cut energy costs, and that means more money for families,” said Lena Paola, local realtor and member of the Las Vegas Urban League Young Professionals. “Assemblyman McCurdy’s legislation extends the access to energy efficiency to renters, low-income families, seniors and others, and in this way extends the clean energy economy to everyone in our state. Thanks to the Senate today for passing AB 223 unanimously.”