Groups that support a clean-energy economy for Nevada wonder: Why is clean energy good for Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway utility in Iowa, but not for Nevada? MidAmerican, BHE’s utility serving Iowa and parts of South Dakota, Nebraska and Illinois, plans a $3.6 billion investment in renewable energy, particularly wind and solar. The investment will bring the company portfolio up to 85 percent renewable energy, with a goal of bringing the company’s customers 100 percent renewable soon.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case in Nevada, where NV Energy, also owned by Berkshire Hathaway Energy, has a portfolio of just 14 percent renewable energy, and where the utility plans to develop more fossil-fuel powered generation in the coming decades.
As Battle Born Progress Executive Director Annette Magnus said, “While Berkshire Hathaway’s MidAmerican has a ‘dream to deliver 100 percent renewable energy’ to customers in Iowa, according to the CEO, they seem to have a very different vision for Nevada. Here NV Energy is running attack ads against the solar industry and taking every opportunity to undermine the renewable energy economy in a state that has more abundant resources than almost any other. It’s time for NV Energy to seize the opportunity that clean energy offers. Investments in homegrown Nevada energy are also an investment in cleaner air, healthier families and good jobs.”