LAS VEGAS – Gov. Steve Sisolak delivered his first State of the State Address to the Nevada Legislature tonight, positioning the Silver State as a national leader in clean energy. He stated: 

“As Governor, I am committed to making Nevada a clean-energy leader, not only to combat the effects of climate change on future generations but also for the abundance of green collar jobs we can create right now,” he said to sustained applause from members of the Legislature. “Nevada used to lead the nation in the production of renewable energy. Sadly, we have fallen behind. We used to be number one, and now we’re not even in the top 10. That’s why I strongly support the goal of achieving a minimum of 50 percent in renewable energy by 2030, and I know we can meet those standards without raising the cost of electricity for the ratepayers of our state,” he said. “It’s time to make it happen.” 

“Tonight, Governor Sisolak prioritized clean energy, protecting our public lands, and demonstrated why we knew he was the right person to lead Nevada,” said Andy Maggi of the Nevada Conservation League. “He laid out a clear vision not only about why investing in clean renewable energy is important for our State, but the clear benefits for doing so. Gov. Sisolak’s continued support for expanding our Renewable Portfolio Standard to at least 50% by 2030 is a tremendous opportunity for Nevada. From day one of his administration the Governor has shown that he is ready to make Nevada a leader and be a clean energy champion. We’re excited to work with him and the Legislature to make that vision a reality.”

“It’s clear the Governor wants to take Nevada in the right direction – one that will improve air quality and build a stronger economy for Nevada while addressing climate change,” said Rudy Zamora, Program Director for Chispa Nevada a program of the League of Conservation Voters. “We look forward to working with the Governor, his administration, and the Legislature to ensure a cleaner future for our Nevada.”