Clean energy advocacy organizations released the following statements in reaction to Nevadans for Affordable Clean Energy Choices releasing principles for Question 3, the Energy Choice Initiative.
Question 3, which will appear on Nevada’s statewide ballot in November, is a ballot measure to provide Nevadans with affordable renewable energy options. Organizations working in the U.S. Southwest applauded the Question 3-related principles:
• Tom Polikalas, Nevada representative, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project:
“SWEEP was pleased to see that the principles published by the ‘Yes on 3’ campaign took a strong stance on energy efficiency. Best practice electric utility energy efficiency programs, if implemented in Nevada, could save hundreds of millions of dollars on consumer energy costs with a net economic benefit of more than $600 million, create more than 1,400 new jobs, produce substantial water savings while reducing pollution, and generate additional revenue for state and local governments. If ‘Energy Choice’ legislation establishes a level playing field for all electric utilities that includes a minimum energy efficiency standard, Nevada’s consumers could have many more opportunities to save energy and money, leading to tremendous economic and environmental benefits for the state.
• Bob Johnston, Senior Staff Attorney, Western Resource Advocates:
“A restructured energy market must continue on Nevada’s path of reducing carbon emissions, with increased reliance on renewable energy and energy efficiency. We applaud the strong commitment to this goal by Energy Choice Initiative advocates in their statement of principles for Nevada’s energy future. If Nevadans approve the initiative, Western Resource Advocates looks forward to working with other stakeholders to insure a clean, restructured energy market is developed consistent with this goal.”
• Joe Johnson, Energy Task Force Co-Chair, Toiyabe Chapter, Sierra Club:
“These principles are an important step in designing a new energy system with ambitious goals for clean energy, while ensuring Energy Choice works for all Nevadans. Right now, some Nevadans who can least afford it, pay the highest utility bills because their homes and apartments are not weatherized. Energy Choice should greatly expand programs to retrofit houses and apartment buildings so that everyone can benefit from the clean energy economy.”
• Andy Maggi, Executive Director, Nevada Conservation League (a RenewNV partnership member):
“Nevadans have been clamoring for clean energy and the benefits it brings, they want Nevada to be the leader in the production and use of clean and renewable energy. And we need 21st-century energy policy if we’re going to reap the benefits of the clean energy economy. The principles released earlier today by the ‘Yes on 3’ campaign have the potential to grow Nevada’s economy, put Nevada back in the lead on clean energy, create good-paying jobs, reduce carbon emissions, and benefit public health for all Nevadans.”
• Dylan Sullivan, Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council:
“Nevada’s electricity providers need to get more electricity from the state’s solar and geothermal resources, and do more to help customers save energy. NRDC is encouraged at the Energy Choice Initiative’s announcement that they support an 80 percent by 2040 renewable portfolio standard and better energy efficiency programs. We are excited to work with proponents of the initiative, and other stakeholders, to ensure these principles are codified into Nevada law.”