The Nevada Legislature will hear testimony on Wednesday on the latest bill to strengthen the Silver State’s clean-energy economy. Senate Bill 204 would stabilize power costs, reduce fossil fuel dependence, and make our electric system more dependable by adding energy storage.

Energy storage counters one of the few drawbacks of some renewable energy by making clean power available 24 hours a day. Innovating and investing in storage would speed up the transition to the clean, homegrown renewable sources abundant in Nevada.

This energy storage target legislation will direct the Public Utilities Commission to investigate the potential for energy storage on Nevada’s electric grid and consider adopting energy storage targets for the state’s large utilities. Energy storage is already improving reliability and access to clean energy in many American cities and around the world.

One of the world’s most productive energy-storage-system manufacturers is at Tesla’s Gigafactory outside Reno, Nevada.

Advocates for Nevada’s clean energy economy – which is already a driver of the state’s economy, employing more than 20,000 workers in energy efficiency and solar – welcomed the bill.

“As we stand on the precipice of a new energy era in the United States, each innovation brings us closer to a 21st century, resilient economy,” said Sondra Cosgrove, president of the League of Women Voters of the Las Vegas Valley. “But without the ability to store clean energy long-term, and eventually at the homeowner level, we’ll stay stuck in the past. SB204 is therefore an absolutely necessary piece of Nevada’s diversification strategy.”

“SB 204 is a needed next step in continuing to move Nevada forward to be the leader nationally in renewable energy,” said Jerry Holliday, of the Uplift Foundation—an organization founded by the Omega Psi Phi fraternity that works with youth in communities of color. “The projected impact on jobs and the economy cannot be overlooked. As we strive for clean energy leadership nationally, having a solid energy storage plan in place helps secure the energy future for all Nevadans including communities of color.”

“Capturing the energy from Nevada’s vast solar resources has the potential to create jobs and eliminate the need for fossil fuels in our energy system,” said Andy Maggi, executive director of the Nevada Conservation League. “Senators Kelvin Atkinson and Pete Goicoechea’s bill is a common sense, bipartisan step to making sure we’re ready for storage as soon as the technology is deployed in our communities. We applaud Senators Atkinson and Goicoechea for their leadership and for working to ensure that Nevada is number one in clean energy production, use, and technology.”

“Energy storage will play an important role in helping us transition to a clean energy economy,” said Brian Beffort, director of the Sierra Club’s Toiyabe Chapter. “SB 204 will help create jobs and improve the reliability of electricity for consumers while cleaning the air and making our communities healthier.” 

“Energy storage is a key ingredient in achieving the 100% clean, renewable energy future that our kids need and deserve,” said John Friedrich, Climate Parents online campaign manager.

RenewNV is a partnership of organizations working to build and enhance Nevada’s clean energy economy. Renewable energy means reliable power, clean air, and good jobs for Nevada, and smart energy policies that can make the Silver State an economic powerhouse. RenewNV supports policies that will expand our use and export of renewable energy, increase opportunities for energy efficiency and ensure that all Nevadans have access to the new energy economy.