Carson City, NV⎼⎼ Today, the Nevada Assembly Growth and Infrastructure Committee heard and unanimously passed Senate Bill 358, which would raise the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard to 50% by 2030. Sponsored by Senator Chris Brooks, the bill mirrors Question 6 from the 2018 ballot, which passed with 59% of the vote. SB 358 requires at least half of the energy provided to consumers to come from clean renewable sources like solar.
With strong unanimous support, SB358 will now head to the Assembly floor, with the potential to land on to the Governor’s desk by Earth Day. SB358 has already passed the Senate unanimously.
Katherine Lorenzo, Senior Organizer with Chispa Nevada and representative for the RenewNV coalition, stated:
“This vote is a win for the Nevadans most affected by environmental pollution and high electricity bills, low-income families and communities of color. A higher RPS will not only improve our air quality and lower energy costs, it will also put thousands of Nevadans to work and protect our environment. SB358 goes a long way to protecting today and tomorrow’s generations, and we thank the Nevada Assembly and all legislators for supporting a cleaner future for our children.”
Andy Maggi, Executive Director of Nevada Conservation League stated:
“We thank the Nevada Assembly for moving quickly to make SB358 law. The tremendous, bipartisan support we’ve seen for a raising Nevada’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, from its unanimous vote today and in the Senate to Governor Sisolak’s commitment to reaching 50% by 2030, is a direct response to Nevadans’ overwhelming demand for more clean energy.
Nevada has some of the best solar, geothermal and wind resources in the nation; there’s no reason we shouldn’t be a leader in renewable energy. A higher Renewable Portfolio Standard will also create thousands of well-paying jobs, deliver cost-savings for ratepayers, and strengthen our clean energy economy. We applaud the Nevada Legislature for taking prompt action, and we look forward to seeing Governor Sisolak sign this bill.”
Katie Robbins, Campaign Manager for Nevadans for a Clean Energy Future stated:
“The people of Nevada have made a clear statement about the future they want last November, and they should not have to wait for it to become a reality. Many legislative leaders, as well as Governor Sisolak have all recognized the need to guarantee a cleaner, healthier future for our state. We saw that again with the unanimous passage of SB358 in the Senate earlier in the week and today’s unanimous passage out of the Assembly Growth and Infrastructure committee. We look forward to seeing this bill voted out of the Assembly and on to the Governor’s desk for signature very soon.”
Dylan Sullivan, Senior Scientist, Climate and Clean Energy Program, Natural Resources Defense Council stated:
“The Senate’s unanimous, bipartisan approval of Senate Bill 358 on Tuesday, and today’s unanimous, bipartisan vote in the Assembly Growth and Infrastructure Committee show that Nevada is ready for a transition to clean energy. Updating and reforming the RPS will create jobs, reduce pollution, and make Nevada, once again, a national clean energy leader. We appreciate that Assembly Leadership and Chair Monroe-Moreno have fast-tracked this bill, and urge Assembly members to quickly pass it.”