Carson City, NV — Today, the Nevada State Senate introduced legislation that would increase Nevada’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to 50 percent by 2030. SB358, sponsored by Senator Chris Brooks would meet the demands of Nevada voters who overwhelmingly support an increase in the state’s use of clean energy. Organizations and advocates applauded the bill’s introduction and urged the Legislature to quickly pass it into law.
“Setting a higher Renewable Portfolio Standard is critical to advancing Nevada’s clean energy economy, improving air pollution, and fighting climate change. Senator Brooks has championed a stronger RPS since 2017, and we thank him for introducing this bill,” said Nevada Conservation League Executive Director Andy Maggi. “Nevada voters have routinely called for lawmakers to set higher standards for renewable energy in Nevada, including the passage of Question 6 last year setting in Nevada’s constitution a minimum RPS of 50% by 2030. We are pleased to see the Nevada Legislature and Governor Sisolak have responded with strong commitments to pass and sign this bill, and we look forward to working with them to ensure Nevada’s energy sources are clean, renewable and cost effective.”
“We are excited to see Senator Brooks and the Legislature push Nevada to lead the way on clean energy,” said Reverend Leonard Jackson, Director of the Faith Organizing Alliance. “Currently, the Silver State gets most of its energy from out of state fossil fuels. Increasing our RPS will ensure that Nevadans get more energy from local and clean sources like solar, wind, and geothermal. Getting Nevada to 50 percent clean energy by 2030 means cleaner air, savings on energy bills, and more good jobs for our community.”
“We welcome Senator Brook’s introduction of a bill to raise Nevada’s renewable energy standard. Increasing our share of renewable energy will help the Nevadans most impacted by environmental pollution: low-income households and families of color,” said Rudy Zamora, director of Chispa Nevada, an organizing program of the League of Conservation Voters. “A higher RPS will also lower energy bills, put thousands of Nevadans to work, and help our fight against climate change. We owe it to future generations to do what we can to advance clean, affordable renewable energy.”
“After seeing the overwhelming support for increasing the RPS to 50% by 2030 by Nevada voters and understanding the urgency needed to address climate change, I applaud Senator Chris Brooks and the Nevada Legislature as they take the first step to ensure our state is fueled by clean energy,” stated Annette Magnus, Executive Director of Battle Born Progress. “It is critical that we both phase out fossil fuels and invest in clean energy to reduce our carbon footprint and create clean jobs within Nevada.”
“The people of Nevada made a clear statement about the future they want when they overwhelmingly passed Question 6 in November,” said Katie Robbins, Campaign Manager for Nevadans for a Clean Energy Future. “We applaud Senator Brooks for his introduction of SB358 and thank Governor Sisolak and Speaker Frierson for their commitment to Nevada’s clean energy future. We are looking forward to working with our coalition partners and legislators to ensure that the will of the voters is heard and SB358 is signed into law.”