LAS VEGAS – NV Energy announced an unprecedented investment in homegrown clean energy. The utility’s proposed Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is an important step forward for clean energy in our state.
The 3-year plan addresses Nevada consumers’ demand for clean power by doubling renewable energy production and developing 6 new solar plants that will deliver 1000 Megawatts of electricity. The proposal would create thousands of jobs, save consumers money, invest in homegrown renewable resources, and reduce the health and environmental impacts of power plant pollution.
The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada will review the proposal and make a final decision by the end of the year. The substantial increases over the plan’s 3-year timeframe show that a major shift toward clean energy is not only feasible, but economically sound.
Clean energy advocates from Nevada had this to say about the plan released today:
“NV Energy’s early closure of the Valmy coal plant will save Nevadans money, support new job-growth in the clean energy economy, and protect our air and water from more coal pollution,” said Elspeth DiMarzio, Sierra Club’s Nevada Beyond Coal Campaign Representative. “This commitment from NV Energy to invest in new clean energy infrastructure is a big step toward a safer, healthier, and more sustainable future here in Nevada.”
“Nevada’s energy consumers and voters have been demanding more investments in clean energy for some time and NV Energy has just announced a plan that matches its rhetoric on being a clean energy leader, said Andy Maggi, Executive Director of the Nevada Conservation League. “Along with greater energy efficiency and taking steps to shut down Nevada’s last coal-fired power plant, the unprecedented investment in homegrown clean energy will boost our economy, save consumers money, and reduce pollution that harms our health and the environment. NV Energy is stepping up in a big way to ensure Nevada’s clean energy future is secure and we look forward to working with them to meet our shared goal of 100% clean energy that is accessible to all Nevadans.”
“This plan recognizes the economic power of renewable innovation and investment. Big Nevada companies like MGM have taken the lead on developing their own renewable power because they know clean energy makes good economic sense, while others like Apple and Tesla moved here in part because of the abundance of clean power,” said Reverend Leonard Jackson, Director of the Faith Organizing Alliance. “All Nevada consumers deserve the same opportunities to access affordable, reliable power from renewables and the cost-savings and good jobs that come with it. NV Energy’s new long-term plan will move us toward that future.”
“NV Energy’s unprecedented announcement today would significantly reduce the state’s carbon emissions. It would not only allow us to speed up the closure of the Valmy coal plant, but also give families across the state the opportunity to access clean energy, clean air, and clean water,” said Rudy Zamora, Program Director of CHISPA Nevada, a program of the League of Conservation Voters.