Carson City, NV — A survey of registered Nevada voters from communities of color shows almost universal support for clean energy policies, including three proposals currently being considered by state legislators.

Results show extremely high support for a proposal to increase the percentage of our electricity that comes from renewable sources, as well as measures that would increase access to energy efficiency and community solar programs.

The survey also shows state legislators who back these efforts to boost renewables will pick up support among Latino, African-American, and Asian-American Pacific Islander voters.

Key survey findings include:

  • 91 percent support for energy efficiency – Requiring utilities, like NV Energy, to increase access to energy efficiency programs that help renters, homeowners, and small businesses cut their monthly electricity bill by saving energy.
  • 84 percent support for a stronger renewable energy standard – Setting a binding goal for Nevada to transition from fossil fuels to 80 percent renewables, such as solar, by 2040.
  • 80 percent support for community solar gardens – Allowing renters or those who cannot afford rooftop solar on their homes to buy into community solar gardens, which are shared solar power systems, often located on parking lots a neighborhood buildings.

Communities of color recognize the benefits of clean energy for future generations and Nevada’s health and economy now, and support for all three proposals remained strong even after respondents heard a balanced debate. See attached polling memo for additional details.

“Latino families in Nevada have always understood the connection between a clean energy economy and a healthier future for our community,” said Rudy Zamora, program director of Chispa NV, a Latino organizing program of the League of Conservation Voters. “If investing in clean energy and environmental protections will bring good jobs to our state, while combating climate change, I can’t imagine who would be against it.”

“Leaving a legacy of a cleaner, healthier community is important to the African-American community,” said the Rev. Leonard Jackson of the Faith Organizing Alliance in Las Vegas. “Energy efficiency programs, for example, can save the average family $1,000 a year in energy bills. Community solar gardens would allow low-income families to band together to access the promise of solar power. There’s very strong support for clean energy in the community.”

Global Strategy Group conducted a live-telephone survey commissioned by Chispa Nevada and Faith Organizing Alliance of 550 Latinos, African-Americans and Asian-American Pacific Islanders in Nevada between February 28 and March 9, 2017.

These results reaffirm a poll commissioned last year by the RenewNV coalition that nearly three-quarters of Nevadans support policies that would increase use of clean energy in the state, as well as national surveys showing more than 80 percent of Americans support more clean solar and wind energy.

About this poll: Global Strategy Group conducted a survey on February 28-March 9, 2017 of 550 Latino, African-American, and Asian-American Pacific Islanders registered voters in Nevada. The results for the entire survey have a margin of error of +/-4.6% among the 257 Latino interviews +/-6.1%, the 167 African-American interviews +/-7.6%, and the 126 Asian-American Pacific Islander interviews +/-8.7%. Care has been taken to ensure the geographic and demographic divisions of these communities are properly represented based on the voter file.

Chispa NV is a community organizing program of the League of Conservation Voters’ Chispa program. Chispa builds the capacity of Latinos and families to influence policy makers and pressure polluters to protect communities’ rights to clean air and water, healthy neighborhoods, and a safe climate for generations to come.

The Faith Organizing Alliance works to increase civic participation through faith-based and civic organizations within the Las Vegas Valley in order to advance a community and government that is more caring, just, and equitable.