Renewable energy will diversify and grow Nevada’s economy. That was the message from advocates for Nevada clean-energy at a state Assembly Committee hearing on Commerce and Labor this week.
Renewable legislation would create stable energy rates and new jobs while meeting consumer demand for clean energy choices, said members of the RenewNV partnership.
“Nevada has the ability to lead the nation in clean-energy production, and AB206 will put us back on the path to show that leadership again,” said Jennifer Taylor, Executive Director of Clean Energy Project.
“An increased renewable-energy standard will create momentum for stronger economic development and stable energy rates, and continue to attract cutting-edge technology companies to our state,” she added.
Among the bills that the Committee considered:
- Assembly Bill 206 would raise the percentage of energy coming from renewable energy from the standard of 25% by 2025 to 50% by 2030, with a goal of 80% by 2040.
- Assembly Bill 223 would establish an energy-efficiency program that would help homeowners, renters, and businesses cut their power bills while building Nevada’s clean-energy economy.
- Assembly Bill 270 would adjust the costs and credits of residential rooftop solar energy to revitalize Nevada’s solar industry, and Assembly Bill 405 would establish a “Solar Bill of Rights.”
“This energy efficiency legislation gives low-income and communities of color the promise of lower business and residential energy bills,” said Rudy Zamora, program director of Chispa NV, a Latino organizing program of the League of Conservation Voters. “Energy efficiency means less pollution and cleaner air for Nevadans, it also means the pursuit of a clean-energy economy via green construction projects that offer training and employment opportunities in our communities.”
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