Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and the legislature have passed, and signed into law, an unparalleled number of clean-energy bills — and in most cases with strong bipartisan support.
The suite of legislation began with Senate Bill 358, strengthening Nevada’s clean-energy standards to require 50% clean energy by 2030 with a goal of 100% carbon-free energy by 2050. Gov. Sisolak signed the bill into law in May.
Additionally, Assembly Bill 483 was signed, which will help the state prepare for a future powered by electric vehicles by gathering vehicle mileage to show how much our roadways are being used by electric and other passenger vehicles.
“Gov. Sisolak and Nevada lawmakers are showing the country that smart environmental and economic policies can be non-partisan,” said Susan Nedell, E2’s Western States Advocate. “These new bills will go a long way to reducing emissions from tailpipes and smokestacks – improving air quality for all Nevadans while saving families money on energy and growing the state’s clean energy workforce.”
Other notable clean-energy achievements in Nevada include:
- AB 377 allows heavy-duty electric trucks to compete with diesel semi-trucks on Nevada’s roads and highways
- SB 299 opens up funding for an electric school bus pilot program
- Senate Concurrent Resolution 3 also creates a study on the benefits and use of electric vehicles and new ways to fund road and transportation infrastructure.
“AEE applauds Nevada’s thoughtful approach to the changing dynamics of transportation and the mechanisms that fund the state’s infrastructure,” said Ray Fakhoury, Principal with the Advanced Energy Economy. “Now, Nevada can embrace a transportation transformation without discouraging innovation and economic growth.”
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