Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced that the state would join the U.S. Climate Alliance, a coalition of state governors pledging to reduce carbon emissions and support clean, renewable energy growth throughout the country.
This commitment sends a strong signal to businesses across the country that the Silver State supports clean energy and homegrown jobs, according to Clean Energy Works for Nevada (CEW4NV). CEW4NV is a coalition of businesses and advocates who support a strong clean energy economy for the Silver State.
“Today, Governor Sisolak sent a clear signal that Nevada is open for business. We are encouraged by the path that the Governor is laying out for the state,” said Ray Fakhoury, Principal at the Advanced Energy Economy. “The Governor reaffirmed his commitment to clean energy throughout his campaign. Now, we look forward to working with the Legislature to develop proper policy signals that align with the Governors’ vision and deliver on his commitments.”
Clean-energy advocates in the state are working to encourage lawmakers in Carson City to continue building upon the Governor’s action and increase the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to 50% by 2030. A 50% RPS is critical for Nevada to meet the Alliance’s goals. More importantly, it fulfills voters’ desires, a majority of whom supported this policy by passing Question 6 in November 2018, to have the state powered by clean, secure, and affordable energy.
Legislators in both parties support raising the RPS, and Governor Sisolak has promised to sign such a bill.
“We applaud Governor Sisolak for taking this important step forward on Nevada’s path to a low-carbon future,” said Anne Kelly, vice president of government relations at Ceres, a sustainability non-profit organization working with influential investors and companies in Nevada. “Governor Sisolak has made it clear he understands the business case for clean energy. We look forward to working with him to advance stronger climate and clean energy policies — which we know are crucial to attracting investments and helping companies meet their clean energy and financial goals.”