Nevadans are one signature away from a new, stronger standard for clean energy generation and use as the state’s Assembly unanimously passed Senate Bill 358, legislation that would reaffirm last year’s popular vote to support clean energy investment and job creation.
A broad coalition of business and community leaders have been supporting SB 358, which would boost the Renewable Portfolio Standard of clean energy created and used in the state from 25% in 2025 to 50% by 2030. The bill was introduced by Sen. Chris Brooks and reflects a vote in November 2018 in which Nevadans voted 59 to 41% to strengthen the clean energy standard.
SB 358 passed the Nevada Senate unanimously on Monday and today passed the Assembly 40 to 0 after receiving unanimous support in the Assembly Growth and Infrastructure Committee yesterday. Gov. Steve Sisolak is expected to sign SB 358 on Monday, April 22.
“We applaud the Nevada Assembly for swiftly moving to approve a stronger RPS.” said Anne Kelly, vice president of government relations at Ceres. “Passing with unanimous support demonstrates that Nevada lawmakers recognize the significant economic benefits renewable energy provides the state. The passage of this legislation will spur investment and ensure the state’s leadership in the fast-growing clean energy economy.
“Policy matters. Increasing the state’s renewable standard means increasing clean energy jobs and investment in Nevada,” said Susan Nedell, E2’s Mountain West Advocate. “This is good news for the state’s 32,000 clean energy workers – and for the future of clean energy jobs across the state.”
“Today’s vote for a 50% Renewable Portfolio Standard sends a strong signal to clean energy innovators across the country: Nevada is open for business. Smart state policies led rooftop solar to grow by 450% in 2018,” said Alex McDonough, Vice President Public Policy at Sunrun. “This renewed leadership will help ensure the Silver State continues to enjoy the clean air and good jobs that the growth of clean energy brings to all Nevadans.”
Nevada is one step closer to expanding its generation and use of clean energy as a the Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 358, which would boost Nevada’s Renewable Portfolio Standard to 50% by 2030.
SB 358 received support from companies of all sizes doing business in Nevada, both in and outside of the clean energy sector
The bill now goes to the Nevada Assembly’s Committee on Growth and Infrastructure. Introduced by Senator Chris Brooks, SB 358 is expected to also see broad support in the Assembly, and Gov. Steve Sisolak has promised to sign it.
The policy and support for it reflect a vote in November 2018 for Question 6, in which Nevadans voted 59 to 41% to get half of the state’s energy from clean sources by 2030.
Business and community leaders have been among the bill’s proponents.
“The Senate took an important step by passing SB 358. Across Nevada, renewable energy has lowered the state’s carbon emissions, created good jobs and generated new tax revenue for communities. SB 358, which increases the state’s commitment to renewable energy, promises to expand Nevada’s renewable energy industry. Thanks to leadership from Sen. Chris Brooks and his colleagues, Nevada will continue to benefit from the clean energy boom.” said Ben Serrurier, Cypress Creek Renewables.
“SB 358 adds Nevada to the ranks of leading states in the development of abundant clean, low-cost and efficient renewable energy,” said Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association. “We’re grateful that Senator Brooks and legislators from both parties support increasing the state’s RPS.”
“We applaud the swift approval of SB358 by the Nevada Senate,” said Anne Kelly, Vice President, Government Relations at Ceres. “The broad show of business support for this legislation makes it clear that strengthening Nevada’s Renewable Portfolio Standard is a smart move for the state’s economy. We look forward to the legislature continuing to move this bill forward and for it to be signed into law.”
Business leaders across Nevada hailed passage of a strengthened clean energy standard by a unanimous, bipartisan vote of the Nevada Senate Growth and Infrastructure Committee, saying it puts the state on a path towards greater investment and job creation.
Earlier this week, Senate Bill 358, which would increase Nevada’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) from 25% in 2025 to 50% by 2030, received backing from businesses large and small. This significant increase of Nevada’s RPS – the first increase since 2009 – will accelerate economic growth and investment opportunities in cost-effective clean energy resources throughout the state. Following a work session today, the committee advanced the bill to the full Senate, where it is again expected to gain bipartisan support.
Business and community leaders affirm that the measure will help Nevada maintain its national leadership in clean energy and energy efficiency investment and job growth.
The bill, introduced by Senator Chris Brooks, has broad support in both chambers of the Legislature, and Gov. Steve Sisolak has promised to sign it.
“We are encouraged by the passage of SB358 and all the thoughtful leadership undertaken by Senator Brooks and the members of the Senate Growth and Infrastructure Committee,” said Ray Fakhoury, Principal at the Advanced Energy Economy. “We now call on the full Senate to follow suit and pass SB358, bringing this vital legislation one step closer to becoming law.”
“We applaud the swift approval of SB358 by the Nevada Senate Growth and Infrastructure Committee,” said Anne Kelly, Vice President, Government Relations at Ceres. “The broad show of business support for this legislation makes it clear that strengthening Nevada’s Renewable Portfolio Standard is a smart move for the state’s economy. We look forward to the legislature continuing to move this bill forward and for it to be signed into law.”
Business leaders are urging the Nevada State Senate to move quickly to approve an increase in the standard for clean energy produced and used in the state. In letters submitted to the committee and in testimony at today’s hearing, leaders from across the state praised legislation introduced by Senator Chris Brooks that would strengthen the existing Renewable Portfolio Standard from 25% clean energy sources by the year 2025 to 50% by the year 2030.
Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce, Ann Silver, Chief Executive Officer:
“Businesses are looking for ways to use energy that is efficient, cheaper, and cleaner. Deriving half of our energy from renewable resources will help reduce power bills and reduce costs across the marketplace. We strongly support raising the standard to 50% by 2030 and look forward to working with you to finalize and implement this important policy.”
Ceres & Affiliated Businesses: Ben & Jerry’s; Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican; eBay, Inc.; Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows; Unilever:
“Given its substantial in-state resources, Nevada has a unique opportunity to support economic development and reduce reliance on imported energy. A strong RPS will attract new investment, encourage innovation, save homeowners and businesses money on their energy bills, and promote environmental sustainability that will benefit all Nevadans.”
Latin Chamber of Commerce Nevada, Peter Guzman, President and CEO:
“Increasing Nevada’s share of clean energy is a smart and important move. Voters have asked for this. Our largest utility, NV Energy, has already said this is possible. Our Governor is in support of building a clean energy economy. Let’s continue Nevada’s leadership in clean energy by increasing our renewable energy standard.”
Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce, Will Chernock, Executive Director:
“The Carson Valley Chamber believes the long term benefits of setting a strong RPS will better prepare us for the future and lead to cost-savings for consumers and businesses alike. We urge you to move forward with your plans to increase Nevada’s Renewable Portfolio Standard by 50% by 2030.”
Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, Katie Ryan, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy:
“Transitioning to clean renewable energy across the state will lead to immediate health benefits for our fellow citizens through fewer hospital admissions and asthma attacks, along with increased work days and school attendance. A strong RPS will attract new investment and accelerate the development of local clean energy projects that will generate cost savings and jobs in the Nevada’s fast-growing clean energy economy.”
Advanced Energy Economy & Affiliated Businesses: Tesla, Inc., Coronal Energy, BYD, Siemens, Digital Grid, Proterra, and Cypress Creek Renewables:
“The economic benefits of increasing the state’s RPS expand beyond direct investments and job creation. Forward thinking policies encourage the diversification of Nevada’s energy investments, which protects all Nevadans from volatile and fluctuating energy prices, and strengthens the state’s regional competitiveness to attract new businesses to the Silver State. At a time when neighboring states are enacting ambitious goals, SB358 ensures Nevada’s position as an advanced energy leader.”
Solar Energy Industries Association, Sara Birmingham, Senior Director, State Affairs:
“Renewable energy brings tremendous value to Nevada, including energy independence, improved energy security, reduced fuel transportation costs, comprehensive environmental benefits, and local jobs with living wages. These jobs include system design, engineering, permitting, project development, construction, supply and distribution, marketing, energy analysis, and maintenance. Nevada has an opportunity to be a big, bold leader in the renewable energy space, and SB358 is just the kind of legislation to establish Nevada as a national leader.”
Interwest Energy Alliance:
“A stronger RPS will create thousands of good jobs, generate billions of dollars in economic activity, continue to diversify Nevada’s economy, and attract innovation and investment. A strong renewable portfolio standard lowers costs, and provides stable energy prices for residential, commercial and industrial electricity consumers, helping them to achieve their renewable energy goals and mandates. Removing fuel price volatility can enable businesses to plan over the longer term, reducing overhead costs, creating an attractive business environment in Nevada.”
E2, Susan Nedell, Mountain States Advocate:
“SB358 is a forward-looking, cost-effective policy that would provide valuable job and economic development benefits for Nevada. Equally important, the RPS would reduce pollution, resulting in public health and environmental benefits. In 2018, Nevada’s voters made their opinion clear: they want more clean energy by 2030. We urge the Legislature to strengthen Nevada’s RPS and support SB358.”
Great Basin Solar Coalition & Affiliated Businesses: Sol-Up, 1 Sun Solar, Robco Electric, Great Basin Solar:
“Consumers are eager to tap into local solar power, and they want even more of it. That’s why Ballot Question 6 passed with overwhelming support last year and what we hear frequently from our customers. People want affordable, clean energy, and solar can deliver. By raising the Renewable Portfolio Standard, Nevada would continue boosting the clean energy industry that brings jobs to our state while giving consumers what they want. We support SB358 to power our state with 50% renewable energy and urge you to make this bill a law.
Businesses and organizations committed to advancing Nevada’s clean energy economy applaud the introduction of SB 358 by Senator Chris Brooks, which will raise the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard to 50 percent by 2030. They encourage the Legislature to move quickly to pass the legislation, which Governor Sisolak has indicated he will sign.
Senate Bill 358 will fulfill the demands of Nevada voters who overwhelmingly supported a 50% RPS with Question 6 in November 2018. To take effect it must pass again in 2020, but Senator Brooks’s legislation would immediately begin implementing the new standard.
“Clean energy jobs are growing faster per capita in Nevada than anywhere else in the country,” said Ray Fakhoury, Principal with the Advanced Energy Economy. “While the clean energy industry employs more than 25,000 Nevadans, SB 358 would provide an economic jolt to the burgeoning industry. These types of forwarding thinking policies from Senator Brooks help strengthen Nevada’s regional competitiveness while benefiting businesses and consumers throughout the state.”
“Strengthening the state’s RPS will help to attract new investment, encourage innovation, and ensure that the state’s vibrant and robust clean energy economy continues to grow,” said Anne Kelly, vice president of government relations at Ceres. “We look forward to working with Governor Sisolak and the Legislature to pass SB 358 into law.”
“SB 358 adds Nevada to the ranks of leading states in the development of abundant clean, low-cost and efficient renewable energy,” said Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association. “We’re grateful that Governor Sisolak and legislators from both parties support increasing the state’s RPS, and urge them to act quickly.”
Legislators should act quickly to raise the state Renewable Portfolio Standard
Businesses and organizations advancing our state’s clean energy economy applaud Governor Steve Sisolak following his announcement today that Nevada 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 will send a strong signal to businesses across the country that the Silver State supports clean energy and homegrown jobs.
Now, these businesses 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 percent by 2030.
A 50% RPS is critical for Nevada to meet the Alliance’s goals. More importantly, it also fulfills our voters’ desires, a majority of whom supported this policy by passing Question 6 in November 2018, to have our 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.
“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.”
“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 nonprofit 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.”
Passage of Question 6 will double the amount of renewable energy generated and used in Nevada
Hundreds of thousands of Nevada voters made their voices heard at the ballot box, passing Question 6 and calling for a stronger economy fueled by clean energy. By putting the state on track to use 50 percent renewable energy by the year 2030, Question 6 will generate hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity and create thousands of new Nevada jobs.
Question 3, a separate ballot question seeking to change the retail electricity market, was ultimately unsuccessful. The measure was the subject of fierce debate about its impacts on electricity rates and the adoption of clean energy.
Independently, a broad coalition of supporters argued that Question 6 was the only way to guarantee that Nevada would get more of its power from renewable sources like solar. With this victory, it is clearer than ever that consumers are demanding more affordable clean energy.
“The momentum behind Nevada’s clean energy economy remains strong,” said Sarah Cottrell Propst, the Executive Director of Interwest Energy Alliance, a non-profit trade association that represents the nation’s leading companies in the renewable energy industry. “The passage of Question 6 will spur investment and advance the state’s leadership in one of the nation’s fastest growing industries.”
“Investment in renewable energy is an investment in the long term health of Nevada’s economy. A robust RPS promises to expand Nevada’s economic development and diversify its energy supply,” said Alli Gold Roberts, senior manager of state policy with Ceres, a sustainability nonprofit organization working with influential investors and companies . “Major companies are investing in Nevada because of its rich renewable resources and the state is now poised to continue to attract corporate renewable energy investment.”
“Clean energy is putting Nevadan’s to work, with more than 25,000 strong employed in 2017. By increasing the state’s renewable standard, Nevada has set itself up to continue reaping the economic benefits for years to come,” said Ray Fakhoury, State Policy Manager with the Advanced Energy Economy, a national group of businesses that seek to reduce market barriers to advanced energy investments. “Investing in clean energy resources helps diversify the state’s energy mix, protecting consumers from future energy price volatility.”
To become law, Nevada’s voters will have to pass the initiative again in 2020, but Fakhoury believes consumers will see benefits sooner than that. “Passing with wide support, the Legislature and Governor-elect should move forward in the upcoming legislative session to enact this landmark increase.”
Clean Energy Works for Nevada, a coalition of businesses and advocates, launched this week in support of a strong clean energy economy. In “Powering Nevada: How Declining Costs Are Powering Our Clean Energy Economy,” the group notes that Nevada solar is some of the cheapest energy in the nation right now. And as the price of solar, wind and other renewables has fallen, their share of the energy mix has increased, producing jobs and economic development for the state and savings for consumers.
Today, there are more than 25,000 people working in clean energy and efficiency jobs in Nevada, which leads the country in per capita solar energy production. Outside the energy sector, businesses small and large are using clean energy and efficiency to lower their electric bills and deliver on commitments to social responsibility. The members of Clean Energy Works for Nevada say developing the state’s abundant natural resources will take Nevada’s clean energy economy to the next level.
“We are already seeing the power of clean energy at work in Nevada. Businesses like Apple and MGM are leading the way, powering their facilities with money-saving clean energy and meeting customer demand for sustainability at the same time,” said Yvette M. Sanchez, owner of J&Y Construction & Property Preservation. “But smart state policies are the key to unlocking that potential for every Nevada business and family, and ensuring access to affordable, clean, and reliable renewable power.”
“Forward-thinking policies, like Nevada’s renewable portfolio standard, have been the driving force for technological innovation and economic development, helping make solar the cheapest electricity option in many parts of the U.S., but we have to maintain that momentum,” said Sean Gallagher, VP of State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association. “It’s critical for the clean energy industry to work together with other Nevada businesses, advocates and policymakers so the economic benefits that clean energy provides both companies and consumers can be fully realized.”Powering Nevada notes that corporate renewable energy purchases announced in the last few months alone have broken record low prices for solar energy – not just in Nevada, but in the country.
The report also finds that the falling price of solar, including the photovoltaic panels typically used in rooftop installations, has driven investment and jobs in the state.
“Prices for solar PV have fallen 77 percent since 2009 alone, leading to booming investments by families, private companies, and utilities alike,” said Louise Helton, President of Las Vegas’s 1 Sun Solar. “That translates directly to economic growth for Nevada and to savings for consumers and corporations who bet on solar power. We need to make sure state policies don’t get in the way of those smart investments, but rather pave the way for an even stronger clean energy economy tomorrow.”