(March 8, 2017) Today Robert Johnston, Senior Staff Attorney for Western Resource Advocates will be testifying before the Nevada State Assembly Committee on Commerce and Labor’s Subcommittee on Energy on AB 206 upon adjournment in Room 401. AB 206, sponsored by Assemblyman Chris Brooks and others, will create more clean renewable solar and geothermal power by expanding the states renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 50% by 2030, and setting a goal of achieving 80% by 2040.

Robert Johnston made the following statement before the hearing:

“A.B. 206 commits Nevada to a steady and sustained transition away from our over-reliance on natural gas plants, and towards a greater use of renewable resources for generation of our power. With Nevada’s strong solar and geothermal resources, achieving the 50% standard by 2030 should not be a heavy lift for us, and will provide substantial benefits to Nevadans.  As we have already shown in this state, building new renewable projects drives economic development and new clean energy jobs. It also reduces our exposure to higher electricity prices driven by increases in the price of natural gas. Nevada’s steady transition to renewable energy will also ensure that we stay on the path of reducing our carbon emissions from power generation. For all these reasons, we are supporting A.B. 206.”

Nevada’s current RPS requires the state’s major electric utility to produce 25% of its energy from renewables by 2025.  However, the current RPS is not achieving the clean energy vision voters want for Nevada only producing 14% of power from renewable energy. Ten years ago Nevada was a leader in advancing clean renewable energy power, but in 2017, it has been passed by 10 other states.

If passed the legislation would:

  • Reduce Nevada’s greenhouse gas emissions by 3.1 million tons per year by 2030
  • Produce an additional 7,500,000 MWh of renewable energy per year by 2030
  • Reduce exposure to volatile natural gas prices by reducing natural gas generation from 64% of total electricity produced to 41% by 2030.
  • Provide reliable, consistent and affordable clean power to Nevadans for generations

 

For a one page factsheet on AB 206 link here.

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