Western Resource Advocates today noted that NV Energy’s plans to add 1,190 megawatts of new solar generation and 590 megawatts of battery storage by 2025 will create significant progress in helping Nevada reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and achieve a greater percentage of renewable electricity generation, in line with state laws passed this year.
“NV Energy’s plans to add 1,190 megawatts of new solar generation plus additional battery storage capacity will help achieve significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in Nevada during the next five years,” said Cameron Dyer, Western Resource Advocates’ Clean Energy Program attorney in Nevada. “This important addition of renewable electricity generation puts NV Energy on the path to meeting the governor and Legislature’s ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, renewable resources continue to be the least expensive forms of electricity generation. This increase in solar capacity will save customers money while also creating new clean energy jobs in Nevada.”
The new solar plus storage additions are part of NV Energy’s Third Integrated Resource Plan amendment that was approved today by the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada. The solar additions will come through three new facilities in Nevada: the Gemini, Moapa, and Southern Bighorn projects.
With the additions, NV Energy’s renewable energy generation will increase to 40 percent of its generation resources by 2025, more than double its current renewable generation. Over the same time, carbon dioxide emissions from NV Energy will be reduced by more than 25 percent, from 12.01 million metric tons in 2019 to 8.46 million metric tons in 2025.
NV Energy’s solar plus storage additions follow the state Legislature’s passage earlier this year of Senate Bill 358, which created a Renewable Portfolio Standard that calls for Nevada’s electricity providers to meet at least 50 percent of customers’ energy needs with clean renewable resources – including wind, solar, and geothermal – by 2030, with a goal of producing 100 percent of Nevada’s energy from zero-carbon-dioxide energy sources by 2050. Lawmakers also approved Senate Bill 254, which requires the state to develop ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in alignment with the Paris Agreement’s long-term goal to limit global temperature increases to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak last month signed an executive order calling for state agencies to develop policy recommendations for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and submit a climate strategy report to his office by Dec. 1, 2020. Earlier this year, he announced Nevada was joining the U.S. Climate Alliance, a group of states committed to reducing carbon pollution by 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, in line with scientific consensus on the steps needed to avoid the worst effects of climate change.