December 2, 2021
Carson City, Nevada — Western Resource Advocates today commented on Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s announcement of a state Regional Transmission Coordination Task Force to fulfill the requirement set in Senate Bill 448 that was signed into law earlier this year. State Sen. Chris Brooks will be the task force’s chairman, and Cameron Dyer, managing senior staff attorney for Western Resource Advocates in Nevada, has been selected as the environmental representative.
“With this task force, Nevada is taking an important step toward establishing a pathway to fulfill the requirement set earlier this year in Senate Bill 448 that transmission providers in Nevada join a regional transmission organization,” said Cameron Dyer, Western Resource Advocates’ managing senior staff attorney in Nevada and the task force’s environmental representative. “Nevada’s participation in the development of a Western regional transmission organization will help our state tackle climate change by realizing the greater efficiencies of regional utility collaboration and improved access to clean energy resources.”
“We hope this Nevada task force captures the ideal conditions and requirements for a future regional transmission organization that will represent the changing economics, resource mix, and decarbonization trends of the West,” said Vijay Satyal, Western Resource Advocates’ regional energy markets manager. “A recent State-Led Market Study found that consolidating utility operations under one market operator to manage transmission and coordinate generation planning could save Western electricity customers more than $2 billion per year while increasing reliability and supporting renewable energy development across the region. The state task force’s work on a Western regional transmission organization will help Nevada reap the economic, environmental, and reliability benefits of regionalization.”