Nevada business leaders ask lawmakers to increase RPS to 50% by 2030

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% by 2030.

A 50% RPS is critical for Nevada to meet the Alliance’s goals. More importantly, it also 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.

“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, VP 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.”

News item from Clean Energy Works for Nevada

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