Interwest Energy Alliance Endorses 50% Renewable Energy Goal in Nevada

For Immediate Release

June 5, 2018

Contact: Kyle Roerink

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Las Vegas — Today Nevadans for a Clean Energy Future announced the endorsement of Interwest Energy Alliance, a non-profit trade association that represents the nation’s leading renewable energy companies and prioritizes policies that harness the West’s abundant clean energy resources in Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming.

Interwest Energy Alliance joins Nevadans for a Clean Energy Future and a coalition of local community leaders who are working to advance a ballot initiative to guarantee that at least 50% of Nevada’s electricity comes from renewables by 2030.

Interwest championed legislation that was vetoed in the 2017 Legislative session to increase Nevada’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, the state’s required percentage of electricity that comes from clean sources. Today Interwest reaffirms its commitment to Nevada’s future by fighting to pass the ballot initiative.

 “By voting to support the RPS ballot initiative, Nevadans can grow clean energy jobs and keep renewable energy investment flowing to the state,” said Sarah Cottrell Propst, executive director of the Interwest Energy Alliance. “Interwest supports the RPS ballot initiative because it charts a clear renewable energy future for Nevada.”

“Interwest knows that it is time for Nevada to stop spending $700 million annually on out-of-state fossil fuels that power our grid,” said Katie Robbins, campaign manager of Nevadans for a Clean Energy Future. “We are grateful for Interwest’s long-term commitment to cutting power bills and emissions in the state. Nevada’s RPS, which was formerly one of the best in the nation, no longer ranks in the top-10. Together we will work to make sure that states like New Jersey and Maine do not outshine us any longer.”

BACKGROUND ON THE BALLOT INITIATIVE:  

Nevadans for a Clean Energy Future is working to ensure that at least 50% of our power comes from renewables by 2030 — regardless of what company is providing power in the state. Right now only 18 percent of the state’s electricity comes from renewable sources. A 50% RPS by 2030 is an attainable and realistic goal for one of the sunniest states in the nation. The effort is supported by community leaders, businesses, and advocates. For more information on the campaign visit our website and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.