Interwest Energy Alliance Urges Nevada Lawmakers to Support the Clean Energy Economy

A stronger renewable portfolio standard is good for Nevada jobs, communities and environment

For information: Phoebe Sweet at (202) 256-3041
For immediate release: May 17, 2017

Clean energy advocates today applauded Nevada legislators who passed a key bill from the Assembly Commerce and Labor Committee, sending Assembly Bill 206 to the chamber for a floor vote in the coming days.

The Interwest Energy Alliance, a nonprofit trade association that brings the nation’s renewable energy industry together with the West’s advocacy community to expand deployment of a reliable, cost-effective, and diverse portfolio of renewable energy resources, joined with other clean energy advocates to thank the committee’s nonpartisan majority for the vote.

The bill would adopt a stronger clean energy standard in Nevada, which has abundant solar and geothermal renewable energy resources. More than 20,000 people work in the state’s clean energy economy, and companies are investing billions to locate manufacturing and technology centers to be close to that clean energy. Nevada was one of the first states to adopt a renewable energy standard, but at just 25 percent clean energy by 2025, it is falling behind other states, including neighboring California.

“Improving Nevada’s renewable energy standard will send a clear market signal that Nevada is open for business to clean energy investment and jobs,” said Sarah Cottrell Propst, executive director of Interwest Energy Alliance. “We applaud today’s forward progress on AB 206 and encourage its passage without delay.”

Interwest Energy Alliance is currently running a 30-second television spot broadcasting in Reno/Carson City, Las Vegas, and on cable and online across Nevada. The ad references some of the biggest issues affecting Nevada’s clean energy economy, and urges viewers to contact their legislators in support of a stronger renewable energy standard.

“Last year, Nevada was one of the only states to lose solar jobs, but it’s a new day for clean energy in Nevada… Solar, wind, and geothermal keep power bills stable, provide jobs, and protect our outdoors—from Tahoe to Red Rock,” the narrator says. “Tell Carson City to vote for a stronger renewable energy standard.”

Watch the ad here:


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