Unanimous Senate Majority Passes Stronger Clean Energy Standard

Nevada is one step closer to expanding its generation and use of clean energy as a the Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 358, which would boost Nevada’s Renewable Portfolio Standard to 50% by 2030.

SB 358 received support from companies of all sizes doing business in Nevada, both in and outside of the clean energy sector

The bill now goes to the Nevada Assembly’s Committee on Growth and Infrastructure. Introduced by Senator Chris Brooks, SB 358 is expected to also see broad support in the Assembly, and Gov. Steve Sisolak has promised to sign it.

The policy and support for it reflect a vote in November 2018 for Question 6, in which Nevadans voted 59 to 41% to get half of the state’s energy from clean sources by 2030.

Business and community leaders have been among the bill’s proponents.

“The Senate took an important step by passing SB 358. Across Nevada, renewable energy has lowered the state’s carbon emissions, created good jobs and generated new tax revenue for communities. SB 358, which increases the state’s commitment to renewable energy, promises to expand Nevada’s renewable energy industry. Thanks to leadership from Sen. Chris Brooks and his colleagues, Nevada will continue to benefit from the clean energy boom.”said Ben Serrurier, Cypress Creek Renewables.

"SB 358 adds Nevada to the ranks of leading states in the development of abundant clean, low-cost and efficient renewable energy," said Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association. "We’re grateful that Senator Brooks and legislators from both parties support increasing the state’s RPS.”

“We applaud the swift approval of SB358 by the Nevada Senate,” said Anne Kelly, Vice President, Government Relations at Ceres.“The broad show of business support for this legislation makes it clear that strengthening Nevada’s Renewable Portfolio Standard is a smart move for the state’s economy. We look forward to the legislature continuing to move this bill forward and for it to be signed into law.”

 Clean Energy Works for Nevada is a coalition of businesses and advocates who support a strong clean energy economy for the Silver State. We believe smart state policies and investments in clean energy today will mean economic success for our state tomorrow.

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