Renewable energy sources directly impact our health, economy and environment, and provide natural resource stewardship for future generations. Renewable energy also plays a large role in job creation and workforce development, energy preparedness and safety, innovation and entrepreneurship, all necessary for Nevada to be economically competitive.
The Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) set by Nevada lawmakers starting 1997, has been fully supported by NV Energy (previously Sierra Pacific Resources) as responsible and sustainable energy strategy for the state. Prior to the 2019 legislative session, Nevada’s RPS required NV Energy to supply at least 25% of retail energy sales from renewable sources by 2025; up to 25% could come from energy efficiency/conservation and a minimum of 6% must come from solar sources. NV Energy surpassed the RPS standard in northern Nevada in 2008, but missed the mark in southern Nevada due to renewal project delays, cancellations or renewable energy under-production. The RPS standard has been met in northern Nevada every year since.
The 2019 legislature approved new standards for state electric producers to buy or generate 50% of their power from solar, wind and other renewable power sources by 2030, and set a goal of zero carbon emissions from energy producers by 2050. This followed the 2018 general election, when voters approved increasing the RPS standard to 50% by 2025, but voters needed to approve the measure a second time in the 2020 election before the new standard becomes law.
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