Nevada’s 2021 Renewable Energy Legislation Update

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Nevada Energy 2021 Legislation

The 2021 season has brought with it a host of legislative actions and potential bills. Perhaps the most important bills for Nevada residents, homeowners and business owners focus on energy.

Nevada has determined that greenhouse gases have caused the majority of Nevada’s climate change issues. The Nevada legislature, as a result, has moved legislation forward that relates to reducing these gases. 

Nevada Climate Strategy and Resulting Green Energy Legislation

Governor Sisolak began the Nevada climate strategy in 2020 when he launched the State of Nevada Climate Initiative (NCI). This initiative is a living document that accounts for the evolving climate situation and what Nevadans need to best combat it. 

The NCI serves as the home for all Nevadan climate action. State agencies put together a report of potential paths forward, and it served as the basis for some of the bills considered by the Nevada legislature in 2021. 

This report presented a plan to transition away from natural gas and electrify the transportation sector. However, because the strategy is a living document, it will continue to provide relevant analysis and reports to help inform future legislative action. 

The Climate Initiative Goals

The Climate Initiative strives to increase Nevada’s community resilience to climate change. To reach this objective, the climate initiative has three greenhouse-gas-emission-reduction goals.

The first goal calls for a 28 percent reduction, compared to 2005, in 2025. The second goal then progresses to a 45 percent reduction by 2030. The third goal calls for net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050.

Resulting Climate Action

Since this initiative first started, the Nevada legislature has taken into account its recommendations, and corresponding climate action has resulted. The most recent of these changes includes joining the Under2 Coalition in February of 2021. The Under2 Coalition is a global community of state and regional governments that have committed to help their jurisdictions comply with the Paris Agreement.   

With Nevada’s legislature and governor committed to combating climate change, future and pending climate change measures will most likely pass.

Addressing Climate Change With Greenlink Nevada

The Greenlink Nevada initiative is one example of Nevada moving forward with climate action. In 2020, the Nevada public utility, NV Energy, pushed for an initiative known as Greenlink Nevada.

This initiative combined creating renewable energy infrastructure with high-capacity power lines. These power lines would transfer excess power from the renewable-energy-rich parts of the state to areas that produce less. 

These lines would increase resilience across the state. They also would increase renewable-generated electricity to the growing number of Nevada EV stations.

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Greenlink Nevada’s Current Status

On March 21, 2021, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) approved the Greenlink Nevada initiative. Over $2.5 billion will go towards this project, with around $700 million injected into the economy. Additionally, thousands of skilled jobs will result from this project.

Greenlink Nevada has another benefit beyond economic stimulus in a time of recession. The initiative will also help the state move towards its carbon-neutral goals. 

In 2019, the Climate Reality Project predicted how climate change would impact Nevada. The Greenlink Nevada initiative, alongside a switch to renewable forms of energy like solar, has become key to meeting Nevada’s carbon reduction goals.

Moving Forward With Clean Cars Nevada in 2021

The initiation of Clean Cars Nevada started in June of 2020. However, it continues to impact 2021 as it gathers public opinion and strives to take everything into account in its proposed future clean-car plans.  

These plans should make clean cars more readily available to the public. However, to increase these emissions even further, EV owners should consider the source of electricity that charges their vehicles. 

Nevada homes powered with residential solar have several benefits for EV owners. The ROI of solar lowers electricity bills while decreasing homeowner’s home and vehicle carbon footprint. 

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