Nevada Division of Environmental Protection Seeks Public Comment on Clean Power Plan
The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) held its first public hearing last Thursday on the development and implementation of the Silver State's Clean Power Plan (CPP).
Clean Energy Project's Executive Director, Jennifer Taylor, testified in support of the CPP.
"Renewable power development is easily one of our state's strongest areas of economic opportunity, as noted in the Governor's list of key industries in the Office of Economic Development," Taylor said. "This sector can, and will, attract even more jobs and investment as we develop and implement Nevada's own Clean Power Plan."
Renewable energy policies like the Clean Power Plan have already proven to be a boon to the Silver State. So far, clean-energy investment policies have a return on investment of more than 10-to-1. Nevada’s renewable and energy-efficiency sector already has seen more than $5.5 billion in investment since 2010, as noted in our white paper published in March 2014. Additionally, the state has nearly 22,000 employed in green jobs, making clean energy one of the fastest growing industries in the state, according to A Renewable America. Nevada also ranks among the top in the nation in nearly every solar job creation, generation and development category.
CEP also advocated for a broad, inclusive public stakeholder process, offering multiple opportunities for every Nevadan to participate. These opportunities would include public meetings in both northern and southern Nevada metro areas, and would be scheduled for evening and weekend sessions for those who can't attend daytime meetings.
During the hearing, Governor Brian Sandoval announced his support for the creation of a Nevada Clean Power Plan.
"In the interest of the state's energy future and ratepayers, I have asked the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection to draft a plan of compliance for the Clean Power Plan rule," Sandoval said in a statement to Bloomberg BNA. "By pursuing this strategy, we will avoid the automatic implementation of a federal plan and provide Nevada with the best opportunity to develop a proposal that will utilize the state's portfolio of clean energy resources."
In addition to testimony, Clean Energy Project submitted the names of more than 190 Nevada businesses and more than 300 individuals who have signed pledges in support of Nevada’s Clean Power Plan.
NDEP will be holding additional public hearings throughout the development phase of Nevada's Clean Power Plan. Now is your chance to have a say in Nevada's clean energy future! For more information on this public stakeholder process, please visit the NDEP website.