Clean Energy Project, Nevada businesses commend Governor Sandoval, Energy Task Force for clean energy, economic development leadership
Governor Brian Sandoval and his New Energy Industry Task Force recommend policies, which will improve clean energy production and attract clean energy interested companies to the state.
Las Vegas, Nevada – July 29, 2015 – Clean Energy Project and its business supporters commend the thoughtful leadership of both Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and his appointed New Energy Industry Task Force and thank them for their efforts and service. The Task Force recommended a number of clean energy policies for consideration and passage by the Nevada State Legislature including grandfathering net-metered solar customers, fossil fuel electricity generation limits, and the expansion of financing programs for residential and business clean energy projects. Throughout the process, Clean Energy Project and its business advocates stressed the need for the state to reflect the core values of businesses interested in investing in Nevada, most notably their commitment to clean energy.
“Governor Sandoval’s leadership on clean energy is visionary,” said Jennifer Taylor, Executive Director of Clean Energy Project. “Through his and Task Force chair Angela Dykema’s direction, Nevadans will have increased access to abundant, low-cost clean energy options while further developing our growing, nation-leading clean energy economy. It is important that our state implements innovative policies that reflect the evolving business environment placing a priority on sustainability and clean energy usage.”
Throughout the Task Force’s deliberation process, a number of Nevada businesses spoke in support of Nevada aggressively pursuing renewable energy development and consumption policies to not only make Nevada a clean energy leader but also to attract like-minded companies and industries. Leaders of these businesses see a tremendous opportunity to grow the already strong clean energy economy that has already attracted more than $5.5 billion in large-scale clean energy investment and thousands of high-paying jobs and companies such as Tesla, Faraday Future and Switch Communications to locate or expand in Nevada.
“I’m a proud Nevadan, and I’m glad Governor Sandoval and his Task Force realize the business environment is evolving quickly,” said Quentin Abramo, owner of Faciliteq and Co-Operate On commercial properties. “Through these and other future policy recommendations, Nevada will remain on the forefront of clean energy economic development and clean energy-interested industries such as Google, Apple and Tesla.”
“After the lack of clean energy policy movement in 2015, I am happy to see the Governor take an active role in setting a comprehensive, intelligent clean energy agenda,” said Josh Molina, owner of Makers & Finders, a local coffee shop and restaurant. “Increasing reliance on homegrown, renewable energy not only helps grow new and existing businesses but allows Nevada dollars stay in state.”
“Reforming net-metered energy production is imperative as much of Nevada’s past clean energy economic growth was tied to the roof-top solar industry,” said Christian Iusso, Principal at Make Studios. “Implementing grandfathering of existing customers is a logical, good first step in remedying the Public Utilities Commission’s decision this past winter.”
The New Energy Industry Task Force Recommendations that will be introduced as bills by Governor Sandoval and his office of energy include:
· Expanding clean energy consumer financing improvement options by enacting legislation for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing to enable local governments to offer low-cost financing options for energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements on private property.
· Strengthening clean energy utility planning by broadening stakeholder participation in energy planning and prioritizing Nevada’s economic and environmental benefits through portfolio diversity, reducing fuel-prices and pricing carbon all of which could help spur clean and renewable energy development through the integrated resource plan (IRP) process.
· Grandfathering net metering for existing solar customers who had installed or applied for a solar energy system before the end of 2015 into the previous net metering tariff for 20 years, providing an important consumer protection for those prior investments.
The New Energy Industry Task Force on Wednesday also recommended legislation that would impose fossil fuel electricity importation and generation limits. Specifically, the Task Force recommended a bill that would result in curtailment of the use of imported fossil fuels for an increase of power generation from clean energy sources to 50 percent by 2040 for most Nevada utilities.
About Clean Energy Project
Clean Energy Project, Inc. (CEP) is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to powering the clean energy economy through education and engagement with policy leaders, community leaders and citizens on the economic benefits of fully developing a clean energy economy. For more information, please visit CleanEnergyProjectNV.org.
Jennifer Taylor, Executive Director
Clean Energy Project