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Nevada Legislature Puts Silver State on the Path to A Clean Energy Economy

Clean Energy Project Commends Bipartisan Efforts Resulting in Significant Gains

Las Vegas –With a remarkable show of bipartisanship, the Nevada legislature pushed the Silver State toward a clean energy economy with much needed policies that will move the state away from coal, support energy efficiency and clean up the Renewable Portfolio standard.  As the state’s leader in powering the clean energy economy through education and engagement, Clean Energy Project (CEP) commends Nevada legislators for choosing to continue the path of clean energy development.

“We are thankful to see the Nevada Legislature continuing to recognize the importance of developing clean energy alternatives in our state,” says CEP Executive Director, Lydia Ball.  “By investing in Nevada's abundant clean energy resources, our state will avoid the risks of staying in the coal business while creating jobs that will grow our economy.”

During the 2013 Legislative Session legislators continued the path set in 2009 when the state halted three proposed coal fired power plants, by supporting energy efficiency and rooftop solar, cleaning up the Renewable Portfolio Standard and moving away from coal as a resource in Nevada.

CEP particularly commends the decision to modify the Renewable Portfolio Standard.  As the organization’s April study of the issuerevealed that by cleaning up Nevada’s current renewable energy mandate, the state could reap billions of dollars in wages, salaries and economic output over roughly the next 30 years. By closing loopholes in the Nevada's Renewable Portfolio Standard, creating new demand for clean energy and shutting down the polluting Reid Gardner Coal fired power plant Nevada is even closer to being the heartbeat of the clean energy economy.

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. CEP builds on existing successful policies and advocates for continued development of the west's promising clean energy industry. For more information, please visit CleanEnergyProjectNV.org.

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