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Nevada's Clean Energy Commitment Continues Despite Supreme Court Decision

Las Vegas, Nevada – February 11, 2016 – On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a temporary stay in the implementation of the Clean Power Plan until the conclusion of pending litigation. While this decision is certainly disappointing, it will not slow down Nevada’s transition from dirty fossil fuels to clean, renewable power. In fact, advocates are confident that the courts will ultimately uphold the final Clean Power Plan and that Governor Brian Sandoval will continue to lead Nevada on its existing clean energy course.

“Nevadans overwhelmingly support a transition to 21st century energy sources which create jobs and diversify our economy, as well as help fight the costly effects of climate change.,” said Jennifer Taylor, executive director of Clean Energy Project. “Nevada was already well on its way to Clean Power Plan compliance with previously implemented forward-thinking bipartisan policies moving Nevada’s energy infrastructure away from dirty technologies and in the process creating a strong clean energy investment and job growth environment.”

While this decision does delay final implementation of the Clean Power Plan, it does not prevent states from continuing their own planning processes and devising state implementation plans. In Nevada, under the leadership of Governor Sandoval, state agencies have already held public meetings and have convened a stakeholder group to help devise a plan that meets the state’s specific needs.

In addition, Governor Sandoval recently stated Nevada will work toward CPP compliance and “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 other words, Nevada was already on a strong path for continued clean energy development, and the Clean Power Plan provides a roadmap and set of goals for the Silver State’s clean energy economy. 

“We stand ready to continue working with Governor Sandoval on developing Nevada’s Clean Power Plan, and encourage him and our state agencies to move forward with the inclusive and deliberative process that’s been established to create our state’s plan,” said Taylor.

“Nevadans are fortunate to have a strong national leader like Governor Brian Sandoval moving the state forward in investing in a clean energy future,” said David Sharp, Director of Business Development for GoSpace, a company that supplies electric vehicle charging equipment.  “Just as we were ahead of the curve when the Clean Power Plan was released, we now have the opportunity to be ahead of the curve when the plan is ultimately upheld by the courts.”

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

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Media Contact: Clinton Pope, 702.480.6616, clinton@cbpstrategies.com

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