This blog post is the second in our “2017 Wrap-Up” series. To read Part 1, click here.
The core of our advocacy efforts begins with engaging like-minded, clean energy supportive businesses. We stepped up our outreach to the business community in 2017, giving presentations and engaging with the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, Las Vegas Greater Association of Realtors, Nevada Green Chamber, Nevada Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, Churchill Economic Development Authority, Asian Community Development Council and many more. To date, we have recruited more than 500 Nevada businesses to support comprehensive clean energy policies in our great state.
We leveraged our Nevada contacts and expertise by partnering with several national groups to convene topical workshops and release reports. With funding from Advanced Energy Economy, CEP brought together businesses and thought leaders for two workshops on energy efficiency and demand side management, with the goal of informing policy makers in Nevada and other states as they implement new energy efficiency standards and programs. Working with the Natural Resources Defense Council, CEP organized electrical contractors, energy auditors, and HVAC professionals in support of AB 223 and SB 150 – two energy efficiency bills passed by the legislature last spring. In October, we released a report with the non-partisan Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) showing that there are over 31,000 clean energy jobs in Nevada, growing 9.5% in just the last year, compared to growth of 3% in non-farm employment in the state.