Nevada’s Gubernatorial Candidates see Opportunity in Clean Energy Economy

NV gubernatorial candidate Chris Giunchigliani meets with clean energy industry leaders.

Last week, the Clean Energy Project, in conjunction with Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), hosted a series of roundtable discussions with Nevada’s gubernatorial candidates, Chris Giunchigliani, Steve Sisolak, and a representative from Adam Laxalt’s campaign. These meetings provided an opportunity for each campaign to engage with multiple representatives from clean energy industries and gain beneficial knowledge about the possibilities for Nevada’s energy future. All three guests were keen to hear the importance of clean energy to the state and were very receptive to the economic messages delivered by roundtable participants.

As one industry representative mentioned, renewable energy projects can potentially create six-figure tax revenue for communities and the state that can be reinvested in the state’s economy and infrastructure. Additionally, the renewable energy industry has succeeded in galvanizing job growth, with companies such as Borrego Solar and First Solar respectively creating around 7,000 and 2,600 jobs from previous projects.

NV gubernatorial candidate Steve Sisolak talks clean energy job growth with industry leaders.

The meetings included multi-faceted discussions of clean energy projects in Nevada. The participants reviewed policy priorities to address potential barriers to clean energy growth, including land use planning and the need to address regulatory structures to take advantage of emerging technologies. The group expressed overwhelming support for instituting more accessible career paths and apprenticeship opportunities for local workers. Several of the companies, including First Solar and Recurrent Energy, already have previous success in setting up training programs.

The group meetings were provided an educational venue for the gubernatorial candidates regarding the economic potential of clean energy. The industry participants described Nevada’s business climate as very positive towards renewable energy development, while voicing support for additional policies to reward and incentivize energy efficiency.

CEP and AEE will continue our gubernatorial education project through the rest of the year.  As the campaigns move past the primaries and into the general election, we will develop a clean energy policy platform and bring more business to the table to educate Nevada’s next governor. Stay tuned!

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