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BCSE In Action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 12, 2015

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Clean Power Plan Can Be Economic Driver for Nevada
The State is Well-Positioned to Meet EPA Power Plant Standards

Carson City, Nevada - The Clean Power Plan can be an economic driver for the state of Nevada if it develops a state plan that focuses on the portfolio of affordable and reliable clean energy technologies in the energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy sectors. This is the message the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) is delivering at today's public stakeholder workshop hosted by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP).

"According to a study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance and the BCSE, expansion of renewable energy, natural gas and additional opportunities in energy efficiency, along with the flexibility to develop its own pollution reduction plan, puts Nevada well on the path to reducing the state's greenhouse gas emissions," commented BCSE President Lisa Jacobson.

"The release of the final Clean Power Plan marks a significant milestone on the path to cleaner, more efficient sources of power generation in Nevada. Using affordable and readily-available technologies will bring vital economic development and well-paying jobs to the state," Jacobson affirmed.

BCSE recommends that Nevada develop its own state plan so that the state may best leverage its unique energy mix to meet its emissions target. In order to achieve this, it will be important for Nevada to continue holding stakeholder outreach workshops in various cities across the state in order to engage a variety of stakeholders throughout the state.

The Nevada State Energy Factsheet, prepared in partnership with Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) outlines Nevada's final and interim emissions reduction goals under the Clean Power Plan - and shows that Nevada's coal-fired power plant retirements and investment in renewable energy currently place the state in a position to meet its mass based reduction requirements by 2030. The state is helped by policies already in place, such as the goal of 25% of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025.

Other Factsheet findings include:

  • Natural gas plays a major role in Nevada's electricity generation mix, has generated roughly 2/3 of the state's energy every year since 2008, and accounted for 70% of all generating capacity in the state in 2013.
  • Nevada doubled its renewable energy generating capacity between 2008 and 2013, to 2.2 GW, driven by new geothermal, solar and wind capacity.
  • While Nevada's annual energy efficiency savings and spending have slowed in recent years, the state's utilities are piloting technology-enabled demand-side management programs (e.g. NV Energy's recent partnerships with EcoFactor and BuildingIQ focused on residential and commercial demand response, respectively). Scaling up such programs can not only play a critical role in helping the state meet its summer peak demand for electricity through demand response (especially as coal-fired capacity comes offline), but it can also lay the infrastructure necessary to return to historical levels of annual energy efficiency savings.

Please see the BCSE Clean Power Plan stakeholder comments here.

Download the full press release.