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August 3, 2015

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Nevada Has the Tools to Meet EPA Power Plant Standards
Locally-Available Resources, Favorable Economics Will Help to Comply with the Clean Power Plan

Las Vegas, Nevada – Nevada can achieve the long-term pollution reductions called for by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan if it focuses on a portfolio of affordable and reliable clean energy technologies in the energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable sectors.

"Today marks a significant milestone on the path to cleaner, more efficient sources of power generation in Nevada using affordable, readily-available technologies,” Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) President Lisa Jacobson stated.

"EPA’s Clean Power Plan provides the essential flexibility needed to ensure successful implementation of the standard. The Plan’s flexibility will allow Nevada to meet their targets with a broad portfolio of affordable and reliable technologies, including an array of energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy solutions.”

A report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), “State Energy Fact Sheet: Nevada,” ranked Nevada third in the US for the percent of its electricity generated by natural gas and seventh in the US for the percent generated by renewables.

BNEF found that 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. BNEF also noted that Nevada doubled its renewable energy generating capacity between 2008 and 2013, to 2.2 GW, driven by new geothermal, solar and wind capacity.

“Boosting energy efficiency represents an important area of opportunity for Nevada and scaling up energy efficiency programs can not only play a critical role in helping the state meet its summer peak demand for electricity…but it can also lay the infrastructure necessary to return to historic levels of annual energy efficiency savings,” Jacobson remarked.

“Nevada is a leader in utility-scale solar energy because of its abundant sunshine, proximity to transmission infrastructure and favorable renewable energy policies,” said Jim Woodruff, Vice President of State and Local Government for First Solar. “First Solar has completed several utility-scale projects in Nevada, including Silver State North, which was the first fully operational solar project on BLM land in the U.S. When complete, First Solar’s 1200 MW Nevada project pipeline will generate 6.8 million work hours and produce enough clean energy to power 450,000 homes.”

“Nevada has a tremendous opportunity to continue and expand its leadership on sustainable energy as it implements EPA’s Clean Power Plan,” said Paul Bertram, Director of Environment, Sustainability and Government Affairs for Kingspan Insulated Panels, which counts Nellis Air Force Base and Dairy Farms of America among its Nevada customers. “Nevada can be a leader on energy efficiency, which offers a low-cost, ready-to-go option for reducing demand for electricity and saving consumers money. We look forward to continuing to grow our work in Nevada as the state works to reduce its pollution even further.”

The Clean Power Plan also offers a great opportunity for constructive partnership and dialogue between state policy-makers and the private sector, with clear opportunities to explore state-specific or multi-state options for compliance. The Business Council for Sustainable Energy and its members are committed to helping Nevada adapt clean energy solutions to its unique circumstances.