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BCSE In Action

IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 24, 2015

Contact: Laura Tierney
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Nevada is Well Positioned to Meet EPA Power Plant Standards

Las Vegas, Nevada – The state of 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 energy sectors.

“EPA’s Clean Power Plan provides the essential flexibility to states needed to ensure successful implementation of the standard. This 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,” commented BCSE President Lisa Jacobson.

As the National Clean Energy Summit opens today in Las Vegas, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) brings attention to the findings of the recently updated Nevada State Energy Factsheet, prepared in partnership with Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The Factsheet 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 exceed both rate and 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.

BCSE will be distributing the Nevada State Energy Factsheet at the National Clean Energy Summit. BCSE members Alstom, First Solar, and Pacific Gas & Electric are all featured speakers at the Summit.

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