by James DeHaven, Reno Gazette Journal
Conservationists and clean energy advocates celebrated Monday as Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a bill to more than double the amount of renewable energy currently provided by Nevada’s electric companies.
Senate Bill 358 was fast-tracked through the Democrat-dominated Legislature on Friday as an “emergency measure,” allowing Sisolak to sign it on Earth Day.
The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Chris Brooks, D-Las Vegas, requires state electric producers to buy or generate 50 percent of their power from solar, wind and other renewable power sources by 2030. It goes on to set a goal of zero carbon emissions from energy producers by 2050.
Only about 20 percent of electricity now generated in Nevada comes from renewables. A legislative effort aimed at bumping that total to 40 percent was vetoed last year by Gov. Brian Sandoval, inspiring a popular, billionaire-backed ballot measure that aimed to boost the state’s reliance on clean energy.