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Southwest Gas proposes hiking gas rates across state to pay for infrastructure upgrades, other costs

March 5th, 2020 - 2:00am
The proposed rate increases would mean the average monthly bill for a Southern Nevada single-family residence would go up by an estimated 8.65 percent, or a $3.71 hike in their monthly gas bill. The increase would be less for the company’s Northern Nevada customers, with an estimated 3.19 percent increase or roughly $2.47 increase in monthly gas bills.



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NV Energy to pay North Las Vegas $250,000 a year to remain a customer

February 25th, 2020 - 2:00am
The contract, which was approved without comment as part of the North Las Vegas City Council’s consent agenda during a meeting last Wednesday, is the latest in an ever-growing string of contracts that sees NV Energy give direct cash payments to government entities in return for sticking with the utility as a customer and promising to apply for a future fixed-rate, renewable energy based pricing program.

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NV Energy faces six-figure fine for ignoring energy storage incentive targets

December 18th, 2019 - 2:00am
According to a draft order published on Friday and up for approval at the Public Utility Commission’s Wednesday meeting, the utility essentially ignored a 2017 state law and subsequent commission orders requiring it to put aside $10 million in energy storage investments, instead using the funds to pump up subsidy payments for solar installations. The fine, which will be deposited in the state’s general budgetary fund, is the maximum amount allowed under Nevada law.





Energy | Environment | State Government

Sisolak signs climate change executive order, says state will look at stronger emission standards

November 22nd, 2019 - 1:11pm
The announcement marks a significant shift for an executive branch that was early to embrace renewable energy, but until recently had shied away from making explicit policy statements on an issue that scientists say is playing a role in rising temperatures, more extreme wildfires and increased variability of mountain snowpack, the source of drinking water for most Nevadans.




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NV Energy sends termination notice to massive Tonopah solar project, developer accuses Energy Department of taking over

October 6th, 2019 - 2:00am
NV Energy notified a widely watched solar facility that it was terminating its power contract after it “failed to produce” the required amount of energy, according to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday. The lawsuit paints a stark picture of a 110-megawatt solar facility that has faced several recent management and operational issues. 

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Commissioner seeks sea change in Clark County’s sustainability efforts, calls for climate action plan

September 19th, 2019 - 2:00am
The commissioner’s presentation included a request to hire a full-time sustainability manager whose primary task would be conducting a six-month audit of existing efforts and identify what the county can do to improve its sustainability practices. After the audit, the sustainability manager would be expected to adopt and implement a climate action plan.

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U.S. has record level of solar projects in the pipeline; Nevada solar market has grown 30 percent year-over-year

September 18th, 2019 - 2:00am
A market report released Tuesday by Wood Mackenzie and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) shows that 11.2 gigawatts the U.S. utility solar projects were announced in the first half of 2019, bringing the “pipeline” of future projects to 37.9 gigawatts. Nevada’s solar market has grown 29.9 percent since this time last year and it ranks as the state with the fourth-highest installed solar capacity.

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Commissioner will ask county to step up sustainability efforts

September 16th, 2019 - 2:00am
Commissioner Justin Jones says it’s time for Clark County to tackle climate change. Discussions that will take place at the board meeting on Tuesday will come in light of SB358 which passed in spring and requires the state to reach a 50 percent renewable portfolio standard by 2030.

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The Drew withdraws exit application from NV Energy, latest business to back off departing utility

August 31st, 2019 - 2:00am
In a short, one-page letter submitted to the Public Utilities Commission on Thursday, Two Blackbirds Hospitality Management LLC (parent company of The Drew) announced that it was withdrawing its application to depart NV Energy and purchase electric power from another provider. The $3.1 billion project, which took over from the failed Fontainebleau Las Vegas resort casino, isn’t scheduled to open until 2022.

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