The potential destruction of ice age fossils in a Southern Nevada national monument by a proposed energy transmission line is due to a decade-old mapping error, according to federal employees, but at least one government accountability group isn’t buying it.
With nearly 100 solar plant applications pending in Nevada, conservationists worry there isn’t an updated management plan specifically guiding utility-scale solar development in the Silver State.
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NV Energy is seeking a stronger legislative mandate and a message from the Legislature to state regulators to make it clear that closing that open market position is a priority. Sanchez said that could even include raising the Renewable Portfolio Standard.
NV Energy’s planned multibillion-dollar transmission line connecting wide swaths of the state has turned into a regulatory battle between the state electric utility and a watchdog agency over the potential and timing of future rate hikes for customers already grappling with rising power bills.
The U.S. Department of the Interior proposed a new rule last week that would give conservation priorities equal weight in public land use decision-making — a change experts say constitutes one of the most significant land management policy moves in decades.
Unlike previous elections in which NV Energy was the dominant political fundraising force among energy companies in the state, the 2022 cycle saw Southwest Gas emerge as the industry’s top legislative contributor, giving more than $196,000 to NV Energy’s nearly $185,000.
He spent the bulk of his career — 15 years — in wind energy, followed by five years in solar and the past five and a half years in natural gas, which, he said, opened the door for him to build relationships in all levels of government in Nevada.
In a shift of state policy, Gov. Joe Lombardo released an executive order Monday announcing that his administration supports natural gas as part of the state’s energy mix and will review the climate strategy developed under Gov. Steve Sisolak's administration.
Climate action is a significant concern for younger Nevadans — 50 percent of people ages 18 to 34 think the state isn’t doing enough on the issue. By comparison, just 34 percent of people 65 and older think the state isn’t doing enough.