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Report: Renewable Energy Grows in NV, Nationwide

Nevada has seen the fourth highest rate of solar power growth in the nation over the past decade. (Flickr)
Nevada has seen the fourth highest rate of solar power growth in the nation over the past decade. (Flickr)
July 23, 2018

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Renewable energy has grown significantly in the last decade across the U.S., including in Nevada, according to a new report by Environment America.

The research and advocacy group says the U.S. has increased use of solar and wind power since 2008, and sales of electric vehicles continue to climb.

Americans also are consuming less energy than they did 10 years ago, and using it more efficiently.

Bret Fanshaw with Environment America says all this is in spite of recent federal rollbacks of energy efficiency policies, such as the Trump administration's decision to abandon the Paris Climate Agreement.

"For better or worse, a lot of these policies are generated at the state level,” he points out. “So, a lot of the places and states that have grown renewable energy have policies on the books like renewable energy standards, net metering, energy efficiency standards."

There is also another state level push for renewables underway in Nevada. An initiative that would aim to get 50 percent of the state's energy from renewable sources by 2030 was approved this month to appear on November ballots.

Fanshaw says more and more businesses and individuals in Nevada are already taking advantage of the state's ample sunshine, with a 24-fold increase in solar power since 2008.

"Nevada is starting to lean into its natural resources, and the sun should be powering a really big chunk of the state of Nevada if we're going to meet its renewable energy potential," he states.

The Environment America report says Nevada has also seen an increase in electric vehicle sales, ranking 14th in the nation for registering electric vehicles.

Katherine Davis-Young, Public News Service - NV