New State Assemblyman Justin Watkins talks climate, energy, and new legislative session

New State Assemblyman Justin Watkins talks climate, energy, and new legislative session From a recent Reno Gazette-Journal article, New State Assemblyman Justin Watkins talked about the upcoming legislative session and the need to reduce Nevada’s carbon footprint. Here is an excerpt from the story. “Assemblyman Justin Watkins, D-Las Vegas, highlighted bill requests that would restore incentives for […]

Mixed reaction to Sandoval threat to sue BLM over wild horses

By Jim Myers | April 27, 2016 WASHINGTON — Gov. Brian Sandoval’s threat to pursue legal options to boost federal funding for managing wild horse populations drew mixed reaction from Nevada’s congressional delegation Wednesday. Reps. Mark Amodei and Joe Heck expressed support Tuesday for the strategy laid out so far by their fellow Republican. “If you […]

Things to know on ballot measure to end NV Energy monopoly

By Michelle Rindels | April 25, 2016 A proposed ballot measure called the Energy Choice Initiative aims to deregulate electrical service in Nevada, opening up the market to providers other than NV Energy — the sole provider in most parts of the state. Here’s how it came about and what it could mean for consumers. (Read […]

This Solar Power Plant Can Run All Night

By Justin Worland | April 21, 2016 Crescent Dunes looks and sounds a bit like an invention lifted from a science fiction novel. Deep in the Nevada desert more than 10,000 mirrors—each the size of a highway billboard—neatly encircle a giant 640-foot tower. It looks like it might be used to communicate with aliens in deep […]

Nevada agrees to Superfund priority status for Anaconda copper mine

By Jason Hidalgo | March 29, 2016 Nevada “cautiously” agreed on Tuesday with efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency to include an abandoned copper mine near the town of Yerington on its priority list of contaminated sites. Gov. Brian Sandoval announced the decision in a letter to the EPA, allowing the agency to include the Anaconda copper mine […]

Rooftop solar fees become dominant issue for Nevada energy task force

By Daniel Rothberg | March 23, 2016 With Gov. Brian Sandoval’s administration eager to move past damaging publicity from a regulatory decision to increase bills for Nevada rooftop solar customers, the possibility of amending that decision was a key issue during an energy task force meeting Tuesday. The task force plans to study the issue as […]

On Tuesday, Nevada can start determining its energy future

Editorial | March 20, 2016 Nevada lawmakers were wondering last month whether to kill Gov. Brian Sandoval’s 5-year-old New Energy Industry Task Force, and we are certainly grateful that his office said, Hey, not so fast. Indeed, as we have editorialized over and over, never has there been a more important time for the governor to […]

LCV Action Fund Endorses Ruben Kihuen for Congress

Press Release | March 10, 2016 WASHINGTON, D.C.—The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, which works to elect candidates who will implement sound environmental policies, announced today its endorsement of State Senator Ruben Kihuen for Congress (NV-4). Kihuen has a strong track record of leadership on environmental issues, including support for advancing the clean energy […]

Clean energy is vital to our state’s success

By Pat Spearman | March 10, 2016 Two things should be crystal clear to Nevada policymakers this year: climate change is real, and climate change represents the single best economic development opportunity for Nevada since we legalized gambling in 1931. That’s why I was so disappointed to see the Nevada attorney general, Adam Laxalt, involve our […]

Net loss: Nevada’s rep continues to take a beating

By Dennis Myers | March 10, 2016 If Nevada officials hoped the national impact of torpedoing the state’s net metering policies would die down, it appears not to be happening. Business and environmental media are folding the Nevada dispute into other stories, and new developments continue to unfold. Some of that coverage has been devastating […]