What can Southern Nevada do about its water problem?

By Sun Staff | January 25, 2016 The water level in Lake Mead has dropped to historic lows, forcing the construction of a third straw at the bottom of Las Vegas’ reservoir. Gov. Brian Sandoval’s panel of experts issued a report that recommended more aggressive water-saving plans. If you follow the headlines, it looks as ifContinue reading “What can Southern Nevada do about its water problem?”

2015 Was Hottest Year in Historical Record, Scientists Say

By Justin Gillis | January 20, 2016 Scientists reported Wednesday that 2015 was the hottest year in the historical record by far, breaking a mark set only the year before — a burst of heat that has continued into the new year and is roiling weather patterns all over the world. In the contiguous United States,Continue reading “2015 Was Hottest Year in Historical Record, Scientists Say”

Nevada ranching family loses federal lands court case

By Sean Whaley | January 18, 2016 CARSON CITY — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the federal government in a long-running dispute with the late Nevada rancher Wayne Hage, remanding the case to a new federal judge because of apparent bias on the part of U.S. District JudgeContinue reading “Nevada ranching family loses federal lands court case”

Tension between ranchers and federal officials is dangerously high in Nevada

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske | January 14, 2016 Gerald “Jerry” Smith grew up in Nevada and went to work for the Bureau of Land Management right after college. As a local, he figured he was uniquely suited to work with the ranchers who have long resented the federal government’s role in land management here. It didn’t quiteContinue reading “Tension between ranchers and federal officials is dangerously high in Nevada”

Nevada’s New Solar Fees Have People Furious

By Katie Fehrenbacher |January 14, 2016 “Don’t tax the sun!” chants a crowd of hundreds of people gathered outside of a non-descript office building in Las Vegas on Wednesday. One person holds up a neon yellow sign that reads: “Sandoval stole my sunshine,” a reference to the state’s Governor. Another reads: “Solar lives matter.” TheContinue reading “Nevada’s New Solar Fees Have People Furious”

Solar Customers Anxiously Await PUC Review Of New Rates

By Julia Ritchey |January 13, 2016 Last month the PUC gave NV Energy the OK to raise rates for existing solar customers. That includes Reno City Councilwoman Naomi Duerr, who invested $50,000 to install 36 solar panels on her home five years ago. “So you have $50,000 and you’re saying, ‘What can I do toContinue reading “Solar Customers Anxiously Await PUC Review Of New Rates”

Utility regulators reject call to delay new rooftop-solar rates

By Sean Whaley |January 13, 2016 CARSON CITY — State utility regulators on Wednesday rejected a call to stay new rooftop-solar rates for net metering customers despite a daylong hearing that saw dozens of homeowners ask for a delay while the Dec. 22 decision is reconsidered. The Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously to reject a delay inContinue reading “Utility regulators reject call to delay new rooftop-solar rates”

Transmission line expansion called ‘game changer’ for clean energy in Nevada

By Sean Whaley |January 12, 2016 CARSON CITY — A transmission line that is expected to significantly increase Nevada’s ability to export clean energy will soon be under construction in Clark County. The One Nevada Transmission Line, which recently connected the state’s northern and southern power grids, is being expanded between the Harry Allen generating stationContinue reading “Transmission line expansion called ‘game changer’ for clean energy in Nevada”

NV Energy, PUC price solar energy beyond residents’ reach

By Judy Treichel |January 12, 2016 During the 30 years I have fought efforts to bring the nation’s highly radioactive waste to Nevada’s Yucca Mountain, nuclear power supporters would ask, “So how do you think the lights will stay on without nuclear power?” My answer was, “In Nevada we have enough sunlight and solar power potentialContinue reading “NV Energy, PUC price solar energy beyond residents’ reach”

Nevada’s Solar Power Fees Draw Ire of Silicon Valley Investors

By Chris Martin |January 12, 2016 A group of 18 venture capital investors are pressuring Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval to reverse new fees on solar homes that state utility regulators made effective on Jan. 1. Keeping the charges in place will quickly curtail development of solar energy in the state and threaten future investment, the investors,Continue reading “Nevada’s Solar Power Fees Draw Ire of Silicon Valley Investors”