Nevada judge won’t rule on sage grouse before Christmas

By Scott Sonner |November 24, 2015 RENO, NEV. — A federal judge in Nevada is postponing a decision on whether to block U.S. regulations protecting the greater sage grouse, partly because she’s not clear if the rules are really to blame for delays in construction of a rural water supply tank near Great Basin National ParkContinue reading “Nevada judge won’t rule on sage grouse before Christmas”

City of Las Vegas plans to go to 100 percent renewable energy

By Kyle Roerink |November 24, 2015 As the sun beat down on a small array of solar panels in front of City Hall today, Mayor Carolyn Goodman announced Las Vegas would be the first city of its size to be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. The city will expand its partnership with NV Energy toContinue reading “City of Las Vegas plans to go to 100 percent renewable energy”

One view: Nevada can’t afford to run public lands

By Tina Nappe |November 17, 2015 Imagine a Truckee Meadows where we now enjoy open space right at our doorstep to hike, bike, walk our dogs and enjoy scenic landscapes, filled with houses (no lawns) rim to rim. Why? Because Congress has transferred our public lands to the state. And the state, in order to pay the costsContinue reading “One view: Nevada can’t afford to run public lands”

Nevada AG Laxalt frozen out of sage grouse lawsuit hearing

By Sandra Cherub |November 16, 2015 CARSON CITY — Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, who ruffled the feathers of Gov. Brian Sandoval when he joined a lawsuit challenging sage grouse protections, won’t be allowed to argue Tuesday when a federal judge considers an injunction to block new public lands regulations, the judge ruled. U.S. District JudgeContinue reading “Nevada AG Laxalt frozen out of sage grouse lawsuit hearing”

Reno neighborhood stung by sage grouse rules

By Scott Sonner |November 16, 2015 One of the first, actual on-the-ground disruptions caused by new U.S. efforts to protect the greater sage grouse isn’t on a cattle ranch in Oregon or an oil field in Colorado. It’s in the backyard of a residential neighborhood in Sun Valley, north of Reno, where plans to acquire federalContinue reading “Reno neighborhood stung by sage grouse rules”

Nevada on track to comply with EPA’s new carbon dioxide regs

By Sean Whaley |November 12, 2015 CARSON CITY — A state official said Thursday that Nevada is “well positioned” to comply with the new carbon dioxide reduction requirements by 2030 recently mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Sig Jaunarajs, an official with the state Division of Environmental Protection, said the goal set for Nevada isContinue reading “Nevada on track to comply with EPA’s new carbon dioxide regs”

Poll shows strong support for existing rooftop-solar program

By Sean Whaley |November 11, 2015 CARSON CITY — A new poll of Nevada residents ahead of next week’s state regulatory hearings on net metering shows strong support for the existing rooftop solar tariff and opposition to NV Energy’s proposal. The poll conducted by Erik Iverson of Portland, Ore.-based Moore Information for the rooftop solar companyContinue reading “Poll shows strong support for existing rooftop-solar program”

State Field Likely Set for Clean Power Plan Legal Fray

By Anthony Adragna |November 10, 2015 Just five states are not currently involved with litigation on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan and at least two of those—Pennsylvania and Nevada—don’t plan to enter the legal fray. Both Pennsylvania and Nevada have concluded developing state implementation plans for implementing the carbon dioxide emissions cuts for existingContinue reading “State Field Likely Set for Clean Power Plan Legal Fray”

Yellow flag on green energy in desert

By Ric Anderson |November 9, 2015 It might seem like environmental groups would be the most enthusiastic supporters that the solar energy industry could have. But if you think environmentalists are taking a full-speed-ahead approach to expansion of the industry, think again. Although they’re by no means opposing efforts to generate more solar energy, they’re urgingContinue reading “Yellow flag on green energy in desert”

As NV Energy plans state’s power future, here’s what you need to know

By Kyle Roerink |November 3, 2015 Next month, regulators will decide on a proposal for how NV Energy will supply customers with power in the future. Known as the integrated resource plan, the power company’s proposal is a pitch made every three years to regulators about the company’s long-term strategy. The state’s energy gurus haveContinue reading “As NV Energy plans state’s power future, here’s what you need to know”