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 is expected to be achieved because of several recent actions, including the passage of Senate Bill 123 in 2013 that requires NV Energy to close its Reid Gardner coal-fired power plant by 2017. Three of the four units closed at the end of 2014. Coal has more than twice the carbon dioxide emissions than natural gas.

Also helping is Nevada’s renewable portfolio standard, he said.

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