Nevada Conservation League Applauds Bill to Support Clean Energy Jobs and to Reach Climate Goals
LAS VEGAS – Today, Senator Chris Brooks revealed Senate Bill (SB) 448 to support a clean energy economy in Nevada. This bill goes a long way to create new jobs and address the climate crisis while putting the state on a path to reach greenhouse gas emission reduction goals as laid out by the Nevada Climate Initiative.
SB 448 strengthens Nevada’s transmission network, increases availability of electric vehicle charging stations, directs 40 percent of transportation electrification investments to underserved communities, among other things. The bill also requires Nevada’s electric utility to double investments in the energy efficiency program targeted to low-income Nevadans.
“To respond to the climate crisis and reach Nevada’s goal of net-zero emissions by 2050, we must accelerate our transition to clean energy,” said Nevada Conservation League Executive Director Paul Selberg. “SB 448 lays out a bold plan for this transition and will deploy more clean energy to power our homes, vehicles, and businesses and fuel our economic recovery. We are glad to see that the energy efficiency and electric vehicle charging in the bill prioritizes historically underserved communities who have borne the brunt of the climate crisis.”
Polling data shows that a majority of Nevada voters support a shift to clean energy. New data released today by Data for Progress and the League of Conservation Voters demonstrates that 77 percent of Nevada voters favor the historic investments in climate, clean energy, good-paying union jobs and justice outlined in President Biden’s American Jobs Plan.
In a February poll released by the Nevada Conservation League Education Fund, results found that 73 percent of Nevada voters favor “a plan to require Nevada utilities to get 100% of their electricity from clean energy like solar by the year 2040.” When asked about a range of energy sources, 77 percent of Nevada voters said that the state should be using more solar energy, compared to 26 percent who say the same about methane (also known as “natural”) gas.