Nevada governor brings back New Energy Industry Taskforce

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The task force will offer new recommendations on the best energy policies for Nevada’s future. Image: USFWS Mountain-Prairie / Flickr

Nevada governor Brian Sandoval signed off on an executive order on Tuesday that will reconvene the New Energy Industry Task Force to assist the governor’s Office of Energy on new measures to support the development of renewable energy and distributed energy resources in Nevada.

Sandoval said: “There are few more critical issues to Nevada’s future than clean and renewable energy. Not only does this sector drive many economic development opportunities, but it also helps us improve the quality of life for many Nevadans by helping keep our air clean, water fresh, and allows us to explore our unlimited potential in the wealth of renewables Nevada has to offer.”

The task force will collaborate with the director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy — who serves as the group’s chair and appoints the members — to offer recommendations on the best energy policies for Nevada’s future.

Sandoval added: “Nevada was already well on the road to compliance with proposed federal regulations concerning carbon emission rate reductions. That rule is now under scrutiny by the U.S. Supreme Court. This task force will work with the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection and other stakeholders to determine the best path forward for our state, a uniquely Nevadan solution that balances energy efficiency, economic development, and environmental stewardship.

The Task Force will be making recommendations for the state to consider with regard to future EPA compliance issues, but more importantly to do the right thing for the people of Nevada. I have also asked the director to look into rooftop solar and Nevada’s energy grid so that we are prepared with any necessary legislation in time for the 2017 session of the Nevada Legislature.”

Members of the task force include Angela Dykema — director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy — along with Kathryn Arbeit of First Solar and Jeremy Susac on Sunstreet. 

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