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Suite of Legislation Signals Nevada’s Commitment to Clean Energy

Businesses and advocates for Nevada’s clean energy economy applauded the commitment of Gov. Steve Sisolak and the Legislature to advance the clean electric vehicle and renewable energy industries with an unparalleled number of energy related bills passed – in most cases with strong bipartisan support – and signed into law.

The suite of legislation began with Senate Bill 358, strengthening Nevada’s clean-energy standards to require 50 percent clean energy by 2030 with a goal of 100 percent carbon-free energy by 2050. Governor Sisolak signed the bill into law in May.

Gov. Sisolak rounded out the session’s clean energy gains by signing Assembly Bill 483, which will help the state prepare for a future powered by electric vehicles by gathering vehicle mileage to show how much our roadways are being used by electric and other passenger vehicles.

Among the other bills passed and signed into law, AB 377 allows heavy-duty electric trucks to compete with diesel semi-trucks on Nevada’s roads and highways, SB 299 opens up funding for an electric school bus pilot program, and Senate Concurrent Resolution 3 creates a study on the benefits and use of electric vehicles and new ways to fund road and transportation infrastructure.

In a state where more than 32,000 people already work in energy efficiency, clean energy generation and energy storage, this wave of new clean energy policy strategically positions Nevada to continue the development of clean, renewable solar, geothermal and other energy technologies while attracting business investment from major companies.

“AB 483 will help Nevada lawmakers better understand the transportation patterns of Nevada businesses and residents,” said Alli Gold Roberts, senior manager of state policy at Ceres, a nonprofit organization working with investors and companies in Nevada. “We are hopeful this additional data will help Nevada develop smart road maintenance funding policies that also support greater numbers of electric vehicles on Nevada’s roads.”

“Gov Sisolak and Nevada lawmakers are showing the country that smart environmental and economic policies can be non-partisan,” said Susan Nedell, E2’s Western States Advocate. “These new bills will go a long way to reducing emissions from tailpipes and smokestacks – improving air quality for all Nevadans while saving families money on energy and growing the state’s clean energy workforce.”

“AEE applauds Nevada’s thoughtful approach to the changing dynamics of transportation and the mechanisms that fund the state’s infrastructure,” said Ray Fakhoury, Principal with the Advanced Energy Economy. “Now, Nevada can embrace a transportation transformation without discouraging innovation and economic growth.”