The Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy released its annual State of Energy Report on Friday. Pursuant to Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) Section 701.160, the GOE is accountable for its purposes, activities and coordination as part of its mission to ensure the wise development of Nevada’s energy resources.
In addition to highlighting the work of the GOE program, the report provides an overview of significant state and federal policy changes to Nevada’s renewable energy, energy efficiency and transportation electron landscape in 2021.
“As Nevada continues to make progress toward our emissions reduction goals, I am so grateful to Director Bobzien and his team for all of their hard work in advancing renewable energy and transportation electrification initiatives,” said said Governor Steve Sisolak.
Pursuant to Governor Steve Sisolak’s Executive Order on Climate Change (2019), the GOE has been tasked with coordinating with the Nevada Department of Natural Resources Conservation (DCNR) an economy-wide climate strategy aimed at reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and the GOE program areas of transport electrification and renewable energy are an ongoing primary focus to achieve these goals.
“Because transportation and power generation are the two largest contributors to Nevada’s GHG emissions, the GOE’s program work in 2021 underscored our focus on transportation electrification and achieving the standard of Renewable Energy Portfolio (RPS) required by state law,” Director Bobzien said. “While electricity generated from renewable resources currently accounts for approximately 25% of the state’s electricity, we continue to work with the Nevada Public Utilities Commission, utility providers, the energy industry renewables and conservation organizations to ensure Nevada meets our 50% clean energy goal by 2030.
Additional highlights from the 2021 State of Energy Report:
– Nevada continued to lead the discussion on a western regional electricity market through several regional working groups and the formation of a regional transmission coordination working group, thanks to the Senate Bill (SB) 448.
– In early 2021, the GOE submitted an intervention to the California Public Utilities Commission that led the neighboring state to procure clean energy resources from southern Nevada to support transportation development and job creation in the two states.
– Nevada is expected to achieve 50% of electricity generated by renewable energy sources by 2030, as required by the RPS of Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) Chapter 704.7821. Through the Renewable Energy Tax Abatement (RETA) program alone, 1,332 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy capacity has been added in Nevada, for a total of 6,117.2 MW.
– The GOE awarded $200,000 to the Walker River Paiute Tribe to fund geothermal exploration on their tribal lands, and an additional $250,000 award to the Moapa Band of Paiutes is pending review by the U.S. Department of energy (DOE) for their dedicated transmission line.
Nevada adopted the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code on July 28 with an optional amendment on electric vehicle readiness, paving the way for local jurisdictions to follow suit, as required by NRS 701.220.
The GOE provided approximately $582,000 to eligible Nevada seniors for energy efficiency upgrades through its Home Energy Retrofit Opportunity for Seniors (HEROS) program, in partnership with the Nevada Housing Division.
About the Office of the Governor of Energy
The Governor’s Office of Energy (GOE) oversees energy programs required by law and those that help fulfill the office’s mission, which is to ensure the wise development of Nevada’s energy resources in harmony with the economic needs of the local community and the natural resources of Nevada.