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Reid correct about renewable energy

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Nevada is home to tremendous untapped clean energy potential, as Sen. Harry Reid eloquently described in his recent address to the Nevada Legislature. The sensible reforms to the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard that he outlined should be implemented without delay.

Nevada’s Renewable Portfolio Standard should chart a course toward additional solar, geothermal and wind investments while closing loopholes such as credits for an out-of-state hydroelectric project built more than a century ago.

While some sectors of the economy have slumped, renewable energy has provided jobs and tax revenues. The world’s largest solar power tower project is being constructed in Nevada, and the state is a leader in deployment of geothermal energy.

Last summer, Nevada’s first utility-scale wind project went online near Ely; 152 megawatts will generate more than $20 million in tax revenue for White Pine County and the state’s Renewable Energy Fund over the next 20 years.

The renewable energy industry wants to bring more projects and jobs to Nevada, and Reid’s plan could help keep this important economic sector thriving for years to come. The Legislature should lead the way.

The author is the executive director of the Interwest Energy Alliance, an industry trade association that represents renewable energy companies in the West, including Nevada.

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  1. Proponents of renewable energy suffer from holier than thou syndrome. A decade ago a British engineer designed a bagless vacuum. He and those that bragged about it said that it would redefine the vacuum industry and make paper bags obsolete and a thing of the past. Guess what? They were wrong. There is a place for renewable energy but not at the exclusion and obsolesence of conventional energy sources. The two should and will coexist. One no better than the other except in the eyes of the beholders. Most of whom have a vested interest, like the British engineer and his fans, to push and promote their own agenda.


  2. From where I stand, Nevada has done a poor job getting green energy implemented in the state. Next to nothing is being done to educate young people about possible careers in that industry. Very little is being done to promote it, and that may be the way it goes, given the stranglehold and monopoly NV Energy has on our power and its rates.

    Nevada is a state with plenty of sunshine, wind, and geothermal energy, yet it is barely being tapped. Any new technology is expensive, but with time and fine tuning, it will become less expensive. For the sake of our planet, young people, and future, we must get with the program and utilize renewable energy.

    Blessings and Peace,

  3. Reid the Red being right? What a concept! The guy is a loose cannon and makes the dumbest assertions one can imagine yet, I have to admit, even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

  4. I started driving in the early 1970s when gas was about $.30 a gallon. Today it's nearly 15 times that. In a few decades from now when gas is $60 a gallon people are going to have clean renewable energy attached to their rear ends. I can't imagine too many people pulling into a gas station in paying close to $1500 to fill their pickup trucks full of gas.

  5. Not only do we hand out free gold to big mining companies but Barrick is based in Toronto. Nevadans can't even dig their own holes in the ground.
    The only reason we have to borrow money from China is because there's over 140 million Americans lined up for government assistance. They don't want to pay for it through higher taxes. We want everything but don't want to pay for anything so the Chinese fill the gap.

  6. We rely very heavily on crude because it's relatively cheap compared to the renewables. Crude is cheap because of the financial crisis that hit years ago. In 2008 crude was approaching $150 a barrel. The financial crisis knocked nearly $100 off that price. At $91 a barrel today we are still way off the top set in 2008.

    Had it not been for the financial crisis we would probably be paying between six dollars and eight dollars a gallon for gas today and renewables would be a much more important topic for discussion. Give it a while longer.

  7. 2011 54% of the vacuum cleaners sold in the US were bagless [source, Consumer Reports, Industry Association] so your comparison might not be apt.

  8. The attitude expressed by rusty57 (5:19 a.m.), SgtRock (12:30 P,M.), and their ilk is all too common. The gist of their argument is "Why pay to develop the (currently) expensive alternatives when the (currently) cheap traditional sources are so plentiful?"

    I've seen a wide variety of comments about how much more of the cheap traditional fuels remain in the ground: how long until the wells actually go dry. I have heard NO ONE argue that those traditional fuels are unlimited - that the wells will NEVER go dry.

    I haven't seen a reference to "Solyndra" yet. Good. That project just proved that the venture capitalists are correct - it's possible to make a whole bunch of money backing a new idea - but you're going to lose a fair amount in the process. Yes, there WILL be mistakes and poor decisions, but the only people who never make those are people who do no work to begin with. The productive people are those who make mistakes, identify them, learn from them, and move on.

    Is it better to spend money now to develop alternatives? Or is it better to hold off until the very last well goes dry - and then try to find, and pay for, some type of replacement?

  9. " 2011 54% of the vacuum cleaners sold in the US were bagless [source, Consumer Reports, Industry Association] so your comparison might not be apt." Pat Hayes

    Proves my point. Paper bagged vacuums are still made and sold in huge numbers. Look at the November 2012 edition of Consumer Reports which is the yearly version that rates and ranks vacuums. Note that CR divides the tests and ratings among both bagged and bagless vacuums equally. If you follow CR for vacuums, it's commentary warns that people with health issues related to breathing should avoid bagless vacuums due to the nasty dirt they spew into the air when dumping the dirt bins.
    ;-) That's a fail safe mechanism to guarantee paper bagged vacuums in the industry.


  10. For Commenter Joe Lamy: Please consider writing coursework/curriculum for young people to promote green energy careers. These young people are our country's future, and the sooner we get them engaged and thinking about applying the technologies of solar, wind, geothermal, natural gas, and other green energy venues, the more savings we all will realize in lowering the costs of "mining" green energy, manufacturing the soft and hard ware for it, and having energy efficient devices in our homes, businesses, and infrastructure. Every school in our country should be pushing green power generation and create "the green power generation"!

    Retooling Americans is nothing new. Racing to the moon led to our country changing the educational system to create more scientists and engineers, and look at today and all the inventions we have had in the last 60 years! That alone, should be argument enough why we MUST invest, retool Americans, and prepare for the future.

    History tells us, that with every great invention, plenty of mistakes were made along the way. As the sayings goes, "You have to break a few eggs to make an omlet." The smart thing to do is LEARN from those mistakes, and cease from making that same mistake over and over again (a definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results).

    The space race is a fine example to justify expense. Just think about it.

    Blessings and Peace,

  11. The President's nominee for Energy Secretary is an "all the above" proponent. Including fracking. As a physicist and politician, Earnest Moniz is a very strong candidate for the job and likely to get the nod from both sides of the aisle.


  12. "And he may approve that dirty oil pipeline from
    Canada." Teamster

    He will finally after 4 years of rolling over for the Hollywood green power celebrities.

    Why? Not because we need the oil. You said that yourself on many occasions here when you supported the President's lame decision to nix the pipeline. J-O-B-S! 16,000 direct hires with more downstream.

    Alberta tar sands are the third largest oil reserve in the world. Canada is one of the America's best and most loyal allies. The partnership is a win win.


  13. Teamster: You know well that former Energy Secretary Chu who never owned and used a POV was bent on letting gas prices rise to $8 a gallon just like Europe. And he and his lackies, with President's Obama's blessing, declared war on coal. That's not all the above. Fortuntely "fracking" fracked him [Chu] and natural gas prices dipped precipitously and the US is now the Saudi Arabia of that energy resource. Not to mention more US J-O-B-S!


  14. "A 'teamster' against building a pipeline? Back to the rubber room!" Rusty57

    Obviously Teamster's blind loyalty to the President trumps his loyalty to his union brotherhood. Every major labor union in the US has, was, and is for the Keystone Pipeline. Not this Teamster. James Riddle Hoffa is rolling over in his grave, wherever he may be, and that's hard for 37 year old dust to do.


  15. But then let's remember it was the two good Democrat Kennedy brothers that put Hoffa in jail and the evil Republican President Nixon who pardoned Hoffa and got him out.