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June 26, 2016

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PUC OKs deal aimed at bolstering renewable energy in Las Vegas

The City of Las Vegas is one step closer to being powered 100 percent by renewable energy.

The Public Utilities Commission approved a partnership between Las Vegas and NV Energy that would dedicate a portion of energy produced by a local solar facility to the city. The partnership next must be ratified by the Las Vegas City Council.

The city already produces some power on its own, and it also receives some from NV Energy that satisfies the state's renewable portfolio standard. The energy dedicated from the solar facility, which is under development in Boulder City, would allow the city's retail load to be served solely by renewable energy.

What that means: Every streetlight, city park, community center, fire station, service yard and public building owned by the city would be powered entirely by renewable energy.

"This partnership is a sustainability game changer for our city," Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said in a statement. "One thing that surprises people is how environmentally conscious Las Vegas is when all they know appears to be less than sustainable."

The partnership between the city and NV Energy was announced in November.

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