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New energy director named
Thursday, September 12, 2013
An executive with a geothermal energy company has been named director of the state Office of Energy by Gov. Brian Sandoval.
Photo: A model of the UNLV Solar Decathlon home is displa
UNLV students' sustainable housing model nearly ready for global competition
Monday, September 2, 2013
After months of battling triple-digit temperatures and severe thunderstorms, UNLV students are nearing completion on a house powered entirely by the sun. Armed with a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and matching funds from NV Energy, UNLV has high hopes of winning Solar Decathlon.
Reid Gardner plant discussion turns to how much consumers should pay
Reid Gardner plant discussion turns to how much consumers should pay
Monday, August 26, 2013
Shutting down the coal-fired Reid Gardner power plant in Southern Nevada and getting additional power sources could cost an estimated $1 billion, according to the state Bureau of Consumer Affairs.
Carbon offsetting for Clean Energy Summit? Uhhh, no
Thursday, August 15, 2013
The attendees at this year’s National Clean Energy summit took many a gas-guzzling plane, cab and SUV to make it to Las Vegas’s Mandalay Bay Resort, where they spent Tuesday comparing notes on the latest commercial technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Sound ironic? Perhaps. But for now, conference organizers suggest, it is just one of the opportunity costs of getting the fledgling clean energy business going.
Photo: Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak, Rep. Joe
Reid's clean energy push boosted with official welcoming of solar panel firm to Las Vegas
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Fresh from his National Clean Energy Summit on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had another green date today, cutting the ribbon to open solar panel developer SolarCity’s new Las Vegas office.
Reid's energy extravaganza also a Democratic fundraising opportunity
Reid's energy extravaganza also a Democratic fundraising opportunity
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
This wasn’t a fundraiser, but it was clear that Democrats at the National Clean Energy Summit at Mandalay Bay could cash in on the plethora of sympathetic supporters there.
Photo: U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz leaves the p
More productive talks, no resolution on planned nuclear waste shipment
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
The nation’s energy chief said Tuesday that the federal government is losing millions of dollars every month because Nevada is resisting a shipment of nuclear waste from Tennessee to Nevada.
FERC chairman: Nevada power customers need to be freed from the utility
FERC chairman: Nevada power customers need to be freed from the utility
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
As the Clean Energy Summit kicks off in Las Vegas today, Reno native Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, discusses renewable energy, the future of electric cars and giving electricity customers more freedom to pursue small-scale energy projects.
Photo: Reid Gardner Station, a coal fired power plant in
Tribe, Sierra Club sue NV Energy to force cleanup around Reid Gardner plant
Thursday, August 8, 2013
The Moapa Band of Paiutes and the Sierra Club contend oil and groundwater contamination at the site exceeds federal standards for toxic pollutants including arsenic, selenium, and manganese.
Photo: UNLV mechanical engineering grad student Jinger Ze
UNLV students brave heat, delays in contest to build solar-powered home
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
For the past year and a half, about 80 UNLV students from various disciplines and levels have been designing Desert Sol, UNLV's answer to the Energy Department's challenge to build a house powered entirely by the sun. Now, the students are busy bringing their blueprints to life.
Mischievous cat knocks out power for 11,000 in Henderson
Mischievous cat knocks out power for 11,000 in Henderson
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
About 11,000 NV Energy customers lost power early Wednesday due to an outage centered near Windmill Parkway and Valle Verde Drive. The outage was caused by a cat that got into a substation and somehow damaged the equipment.
Sandoval pushes Department of Energy for meeting on nuclear waste
Monday, July 15, 2013
Gov. Brian Sandoval gave the U.S. Department of Energy a rhetorical nudge today, reminding Secretary Ernest Moniz that he’d sent him a letter June 20 requesting a meeting and hasn’t yet received a reply.
Searchlight wind project headed for regulatory approval
Saturday, July 6, 2013
A large wind energy project near Searchlight that would cost an estimated $500 million is headed for approval by the state Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday.
Photo: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks du
Mandalay Bay announces plan to build country's 2nd largest rooftop solar array
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
MGM Resorts International announced today it intends to blanket the rooftop of one of its Strip properties with tens of thousands of solar panels. The solar array atop Mandalay Bay Resort’s convention center would be the country’s second largest rooftop solar project if completed on schedule in early 2014.
Photo: Nevada Power's Reid Gardner coal-fired plant is sh
The anatomy of a legislative power play: How NV Energy will exit coal and make money doing it
Sunday, June 30, 2013
How Nevada's new state law mandating NV Energy exit the coal business came to being illustrates how money, business interests and the right friends will dictate energy cost and policy for every Nevadan for the next decade. And U.S. Sen. Harry Reid and state Sen. Kelvin Atkinson led the charge.

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