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February 19, 2017

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NV Energy flips the switch on 50-megawatt solar plant
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
The Las Vegas Valley has a new source of solar-powered energy to serve the area ...
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Trump's victory creates uncertainty for wind and solar power
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Renewable energy accounts for about 15 percent of the electricity generated in the United States. And 29 states have set targets for …
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Regulators take ‘a first step’ toward restoring rooftop-solar rates
Monday, January 9, 2017
One year after a controversial decision to slash credits for rooftop-solar customers in Nevada (and given a recent shake-up by Gov. Brian Sandoval), utility regulators wanted a course correction. Riffing on the Abraham Lincoln quote that “bad promises are better broken than kept,” they called 2016’s rate structure a “promise better left unkept.” The state’s Public Utilities Commission issued a unanimous decision ...
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California’s energy needs could boost Nevada
Monday, December 26, 2016
As part of a final push for clean energy in the remaining weeks of the Obama administration, the Department of the Interior approved a 728-mile power line Dec. 13 that will move wind energy from Wyoming to Southern Nevada. That wind power, which the federal agency says is enough to supply 1.8 million homes, could then be sold to Western states, especially California. ...
Rooftop solar will make modest comeback in Northern Nevada
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Exactly a year after a controversial rate hike dramatically hampered the number of new rooftop solar installations, Nevada utility regulators voted Thursday to allow about 1,200 ...
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Trump says energy regulations are hurting economic growth. The evidence says otherwise.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Trump and Pruitt seem to believe that because energy is essential for economic development, increasing its production by any means will boost the economy, and that limiting it in any way—as through emission controls—will hurt it. The two are ...
Solar power plant in Nevada commissioned to serve California
Friday, December 9, 2016
Officials have flipped the switch on a $1 billion solar power generation station in the Mojave Desert south of Las Vegas that they say can produce enough electricity to power about 80,000 California homes. Officials with Arizona-based First Solar and Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources said ...
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PUC hearings on Nevada solar could restore net metering rates
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Nearly a year after state regulators decided to increase bills for rooftop solar customers, lawyers for NV Energy and the solar industry remain locked in a technical, often dull, argument about the quality of that new rate structure. In several daylong hearings this week, both sides came back to utility regulators with detailed analyses, dozens of witnesses and hundreds of pages of testimony. Neither side has drawn attention to ...
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Downtown Las Vegas features streetlights powered by footsteps
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Las Vegas is going off the grid. Sort of. Partnering with a New York-based startup, the city announced this week that it completed the installation of four streetlights at Boulder Plaza that operate ...
Company wants to build huge solar array in Nevada desert
Company wants to build huge solar array in Nevada desert
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
A California company says it intends to spend billions of dollars to build the largest solar power plant in the world on a sprawling 25-square-mile plot in the sun-baked Nevada desert about 225 miles northwest of Las Vegas. SolarReserve ...
Lawsuit seeks to quash initiative to end NV Energy monopoly
Friday, October 7, 2016
A lawsuit asks a Carson City court to invalidate the Energy Choice Initiative, a November ballot measure seeking to end NV Energy’s monopoly and create a competitive electricity market. Opponents are not challenging the ...
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5 takeaways: Task force pushes for net metering, energy efficiency, consumer protection
Thursday, October 6, 2016
If recommendations to the Nevada Legislature from energy executives, renewable advocates and policymakers get fully enacted, the state's energy future could significantly change.
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MGM Resorts, Wynn to stop purchasing NV Energy power Saturday
Friday, September 30, 2016
Nobody will flip a switch. Lights are not expected to flutter on the casino floors. Yet 15 Strip properties owned by MGM Resorts International and Wynn Resorts will seamlessly start parting ways with NV Energy’s service at midnight, the culmination of a yearlong effort to purchase power from an alternative provider. Arguing that the move will slash bills and ...
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California eyes unusual power source: its gridlocked roads
Monday, September 26, 2016
All those cars on California's famously gridlocked highways could be doing more than just using energy - they could be producing it ...
Regulators OK grandfathering, resolve major issue in solar debate
Regulators OK grandfathering, resolve major issue in solar debate
Friday, September 16, 2016
Utility regulators OK’d a plan today to allow some 32,000 NV Energy customers who installed or applied for rooftop solar systems before this year to keep old, more favorable rates. The vote marked ...