Today, four clean energy advocacy groups, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, Western Resource Advocates, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Sierra Club, lauded the results of two energy-related measures on the Nevada ballot.
Voters’ approval of Question 6, (A "yes" vote supported this initiative to require electric utilities to acquire 50 percent of their electricity from renewable resources by 2030) will generate hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity and create thousands of new Nevada jobs.
Voters rejection of Question 3 (A "no" vote opposed this constitutional amendment to: require the state legislature to pass laws to establish “an open, competitive retail electric energy market,” prohibit the state from granting electrical-generation monopolies, and protect “against service disconnections and unfair practices" and declare that persons, businesses, and political subdivisions have a “right to choose the provider of its electric utility service” and cannot be forced to purchase electricity from one provider) which confirms that Nevadans where concerned about the disruption it would cause to the state's clean energy progress and they prefer cleaner air and a strong clean energy economy.
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Howard Geller, SWEEP’s executive director, issued the following statement related to Question 3:
“The defeat of Question 3 will facilitate the continuation of NV Energy’s energy efficiency programs, which have helped households and businesses cut their utility bills by hundreds of millions of dollars.”
Other clean energy groups also commented on the passage of Question 6. Nevada has long been a leader in the necessary transition to renewable energy to power its economy. Question 6 will ramp up the state’s renewable portfolio standard to 50 percent by 2030. The measure will spur additional investments and innovation in Nevada’s clean energy economy—which employs more than 25,000 Nevadans—while significantly reducing harmful carbon pollution. Voters must approve the initiative again in 2020 to take effect.
Robert Johnston, Western Resource Advocates’ senior staff attorney in Nevada, issued the following statement:
“Carbon emissions from burning coal and natural gas to generate electricity are a major contributor to climate change. By approving Question 6, Nevada voters have recognized that Nevada can be a national leader in the transition away from these carbon-emitting fuels and towards renewable energy to power our economy. With our first-class solar and geothermal resources, Nevada is well-positioned to meet a 50 percent renewable target by 2030. We look forward to supporting the state’s transition to more clean energy production, which will provide tremendous economic and health benefits to Nevadans.”
Dylan Sullivan, Natural Resources Defense Council’s Climate & Clean Energy Program senior scientist, issued the following statement:
“This election, Nevadans made it clear that they want their state, one of the sunniest in the country, to take advantage of this abundant resource and make tangible progress toward developing renewable energy. The state’s elected leadership needs to put their call into action and make implementing Question 6 a priority for this session.”
Elspeth DiMarzio, Sierra Club’s Nevada Beyond Coal Campaign representative, issued the following statement:
“Nevadans voted for more clean energy because they know it means less pollution in our air and water, new economic opportunity, and low cost electricity for families and businesses. This election positioned Nevada to be a clean energy leader, but there is still more work ahead as we continue to push for 100 percent clean energy.”
In Nevada, proposals that would change the state constitution are required to pass in two successive even-numbered election years in order to be adopted.
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