Nevada legislators introduce 100% carbon-free bill

Nevada legislators introduced a bill on Monday that would double the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 50% by 2030, and require 100% carbon-free emissions by 2050.

SB 358 would ensure all electricity providers are treated the same under the RPS, including electric cooperatives and private energy providers, and clarify that renewables include existing hydropower. NV Energy, the state’s largest utility, told Utility Dive it supports the bill as it aims to add over 1 GW of renewables to its power supply, which will double the state’s renewable energy output by 2023.

During last year’s midterm elections, Nevada voters gave preliminary approval to a ballot initiative with the same goals as SB 358, but under state law the measure would have to be approved by voters again in 2020.

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