Nevada bill aims to increase RPS to 40 percent by 2030

By Erin Voegele | June 06, 2017

On June 5, the Nevada Senate voted 12 to nine in favor of legislation that aims to increase the state’s clean energy standard to 40 percent renewables by 2030. The Nevada Assembly passed the bill, AB 206, by a vote of 30 to 12 in late May. The bill will now be considered by Gov. Brian Sandoval.

Nevada’s current portfolio standard (RPS) was first adopted in 1997. According to information published by the Nevada Public Utilities Commission, the program has been modified during nearly every legislative session since.

The current RPS requires 25 percent renewable energy by 2025. At least 5 percent of total renewable energy in the portfolio through 2015 had to be generated by solar facilities, with that requirement ramping up to 6 percent in 2016. The PUC also noted that in 2005, the Nevada legislature determined that energy efficiency measures can be used to comply with up to 25 percent of the annual RPS requirement. Of that 25 percent, 50 percent is required to come from measures installed at residential customer service locations.