In preparation for its Day at the Legislature on April 25, USGBC Nevada has laid out its policy priorities for the 79th Session, and your help is needed. The most urgent issues are utility incentives for improved energy efficiency, financing programs for energy efficiency and renewable energy and revisions to the Energy Efficiency Resource Standard.
- Utility incentives for improved energy efficiency: USGBC Nevada supports the adoption of incentives for increased levels of energy efficiency achieved by utilities, as proposed by SB 150. This bill will instruct the Public Utility Commission of Nevada to establish goals for energy savings through 2025 and to establish performance-based incentives for utilities who meet or exceed annual goals for energy savings.
- Energy efficiency and renewable energy financing programs: USGBC Nevada backs financing programs that encourage energy efficiency and renewable energy. AB 5, legislation that enables Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) statewide, and SB 145, a bill to establish a green bank in Nevada, would be instrumental in providing opportunities for energy-minded Nevadans.
- Revisions to the Renewable Portfolio Standard and Energy Efficiency Resource Standard: USGBC Nevada supports revisions to the Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS). AB 206 would incrementally increase the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to 50 percent by 2040, and would require the State Energy Plan to be updated at least once every two years.
What you can do
USGBC Nevada will be in Carson City to meet with legislators on these issues and more on April 25, and we are seeking USGBC members, industry leaders and volunteers to join us.
Whether or not you can be present at our Day at the Legislature, we encourage you to use the Nevada Legislature Opinion Feature. As an individual, you can submit your comments at any time. Please share your opinion on the bills above, as well as your support for LEED and green buildings, with your state lawmakers. By making your voice heard, our representatives in the Capitol will be empowered to act in support of critical mechanisms for energy efficiency, renewable energy and green buildings.
In addition to the Day at the Legislature, you are invited to two upcoming stakeholder meetings being held by the governor’s Office of Energy to discuss proposed changes to the Green Building Tax Abatement Program:
- April 20 in Las Vegas, from 1–4 p.m. at The Innevation Center
- May 2 in Carson City, from 1–4 p.m. at the Governor’s Office of Energy
To attend either of these meetings, please contact Robin Isaacs or call 775.687.1850. Call-in information for these meetings may be available.
To join USGBC Nevada on Advocacy Day or to advocate for green buildings in Nevada in general, please email us for more information.