The Nevada legislature may have adjourned until 2019, but the recent legislative session saw the successful passage of several of USGBC Nevada’s priority bills. Thanks to a successful day of visiting state legislators in April and the continued support of our local community, USGBC Nevada helped to secure support for each of these bills, which collectively support the market expansion of renewable energy and energy efficiency:
- AB 5, a PACE financing bill, which provides for the creation of local improvement districts that include an energy efficiency improvement project or a renewable energy project, was signed by the governor on June 1.
- AB 405, a bill that reinstates the economic value to net metering in Nevada and establishes a renewable energy bill of rights for all customers, was signed by the governor on June 15.
- SB 407, a bill that establishes the Nevada Clean Energy Fund to provide funding for qualified clean energy projects, was signed by the governor June 15.
- SB 150, a bill that requires regulated utilities to set annual goals for energy savings resulting from energy efficiency programs, was signed by the governor June 15.
USGBC Nevada appreciates the local support we saw in pushing these critical bills forward into law. By contacting your local legislators, you solidified the important of clean energy, energy efficiency and sustainability in Nevada. We hope to continually advance our message and mission, which is the business case for a more sustainable and resilient built environment.
Unfortunately, not all of our priority bills were enacted this past session. Here is an update on bills that were not approved this session, but which we will continue to promote:
- SB 392, a bill that would have augmented the state’s existing solar energy systems incentive program, was vetoed by the governor on June 16.
- AB 206, a bill that would have increased the renewable portfolio standard (RPS), was vetoed by the governor on June 16.
- AB 270, a bill that would have brought back retail rates for rooftop solar installations, died in committee following multiple hearings. However many of its provisions were ultimately included in AB 405, which was signed by the governor on June 15.
Thanks to our strong Nevada community, we helped advance renewable energy and energy efficiency measure statewide. We look forward to building on this progress in the next legislative session in 2019.