Nevada Passes Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Bills

June 15, 2007

Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons has signed two energy bills that provide a range of incentives for energy efficiency and renewable energy, require high efficiency light bulbs to be sold in the state, and qualify small-scale distributed renewable energy systems to employ net metering.

On June 14, Gibbons signed Senate Bill 437, which, among other things:

  • Provides property tax breaks for residents who purchase homes that meet national green building standards.
  • Expands a program offering energy credits to solar power generators
  • Provides credits to homeowners with wind or water power generating installations
  • Allows incentives for schools and public agencies that install solar energy systems under a solar demonstration program
  • Provides incentives for participants in wind energy and water power demonstration programs
  • Establishes a program to evaluate energy consumption on residential properties; residential properties for sale would be evaluated based on energy consumption ratings provided to property buyers
  • Requires utilities to include energy efficiency programs for residential customers in their long-term resource plans
  • Directs the Public Utility Commission to remove disincentives that inhibit natural gas utilities from helping customers use gas more efficiently.

Gibbons also signed Assembly Bill 178 the same day. This bill will allow distributed renewable energy systems 1 megawatt (MW) or smaller to qualify for net metering.

The bill would also require high-efficiency light bulbs to be sold in Nevada. Nevada is the first state in the nation to pass such light bulb legislation. The lighting standard is estimated to save $1.3 billion once all the old incandescent bulbs have been replaced.

Source: June 15 article in SNL Energy Renewable Energy Week

To read more about renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Nevada, see: