This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

August 30, 2006

Nevada Utilities Offer $100 Million for Efficiency Programs

Nevada's largest utilities released a three-year, $100 million solicitation on August 29th for 11 major energy efficiency and load management programs. Nevada Power and Sierra Pacific Power, both subsidiaries of Sierra Pacific Resources, are looking for contractors to run programs that offer incentives for manufacturing homes that qualify for the Energy Star; for purchasing Energy Star lighting and appliances; for installing or retrofitting high-efficiency air conditioning equipment in homes; for removing and recycling extra home refrigerators; and for retrofitting home pools with energy-efficient two-speed pool pumps. In addition, contractors are needed to provide weatherization and efficiency services for low-income and senior homeowners and to install energy efficiency controls in small hotels and motels.

The utilities also need contractors to implement the Sure Bet Commercial Incentives Program, which offers incentives and technical services for energy efficiency improvements to commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities; the Sure Bet for Schools Program, which facilitates energy efficiency and peak demand reduction in public schools; and the Sure Bet for New Construction Program, which provides incentives for energy efficiency in new commercial buildings. Finally, a contractor is needed for an air conditioning load management program.

Combined, the 10 energy efficiency programs are expected to yield nearly 71 million kilowatt-hours in energy savings in their first year, while the air conditioning load management program is expected to cut peak power loads by 100 megawatts. The utilities service the southern tip of Nevada, including Las Vegas, and most of western Nevada, including Reno, as well as the Lake Tahoe area of northeast California. The utilities will hold a mandatory pre-bid conference on September 15th, and bids will be due on October 3rd. See the request for proposals.