Nevada Governor Establishes Renewable Energy Transmission Committee

May 21, 2007

Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons signed an executive order May 9 that creates the Nevada Renewable Energy Transmission Access Advisory Committee, which will help renewable energy generators obtain access to the electricity grid. The group will work with the director of the Nevada State Office of Energy, Dr. Hatice Gecol, in preparing recommendations to be submitted to the governor by the end of the year.

Gibbons said, "Much of Nevada's renewable energy resources are located away from the grid. In order for companies to locate in Nevada and develop our renewable energy resources, we need to ensure they have access to the transmission infrastructure that will allow them to bring their energy to the marketplace."

The executive order specified solar, wind, and biomass generation as renewable energy sources that would benefit from enhanced connectivity to the grid.

The governor named 14 members to the committee, including the deputy director of the Nevada State Office of Energy, Dr. Raj Mehta. Other members include representatives from utilities, renewable energy businesses, renewable energy trade organizations, and the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada.

Improved transmission access will help Nevada meet its renewable portfolio standard, which requires the state's two investor-owned utilities — Nevada Power and Sierra Pacific Power — to use eligible renewable energy resources to supply 20 percent of retail sales by 2015. The utilities are allowed to meet the standard through renewable energy generation or credits and energy savings from efficiency measures.

For more information on the creation of the committee, read the governor's May 9 press release and the executive order (PDF 363 KB). Download Adobe Reader. For more information on Nevada's renewable portfolio standard, see the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency Web site.

Source: May 15 article in Renewable Energy Access.

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