Solar and Geothermal Powering Nevada

The population of the state of Nevada is approximately 3.14 million people. In March 2020, state utilities used natural gas (67.8%), renewable energy (29.1%) and coal (3.1%) to generate electricity. Solar, geothermal and hydropower are the primary sources of renewable energy in Nevada.

Nevada’s dependence on natural gas and renewable energy keeps state electricity costs below the national average. In March 2020, the average cost of residential electricity in Nevada was 12.1 ¢ per kWh, compared to the national average of 13.1 ¢ per kWh.

In 1997, the Nevada Legislature established the state’s first Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). In 2019, the state legislature modified the RPS by increasing the percentage of electricity generated from renewable energy by utilities to 50% by 2030.

The Public Utility Commission of Nevada has approved NV Energy’s integrated resource plan (IRP), which will double the company’s renewable energy capacity by 2023. NV Energy is an electric and natural gas utility, headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada.

NV Energy will bring 1,001 MW of solar capacity on stream by 2023 with six new power purchase agreements. The new solar parks include the 101 MW Battle Mountain, 200 MW Dodge Flat Solar Energy Center, 100 MW Fish Springs Ranch, 300 MW Eagle Shadow, 250 MW Copper Mountain, and 50 MW Techren Solar.

In June 2020, Ormat Technologies completed the enhancement of its Steamboat Hills geothermal plant, located near Reno, Nevada. The geothermal plant’s capacity was increased from 65 MW to 84 MW. Steamboat Hills has been producing clean, green energy for thirty years.

States across America are taking action to stop climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The cheapest form of power without any tax incentives is onshore wind, closely followed by solar and hydropower. The move to clean green energy is happening across America and consumers are saving money in the process.

Jack Kerfoot

Website – “Our Energy Conundrum”

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