Clean Energy: Renewable energy currently supplies ~30% of Nevada’s electricity needs, and Nevada has a state-mandated goal of sourcing 100% of its electricity needs from renewable sources by 2050 and a net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions target by 2050. Nevada is a leader in the nation in geothermal and solar electricity generation, ranking second in overall geothermal generation and first in per capita solar generation. Nevada has significant untapped solar, geothermal, wind, and energy efficiency resources that are cost-effective to develop.
Electricity Regulation and Markets: NV Energy is the utility that provides 88% of the state's electricity needs, and the remainder of the state is served by rural electric utilities. NV Energy participates in the California ISO's real-time market known as the Energy Imbalance Market (EIM). In 2021, Nevada's legislature passed a law requiring the state's utilities to join an organized, competitive wholesale electricity market by 2030. These markets, known as RTOs and ISOs, serve two-thirds of the US, and help drive electricity costs down, increase grid reliability, and integrate more renewables onto the grid.
Economy & Jobs: Nevada is one of the fastest-growing states by population in the US, and is consistently ranked as one of the most business-friendly states due to its large and high quality workforce, lack of income tax, strategic location, low-cost real estate, and low utility rates. The energy sector employs nearly 33,000 people in Nevada, and this number is growing. The top industries by employment are: energy efficiency, battery energy storage, and solar.
Tribes: Nevada is home to 27 Nevada Tribes, bands, and colonies with approximately 1,500 square miles of land. Nevada's Tribal lands are home to several renewable energy projects that generate clean, low-cost electricity and support high quality jobs, including two utility-scale solar PV project currently under development on Moapa Band of Paiutes Tribal land.
The Nevada Clean Energy Fund provides financial and technical support to projects in Nevada that are deploying proven clean energy technologies in the market. Our support is prioritized for projects that have big potential for social and climate impact and that would otherwise have difficulty accessing capital through traditional financial avenues. We can also serve as an informational resource to all clean energy project developers. Reach out to us with questions and partnership inquiries.