Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today applauded NV Energy’s decision to invest in clean energy and solidify the timeline on the retirement of the Reid-Gardner coal plant. NV Energy announced that they will acquire the 200 megawatt solar project on the Moapa Band of Paiutes’ Reservation and proceed with the expansion of the Nellis Air Force Base solar array. In addition, NV Energy will seek 300 megawatts of requests for proposals from renewable energy project developers. And finally, they announced that Reid-Gardner units one, two and three are on track for closure at the end of this calendar year.
“What a difference a year makes,” said Senator Harry Reid. “In less than a year, the new leadership at NV Energy have realized that the future of energy in Nevada is to develop our solar, wind and geothermal resources. I am so proud for the Moapa Band of Paiutes, who for nearly 50 years, have had pollution literally raining on them from the Reid-Gardner plant. Not only will the plant be retired, but the tribe is realizing their own energy independence by developing solar projects on their land. I am also pleased that NV Energy will further develop the clean energy potential at Nellis Air Force Base. The solar array at Nellis has set the gold standard for clean energy projects on military facilities and the expansion will allow for solar energy to provide 100 percent of the daytime electricity needs for the Air Force Base. These are important steps forward as Nevada realizes its potential to be the epicenter for clean energy in our country.”
In August 2012, at his National Clean Energy Summit, Senator Reid called on NV Energy to close “the dirty relic, Reid- Gardner.” And in Reid’s speech to the Nevada Legislature in February 2013, he urged the legislature to make “meaningful changes” to strengthen the renewable portfolio standard in the state. As a result, the Nevada Assembly and State Senate, with Governor Brian Sandoval’s support, worked together last legislative session to pass pieces of energy legislation that closed Nevada’s remaining coal-fired plants while increasing renewable energy production and strengthening the renewable portfolio standard. The existing solar array is saving the Air Force more than $1 million annually and the expansion will produce an additional 15 megawatts of electricity.