LAS VEGAS – Joining the Governors of California and Washington as well as U.S. Senator Harry Reid, Governor Brian Sandoval today spoke at the Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas. Sandoval spoke on a panel about Western Clean Energy Efforts.
“I believe that there is no better time than now to identify the future of our renewable energy industry and transmission planning around the West,” Governor Sandoval said. “Nevada is supportive of developing a strong vision for a regional energy market, where we see incredible opportunity.”
Sandoval’s remarks at the Summit focused on the successes of the state’s Energy Office, the possibility of exporting power to California and the announcement that the Nevada Office of Energy and the Bureau of Land Management have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that solidifies a collaborative approach to the review of renewable energy and transmission projects on federal lands.
The MOU will help Nevada with one of its most critical issues facing development of renewable energy on federal lands – the potential listing of the Sage Grouse and the ever-increasing concern over the Golden Eagle and other native species. Additionally, the MOU provides tremendous value in collaborating on the protection and enhancement of these species and in facilitating speedy but thorough permitting processes for appropriate renewable energy and transmission projects in our state.
“We know there are long-term training and job opportunities in the residential and commercial energy retrofit industry, manufacturing jobs in the solar panel industry, science and research jobs in lithium extraction and technology development, academic and drilling opportunities for the geothermal industries, and many other opportunities,” Sandoval added. “Nevada is committed to exploring all these opportunities.”