Nevada Definition of Renewable Energy NRS 704.7811
NRS 704.7811 "Renewable energy" defined. 1. "Renewable energy" means: (a) Biomass; (b) Geothermal energy; (c) Solar energy; (d) Waterpower; and (e) Wind. 2. The term does not include coal, natural gas, oil, propane or any other fossil fuel, or nuclear energy. 3. As used in this section, "waterpower" means power derived from standing, running or falling water which is used for any plant, facility, equipment or system to generate electricity if the generating capacity of the plant, facility, equipment or system is not more than 30 megawatts. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the term includes, without limitation, power derived from water that has been pumped from a lower to a higher elevation if the generating capacity of the plant, facility, equipment or system for which the water is used is not more than 30 megawatts. The term does not include power: (a) Derived from water stored in a reservoir by a dam or similar device, unless: (1) The water is used exclusively for irrigation; (2) The dam or similar device was in existence on January 1, 2003; and (3) The generating capacity of the plant, facility, equipment or system for which the water is used is not more than 30 megawatts; (b) That requires a new or increased appropriation or diversion of water for its creation; or (c) That requires the use of any fossil fuel for its creation, unless: (1) The primary purpose of the use of the fossil fuel is not the creation of the power; and (2) The generating capacity of the plant, facility, equipment or system for which the water is used is not more than 30 megawatts.
Comment: Hydroelectric energy is outlawed as renewable energy except in narrow instances. Nuclear is outlawed for no concrete reason. Neither of these technologies emit CO2 or pollution.
Proposed Nevada Constitutional Amendment (on ballot Nov 2020 for final approval)
1. Statement of Policy The People of the State of Nevada declare that it is the policy of this State that people and entities that sell electricity to retail customers in this State be required to get an increasing amount of their electricity from renewable energy resources such as solar, geothermal, and wind. Increasing renewable energy will reduce the State’s reliance on fossil fuel-fired power plants, which will benefit Nevadans by improving air quality and public health, reducing water use, reducing exposure to volatile fossil fuel prices and supply disruptions, and providing a more diverse portfolio of resources for generating electricity. This Act shall be liberally construed to achieve this purpose. 2. Implementation (a) Each provider of electric utility service that is engaged in the business of selling electricity to retail customers for consumption in this State shall generate or acquire electricity from renewable energy resources, including solar, geothermal, wind, biomass, and waterpower, in an amount that is: (i) For calendar years 2022 and 2023, not less than 26 percent of the total amount of electricity sold by the provider to its retail customers in this State during that calendar year. (ii) For calendar years 2024 through 2026, inclusive, not less than 34 percent of the total amount of electricity sold by the provider to its retail customers in this State during that calendar year. (iii) For calendar years 2027 through 2029, inclusive, not less than 42 percent of the total amount of electricity sold by the provider to its retail customers in this State during that calendar year. (iv) For calendar year 2030 and each calendar year thereafter, not less than 50 percent of the total amount of electricity sold by the provider to its retail customers in this State during that calendar year.(b) Not later than July 1, 2021, the Legislature shall provide, by law, for provisions consistent with this Act to implement the requirements specified in subparagraph (a). 3. Severability Should any part of this Act be declared invalid, or the application thereof to any person, thing or circumstance is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect the remaining provisions or application of this Act which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this Act are declared to be severable. This subsection shall be construed broadly to preserve and effectuate the declared purpose of this Act.
Comment: This is a giveaway to the solar interests. It guarantees them prosperity and makes it difficult to revise the stupid policy proposed.
Download Summary and Text of SB358 the Renewable Energy Law
Notes: Sec. 6. allows NV Energy to buy renewable energy facilities and charge itself a "just and reasonable" price for the electricity generated. The cost is passed on to NV's customers. The just and reasonable price is restricted to the price determined by "competitive" markets. But the competitive markets are controlled by NV Energy that publishes requests for quotations and manages the subsequent procedures. Further, at least in the 2018 RFQ's NV Energy is requiring the bidders to provide NV Energy with various options to purchase the facility at various times. So, NV Energy is in a position to control all aspects of the deal for its own interest. There is no just and reasonable price and there is no competitive market. There is just NV Energy managing a facade.