Nevada has considerably strengthened its climate commitments in recent years. In 2019, Governor Sisolak signed a number of pieces of climate legislation that increased the state’s renewable targets, laying the groundwork to reach emissions reduction targets of 45 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 and net-zero by 2050. Nevada, which first established a clean energy portfolio standard in 1997, is aiming for 50 percent renewables in its electricity sector by 2030 and 100 percent clean electricity by 2050. About a quarter of the state’s generation is from renewables. Nevada’s desert geography gives it the largest solar potential in the country, and it already houses large-scale solar thermal and solar PV projects. Although very dry, the state garners around 5 percent of its electricity from hydroelectric power facilities such as the Hoover Dam. Along with its vast potential from renewables, the state’s politics are favourable for implementing its climate agenda as the state’s legislature is currently controlled by Democrats. Nevada recently joined the Under2 Coalition, a group of state and regional governments that have aligned their commitments with the Paris Agreement.
SHORT-TERM OUTLOOK THROUGH 2025 – NEVADA
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