Forward-Looking Policies Will Unleash Abundant Renewable Energy Resources

Saturday, April 6, 2019, Las Vegas Sun

I’m a business lawyer at one of the largest and oldest law firms in Nevada. Each morning on my drive to work, I pass the Las Vegas Strip, which is blossoming with new construction. Sometimes I think about the energy powering the Strip’s light displays, entertainment venues and observation wheel — how much juice is needed, where it comes from and what it costs. These aren’t idle thoughts to pass time in traffic. I’m an energy attorney. Energy in Nevada is literally my day job.

After more than a decade of working in Nevada’s energy industry, here’s one thing I’ve learned: Policy matters. When Nevada’s elected officials enact smart, business-friendly, clean energy policies, the state’s economy grows. When we prioritize renewable energy and energy efficiency, we create good jobs in industries like solar, storage, geothermal and construction. But when we put short-sighted policies in place, the clean energy industry contracts. Businesses leave. Jobs slip away.

Consider net metering. In late 2015, following a new law that forced the state to reconsider its net-metering policies, state utility regulators dramatically undercut the economics of residential solar installations in Nevada. Result? To read entire article click here.

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