Nevada Governor Kills Renewable Energy, Community Solar Bills With Deregulation Pending

By Julia Pyper, GreenTech Media.

It looked like renewable energy advocates in Nevada were going to win the legislative Triple Crown last week, but two of the three clean energy bills in contention never made it across the finish line. 

Republican Governor Brian Sandoval vetoed the two bills on Friday, citing uncertainty amid Nevada’s pending shift to an open and competitive energy market. 

AB 206 would have increased the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 40 percent by 2030, up from 25 percent in 2025, and created attractive new incentives for energy storage. The second bill, SB 392, would have established a 200-megawatt community solar program by 2023.

On Thursday last week, Sandoval signed a popular bill (AB 405) that restored net metering credits for rooftop solar customers in the Silver State, giving the distributed energy market an enormous boost. Following that win, supporters hoped the RPS and community solar bills would get approval too.