Nevada's Public Utilities Commission is moving forward with an investigation into whether Valley Electric Association can legally provide services to Creech Air Force Base. The state's largest utility,NV Energy, filed a complaint with the PUC in February arguing that Valley Electric is operating outside its legal service area. In Fall 2012, the US Department of Defense awarded Valley Electric ownership and operation of the distribution system at Creech, as part of a $23 million contract.
Recently, members of the Moapa Band of Paiutes discovered that five years of air monitoring data from Reid Gardner Power Plant had to be thrown out by state authorities. For years, the tribe has alleged that pollution from the plant is contributing to health problems.
Imagine bolting a battery and electric motor to your car, and automatically converting it to a hybrid. That's just one idea on display when UNLV engineering students present their latest inventions at the 2012 Senior Design Competition.
Conservation and efficiency seem to go right along with living green and clean energy as ways to a better planet and certainly to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It ain't necessarily so, says New Yorker staff writer David Owen.
The recent bankruptcy of the government-backed solar company, Solyndra, drew fire from Congress and put funding for other solar projects on shaky ground. Now, a geothermal plant in northern Nevada might follow suit. Nevada Geothermal Power is fighting off debt, and its own auditor said there was "significant doubt" on whether the company would continue. Will Nevada Geothermal go the way of Solyndra? And what does that mean for future energy projects here in Nevada? New York Times reporter Eric Lipton gives us an update.
Brookings Mountain West at UNLV says that Nevada can be at the heart a transformation in how the country reduces its carbon footprint. By establishing federally funded innovation centers across the intermountain West, Brookings says the region can capitalize on its many world class assets.
Big solar and wind farms are laying claim to Nevada, but what about the homeowners and small businesses? How can they harvest energy? And how easy (or hard) is that process? Kermitt Waters tried to build a wind turbine in his backyard, but his neighborhood council shut him down. Hotels like the Golden Gate are using geothermal cooling, and the school district is inserting solar panels.