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Question 6: More Renewable Energy For NV?

One of the questions Nevada voters will be asked this November is about renewable energy.

Question 6 asks that 50 percent of all energy used in the state comes from renewable energy sources, like solar by 2030.

A measure that asked for a lower renewable portfolio standard, 40 percent, failed when Governor Brian Sandoval refused to sign it into law in 2017.

Kyle Roerink, communications director for Yes on Question 6, said there's plenty of evidence that Nevadans want the higher portfolio standard. In part, that's because the skies in Nevada yield more sunshine than any other state, making it a good environment for solar energy generation.

“No one is questioning our potential," he said, "No one is questioning our abundance of solar potential. No one is questioning our abundance of geothermal potential. No one is questioning our potential to get some more wind online in this state.”

He said other states like California, Oregon, New Jersey and New York are already moving forward with higher renewable portfolio standards.

Those opposing the measure say it will lead to higher energy costs for state residents, which is something Roerink pushed back against.

“We spend $700 million every year to buy fossil fuels that are fracked, mined and drilled in other states," he said, instead he said it is time for Nevada to use its abundance of sunshine and geothermal power.

He said there are companies poised to invest more in renewable energy sources. Plus, he says it will create more jobs.

“What I know is that renewable energy is cheaper than fossil fuel energy,” he said.

Roerink also said the increased portfolio standard will mean more accountability no matter who is providing power to Nevada.

Another question on the ballot would deregulate Nevada's energy system. Roerink says his group is neutral on Question 3 but if it is approved his ballot measure would require new energy providers to still hit that 50 percent mark.


Kyle Roerink, Yes On Question 6, Communications Director

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