Today, Representative Steven Horsford (NV-4) expressed support for NV Energy's plan to decommission its coal plants and increase support for renewable energy in Nevada.
"I applaud NV Energy for pushing Nevada to become a leader in renewable energy production," Horsford said. "Our state can lead the green economy, but we need to make the right choices and investments. The decommissioning of coal plants is a smart first step.
"I was pleased to facilitate a call between Michael Yackira at NV Energy and William Anderson, the Tribal Chairman of the Moapa Paiutes, this morning. Both parties understand that closing the Reid Gardner plant is the first step the company will take and that will lead to future opportunities to work together. The conversation was frank, and NV Energy expressed that they value the Moapa Tribe, their role in the community, and hope to build trust for future collaboration.
"Chairman Anderson expressed gratitude for the decision to close Reid Gardner, said he applauds the decision, and explained that his community is reacting positively to the news. He also agreed that the opportunity to work together in partnership in the future would be beneficial to both parties.
"Coal is not Nevada's future. Our future is in geothermal, wind, and solar energy production and I look forward to working with our state and local leaders to position Nevada to create jobs in the clean energy economy."
Michael Yackira of NV Energy and Chairman Anderson have agreed to meet in person, at the request of Representative Horsford, to continue to discuss renewable energy projects and how they can help benefit the people of Nevada together.