The state of Nevada has committed to increasing its renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 50% by 2030. RPS is a regulation that requires a percentage of energy to come from renewable sources. The policy comes from Senate Bill 358, which was sponsored by state senator Chris Brooks and signed into law by Governor Steve Sisolak on April 22.

Nevada was the second state in the US to establish an RPS in 1997 and with this update it hopes to ‘reclaim its clean energy leadership role by having one of the largest RPS standards in the country’.

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In his remarks at a press conference, Governor Sisolak cited the need to reduce emissions to improve the air quality for the people of Nevada.

He also noted the economic benefits that renewable energy brings to Nevada. This includes 45 projects currently under development in the state, which has brought in $8bn in investment and 32,000 clean energy jobs at the end of 2018.

With the expansion of the RPS, Sisolak hopes that a further 11,000 jobs will be created along with another $1.5bn in investment.

Sisolak tweeted: “I’m proud to take this important step towards a better, cleaner, more sustainable future for our state, our workforce, and our families. Thank you Senator Brooks for your leadership.”

Senator Chris Brooks also tweeted: “After almost 20 years working on renewable energy policy and over three years on this bill we passed a new RPS. A clean 50% by 2030. Thank you Governor Sisolak and all the people who helped make this happen.”

Nevada joins states like Illinois, New York and California, along with the unincorporated island of Puerto Rico in committing to the increased use of renewables.