Nevada Energy regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Nevada Energy: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Renewable energy:

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Renewable energy portfolio standard: 58 Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 704.7801 to 704.7828, Senate Bill (SB) 252, and SB 358

Regulatory Agencies

Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUC)

Nevada Division of Minerals

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. To date, the federal government’s involvement in renewable energy programs has been limited to voluntary programs and providing financial incentives for renewable energy generation. However, Nevada state legislation has established a renewable energy portfolio standard.

Hydraulic fracturing is permitted in the state of Nevada and is subject to chemical disclosure requirements. See the national section ENERGY for more information on hydraulic fracturing.

Administration and enforcement. The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUC) administers the state’s renewable energy portfolio standard. Nevada’s Division of Minerals oversees hydraulic fracturing operations in the state.

State Requirements


Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard

58 NRS 704.7801 to 704.7828, SB 252, and SB 358

Nevada has passed renewable portfolio standard statutes that require each utility company selling electricity for consumption in Nevada to use renewable energy resources to account for the percentage of its net electricity sales as listed in the Table in this section. Renewable energy resources include:

  • Biomass
  • Geothermal energy
  • Solar energy
  • Water power less than or equal to 30 megawatts in a capacity
  • Wind energy

Energy efficiency. Per SB 252, energy efficiency measures can be used to comply with the renewable energy portfolio standard in the following amounts, but at least ...

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