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NV Energy Nixes Crescent Dunes Solar Contract (Ind. Report)
NV Energy
Date: 2019-10-07
In the Silver State, Las Vegas-based NV Energy, the state's largest utility reports it is terminating its power contract with Santa Monica-based commercial-scale solar specialist SolarReserve's $1 billion, 110-MW Crescent Dunes Solar facility in Tonopah, Nevada on the grounds that the facility "failed to produce" the required amount of energy, according to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday.

NV Energy notified the plant of the termination in June. NV Energy's grace period after defaulting on the contract ended Thursday, 3rd Oct. The lawsuit was filed in court on Wed., 2nd Oct.

In June, NV Energy announced it was seeking to build about 1,200 mw of solar generation and nearly 600 mw of battery storage. (Source; NV Energy, Nevada Independent, 6 Oct., 2019) Contact: NV Energy, Doug Cannon, Pres., CEO, Kristen Saibini, Senior Corporate Communication Specialist, (775) 834-3891, ksaibini@nvenergy.com, www.nvenergy.com; SolarReserve, Mary Grikas, (310) 315-2274, mary.grikas@solarreserve.com, www.solarreserve.com

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NV Energy Adding 1,200 MW of New Solar + Storage (Ind. Report)
NV Energy
Date: 2019-06-26
In the Silver State, Las Vegas-based NV Energy reports it will seek Nevada PUC approval for the addition of nearly 1,200 MW of new solar PV generation along with 590 MW of battery storage to be added to its energy mix in the form of three projects in southern Nevada. With the addition of these new projects, NV Energy will double its renewable energy by 2023.

Each of the three announced projects -- the 200-mw Arrow Canyon Solar Project with a 75 mw battery storage system; the 300-mw Southern Bighorn Solar & Storage Center with 135-mw Li-Ion battery energy storage system; and the 690-mw Gemini Solar + Battery Storage Project with a 380 mw AC battery storage system -- are expected to be online by the end of 2023.

NV Energy's current portfolio includes 57 geothermal, solar, hydro, wind, biomass and supported rooftop solar projects both in service and under development. (Source: NV Energy, PR, 24 June, 2019) Contact: NV Energy, Doug Cameron, CEO, Pres., www.nvenergy.com

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NV Energy Lauds Nevada Renewables Portfolio Increase (Ind. Report)
NV Energy
Date: 2019-04-24
Reporting from Las Vegas, NV Energy joined Governor Steve Sisolak, Senator Chris Brooks and other supporters, as the Governor signed into law Senate Bill 358, which increases Nevada's renewable portfolio standard to 50 pct by 2030.

In a 2018 announcement, NV Energy noted plans to add six more large-scale solar projects, three of which will include battery storage capacity. NV Energy also recently submitted its annually-required renewable portfolio standard (RPS) compliance filing to the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, which stated that the company had exceeded the current RPS requirement for the ninth-straight year. Instead of the 20 pct required today, 24 pct of the energy the company provides is generated from renewable resources.

Nevada is a leader in renewable energy, ranking fourth in solar and second in geothermal. NV Energy has fostered renewable development since before a renewable standard was put into place, having signed its first geothermal contract in 1986. Thanks to expanding renewable energy serving our customers and the retirement of coal-fueled generation in Nevada, the state experienced an 85 pct reduction in coal-fueled carbon emissions and reduced carbon emissions from the electric industry by 44 pct from 2005 to 2015.

NV Energy Inc, which provides a range of energy services to more than 1.4 million customers throughout Nevada, is a holding company whose principal subsidiaries, Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Power Company, do business as NV Energy. (Source: NV Energy, PR 23 April, 2019) Contact: NV Energy, Doug Cannon, Pres., CEO, Kristen Saibini, Senior Corporate Communication Specialist, (775) 834-3891, ksaibini@nvenergy.com, www.nvenergy.com

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NV Energy, Foundation Gave $6.6Mn in Nev in 2018 (Ind. Report)
NV Energy
Date: 2019-03-22
NV Energy, the NV Energy Foundation and its employees gave $6.6 million through both financial and in-kind donations in the form of more than 34,000 volunteer hours to 410 Nevada nonprofit organizations in 2018.

The 501c3 NV Energy Foundation giving impacted 168 nonprofit organizations statewide through donations of more than $3.2 million in 2018. The NV Energy Foundation addresses community needs in the areas safety and wellness, environmental and community enhancement, education (STEM) and arts and culture. The NV Energy Foundation is funded by NV Energy, not its customers.

In northern Nevada, nearly $1.2 million in grants was provided to 88 nonprofit organizations including Arts for All Nevada, Envirolution, Comstock Foundation for History and Culture, Holland Project, Domestic Violence Resource Center and Nevada Rural Counties RSVP Program, Inc.

In southern Nevada, over $2 million in grants was provided to 80 nonprofit organizations including Grant A Gift of Autism Foundation, Three Square, Friends of Nevada Wilderness, DISCOVERY Children's Museum, Neon Museum, Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada and HELP of Southern Nevada. Employees also donated nearly $575,000 through our annual United Way employee giving campaign.

NV Energy maintains the NV Energy Foundation, a 501c3, to support its philanthropic efforts. Through direct grants, scholarships and employee grant programs, the NV Energy Foundation actively supports improvements in the quality of life in NV Energy's service territories. The NV Energy Foundation is funded by NV Energy, not its customers.

NV Energy Foundation details are HERE. (Source: NV Energy, PR 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: NV Energy, www.nvenergy.com

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NV Energy Offers Low-Cost Renewables Option to Select Commercial Customers (Ind. Report)
NV Energy
Date: 2019-03-08
In Las Vegas, NV Energy is touting the Nevada GreenEnergy Rider (NGR 2.0) that makes more than 1 million MWh of low-cost renewable energy resources available to large commercial customers such as casinos and government entities.

According to NV Energy, "NGR 2.0 offers eligible customers the ability to pay a rate directly tied to low-cost, Nevada-based solar resources, which is in line with our own philosophy to provide all of our customers with clean energy, while keeping rates low. This sustainable energy solution is a win-win as eligible customers will reduce their energy costs while NV Energy retains the renewable energy credits in order to comply with Nevada's renewable portfolio standard for the benefit of all customers."

The initial allotments for the renewable energy rate include up to 565,000 MWh of solar for southern Nevada customers and 375,000 in the north, which combined serves approximately 153 MW of demand. Commercial customers who use at least 8,760 MWh of energy and have MW or more are eligible to participate. Governmental entities need only use 8,760 MWh of energy annually. (Source: NV Energy, PR, Mar., 2019) Contact: NV Energy, Kristen Saibini, Corporate Communications, (775) 834-3891, ksaibini@nvenergy.com, www.nvenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Renewable Energy Credits,  


NV Energy 1 GW Solar, Energy Storage Approved (Ind. Report)
NV Energy
Date: 2019-01-02
In Reno, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) is reporting approval of NV Energy's planned addition of more than 1 GW of solar power to its portfolio for a doubling of its overall renewable energy capacity by 2023.

The plan foresees PPAs for 1,001 MW of solar PV parks coupled with a total of 100 MW of battery storage facilities at a cost of $2 billion, or more, by the end of 2021.

The proposed projects projects -- Battle Mountain Solar Project, Dodge Flat Solar Center, Fish Springs Ranch, Eagle Shadow Mountain Solar Ranch, Copper Mountain Solar 5, and the Techren Solar 5 project -- will expand NV Energy's renewables portfolio to around 3,000 MW. NV Energy's portfolio presently 50 solar, geothermal, hydropower, wind, biomass, and supported rooftop solar projects. (Source: NV Energy, Renewables, 31 Dec., 2018) Contact: NV Energy, Dave Ulozas, VP Renewable Resources, (702) 402-5000, www.nvenergy.com

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Fulcrum Sierra BioFuels Dropping NV Energy (Ind. Report)
Fulcrum Sierra Biofuel
Date: 2018-11-02
In the Silver State, the Nevada Public Utilities Commission (PUC) reports it has approved California-based Fulcrum Sierra BioFuels' request to drop NV Energy utility as its energy services provider. To complete its exit, Fulcrum must now file with the state Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection and the Nevada Power Company within 120 days.

Fulcrum plans to use an alternative, independent energy provider for a biorefinery currently under construction in Storey County, Nevada, according to documents submitted to the PUC.

Six major corporate customers have have opted for substantial "but-outs" to exit NV Energy, including: Barrick Gold, MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment Corp, Peppermill Resorts and Wynn Resorts Ltd. (Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal, 31 Oct., 2018) Contact: Fulcrum Bioenergy, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.facebook.com/fulcrumbioenergy

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NV Energy RfP Seeking 350 MW in Renewables Projects (Ind. Report)
NV Energy
Date: 2018-10-19
Nevada utility NV Energy Inc has issued Request for Proposals (RfP), seeking bids for 350 MW or more of Nevada located renewable energy projects -- solar, geothermal, wind, biomass and biogas technologies that could be integrated with battery-energy storage systems.

The successful projects would need to be approved by the Nevada PUC, the utility noted. The deadline for bids is December 10. (Source: NV Energy, Renewables, Others, 17 Oct., 2018)Contact: NV Energy, Dave Ulozas, VP Renewable Resources, (702) 402-5000, www.nvenergy.com

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NV Energy Surpasses Renewable Energy Standards (Ind. Report)
NV Energy
Date: 2018-04-09
Following up on our Nov. 10, 2017 coverage, NV Energy reports it has surpassed Nevada's renewable energy requirements for the eighth consecutive year. In 2017, NV Energy had a 24 pct clean energy portfolio that included solar, wind, geothermal and credits from renewable projects. Under law, NV Energy meet a 20 percent Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).

A recently introduced ballot contemplates increasing the RPS gradually over several years -- 26 pct by 2022; 34 pct by 2024; 42 pct by 2027; and 50 pct by 2030. NV Energy has not publicly taken a position on the ballot measure, but the utility did announce plans in January to double its renewable energy delivery by 2023. In the same announcement, the utility said its long-term goal is to move toward 100 percent renewable power. (Source: NV Energy, PR, Nevada Independent, April, 2018) Contact: NV Energy, Dave Ulozas, VP Renewable Resources, (702) 402-5000, www.nvenergy.com

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NV Energy Seeks Three Nev. Solar Project Approvals (Ind. Report)
NV Energy
Date: 2017-11-10
NV Energy reports it has filed a request with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada to approve three new long-term solar power purchase agreements totaling 100 megawatts. The three new solar renewable energy projects, if approved, will be built in Nevada.

The 50-MW Turquoise Nevada solar project, to be constructed in the Reno Technology Park will benefit from a 25-year PPA and is expected to be operational by the end of 2020. The Turquoise Nevada solar project is a venture of Estuary Capital Advisors and Sumitomo Corporation of Americas. NV Energy has submitted a separate request with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada to utilize the NV GreenEnergy Rider program to help a major customer offset 100 percent of its next phase of growth with solar energy.

If approved, the new solar energy projects will be operational on or before September 1, 2020. (Source: NV Energy, Various Media, 8 Nov., 2017) Contact: NV Energy , Pat Egan, VP Renewable Energy and Smart Infrastructure, www.nvenergy.com

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EDF Renewable Energy Acquires Nevada Solar Projects (M&A)
EDF Renewable Energy,First Solar
Date: 2017-07-19
San Diego-based EDF Renewable Energy recently has announced its acquisition of two solar project presently under construction in Nevada from Tempe, Arizona-based First Solar Inc. Terms of the deal, which was announce on July 14, have not been disclosed.

NV Energy subsidiaries Nevada Power Co. and Sierra Pacific Power Co. will purchase power from the two projects. Although this acquisition is EDF's entry into Nevada, the company has developed nine gigawatts of wind, solar, biomass and biogas projects in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. (Source: EDF, San Diego Bus. Journal, Others, 14 July, 2017) Contact: EDF Energy Renewables, Ryan Pfaff, Exec. VP, Tim Wheeler, Onshore Wind Development Manager, www.edf-er.com; First Solar, Brian Kunz, VP Project Dev., Steve Krum (602) 427-3359, steve.krum@firstsolar.com, David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

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CLEAResult, NV Energy Collaborate on Low-Income Solar Project (Ind. Report)
CLEAResult ,NV Energy
Date: 2017-05-19
Austin, Texas-based CLEAResult Consulting Inc. and Nevada's largest utility, NV Energy are reporting completion of Nevada's Lower Income Solar Energy Pilot Program enabling low-income customers to benefit from solar.

The Program, which was passed by the state legislature in 2013, allocated 2 MW of private solar projects to be installed for the benefit of low-income customers. In 2016, NV Energy and CLEAResult joined forces to implement and manage the second phase of the pilot project aimed at delivering 1 MW of solar energy to non-profit organizations serving lower-income communities. Fifteen solar PV systems were installed on buildings for organizations serving children, veterans and families in need during the second phase.

The Lower Income Solar Energy Pilot Program received funding from the Nevada Governor's Office of Energy. (Source: Electric Light & Power, 16 May, 2017) Contact: NV Energy, Jesse Murray, Dir. Renewable Energy Programs, www.nvenergy.com; CLEAResult, Michele Negley, VP, (512) 327-9200, www.clearesult.com

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Nevada Legislation Aims to Revive Solar Industry (Reg & Leg)
Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-04-12
Nevada lawmakers in Carson City are debating a package of bills that would increase the amount of credit toward nighttime and cloudy-day power that residential solar users receive as a feed-in tariffs for their excess rooftop solar energy.

The legislation is intended to correct changes made in 2015-16 that effectively drove up the cost of residential solar and virtually halted the state's previously booming residential-solar industry and caused Sunrun, SolarCity and many small solar contractors to leave the solar business in Nevada.

Assembly Bill 270 is among five bills aimed at promoting renewable energies. Other measures would require solar companies to make contracts clearer, allow multiple homes to share solar energy and speed up the state's move to renewables. State law currently directs NV Energy, the state's monopolized utility, and any other providers to generate 20 pct of retail electricity from renewable sources. (Source: Nevada Legislature, CBS Las Vegas, AP, 6 April, 2017)

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NV Energy, Apple agree to build 200 megawatts of solar energy
NV Energy,Apple
Date: 2017-01-30
In Las Vegas, privately held NV Energy and computing giant Apple are reporting their agreement to construct 200 MW of additional solar energy projects in Nevada by early 2019. The projects will supply renewable energy to Apple's Reno, Nevada data center under a long-term PPA, subject to the Nevada Public Utilities Commission approval. The projects will give NV Energy more than 529 MW of solar resources in construction in Nevada or under review for approval, according to a NV Energy statement. The company already has 491 MW of universal solar resources in Nevada. (Source: NV Energy, LV Review Journal, 25 Jan., 2017) Contact: NV Energy, www.nvenergy.com

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SolarReserve Secures $78Mn for California CSP Project (Funding)
SolarReserve
Date: 2017-01-20
In McLean, Virginia, Capital One Bank reports it has taken a $78 million tax equity stake in Santa Monica, California-based SolarReserve LLC Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project .

Crescent Dunes is a utility-scale, 110-MW CSP facility utilizing SolarReserve's proprietary molten salt energy storage technology. The facility has a 25-year PPA with NV Energy,the state's major utility. SolarReserve is the project developer and managing investor, along with initial equity investors ACS Cobra and Santander will hold their ownership stake. (Source: Capital One Bank, SolarReserve, 17 Jan., 2017) Contact: Solar Reserve, (310) 315-2200, www.solarreserve.com

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NV Energy Seeking Solar Net Metering Ruling Reversal (Ind. Report)
NV Energy
Date: 2017-01-16
In Carson City, NV Energy -- dba Nevada Power -- reports it is asking the state's Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to reconsider a decision that restored more favorable net metering rates for up to 1,250 future residential rooftop solar customers in Northern Nevada. The PUC's decision last month redirected energy savings originally intended for many of NV Energy Sierra Pacific customers to a limited number of new rooftop solar customers, according to the utility. The PUC order established rates for a three-year period beginning Jan. 1, 2017 for NV Energy's Northern Nevada customers.

In October 2016, NV Energy said it worked with a broad coalition of customers and participants in the rate case to lower annual electricity rates for residential and small general service customers by approximately $2.92 million annually, or a total of $8.77 million over the three-year period. The cost savings would be shared across a broad base of Northern Nevada electric customers. NV Energy argues that the December order directed the savings to a limited number of customers who install rooftop solar systems and get a retail rate credit from the utility for the excess electricity the systems generate. (Source: NV Energy, Review Journal, 12 Jan., 2017) Contact: Nevada PUC, (775) 684-6101, http://puc.nv.gov; NV Energy, www.nvenergy.com

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