Reid Leads Nevada Voices Supporting EPA Energy Campaign

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - U.S. Sen. Harry Reid is among government and business leaders voicing support for a federal campaign to limit carbon pollution from power plants and address global climate change.

The Democratic minority leader calls the Obama administration plan being made public Monday an opportunity for innovation in a state where billions of dollars have already been invested in renewable and clean energy.

The Sierra Club calls the Environmental Protection Agency programs a signal to the world that the U.S. is serious about acting on climate disruption.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval's energy chief, Paul Thomsen, calls Nevada well-positioned to comply with the first national limits on carbon dioxide from existing power plants.

Utility company NV Energy plans to shut down an aging coal-fired power plant near Las Vegas in 2017.


LAS VEGAS (AP) - Several government and business leaders say Nevada renewable energy projects have a bright future with the federal government tightening pollution controls for greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.

Nevada doesn't rely much on coal for electricity, and officials at a sun-drenched event beneath solar panels at Las Vegas City Hall said Monday they think new Environmental Protection Agency rules could boost the business of converting sun, wind and geothermal energy to electricity.

Jennifer Taylor, of the nonpartisan Clean Energy Project, says Nevada's climate, location and the success of existing projects involving companies like First Solar and Enel Green Power could attract more investment.

Officials note that utility company NV Energy is due to shut down the last aging coal-fired power plant in southern Nevada, near Las Vegas, in 2017.