Reid: Strengthen Renewable Energy Standards

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Harry Reid is calling on Nevada lawmakers to strengthen the state's renewable energy portfolio standards and close loopholes that he says have allowed the state's largest utility to evade the spirit of the law designed to spur investment in green energy.

In a speech Wednesday to a joint session of Nevada Legislature, the Democratic Senate majority leader said lawmakers should require Nevada utilities to increase the percentage of energy produced from renewable sources such as wind and solar.

In prepared remarks, Reid also expressed the need for more investment in education and said a law limiting the terms of elected officials should be repealed.

Reid also said Nevada should enact same-day voter registration and reject efforts to impose voter identification requirements.