CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A measure dealing with Nevada's energy
policies and the development of renewable energy resources have
been proposed by state Sen. Mike Schneider, D-Las Vegas.
SB114 requires the governor's energy director to work with the
Desert Research Institute to better determine how much energy
Nevada needs and how best to fill those needs with renewable
The legislation also expands homeowners' rights to use systems
for solar and wind energy by prohibiting property covenants that
unreasonably restrict a solar or wind system.
The bill also charges the energy office with reviewing policies
dealing with the state's geothermal resources and making
recommendations on how best to develop those resources.
In a related development, Gov. Jim Gibbons plans to form a
nonprofit corporation to sell billions of dollars worth of bonds in
order to build power transmission lines throughout Nevada to
bolster the development of renewable energy projects.
The plan, which still requires federal legislation, is the first
directed at constructing a grid that would connect solar fields,
geothermal plants and wind farms to existing power centers.
"This is how to finance transmission lines without taxpayer
money and with the lowest cost to end users," said Mendy Elliott,
Gibbons' deputy chief of staff.
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