September 30, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada's largest utility has announced plans to begin closing four coal-fired power plants northeast of Las Vegas and invest more money in renewable energy.
NV Energy officials said the closures long sought by a neighboring tribe, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and others are scheduled to begin by the end of next year.
A summary of the plans being presented to state lawmakers on Wednesday and first reported by the Las Vegas Sun says the move could cost ratepayers nearly 4 percent more over the next 20 years.
But they project new investments in wind, solar and geothermal energy as well as natural gas will produce thousands of construction jobs over the next 12 years.
The Sierra Club says it's an important step toward reducing air pollution in southern Nevada.