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Las Vegas to Go 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2017
"Mayor Carolyn Goodman announced Las Vegas would be the first city of its size to be powered by 100 percent renewable energy," reports Kyle Roerink.
"The city will expand its partnership with NV Energy to encompass a mix of energy-efficiency programs, a large-scale solar project and purchasing agreement to reach its goal," according to the article. The city is expecting to make the switch in just over a year—in January 2017. The move is made possible, in part, by a more-than-50-percent reduction in the cost of utility-scale solar power from NV Energy—down to $48 a megawatt hour.
NV Energy also plays into a forthcoming development that will influence the future of renewables in the state of Nevada. According to Roerink, "NV Energy is also involved in a battle in which regulators will determine the cost of rooftop solar in Nevada by Jan. 1."