‘Yes on 6’ calls on 2019 Legislature to raise renewable standard

By: - November 14, 2018 12:22 pm
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A model predicts Nevada’s emissions will increase as fossil fuel use outpaces solar power and electric vehicle growth. (Photo from First Solar.)

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A 250-MW solar project on the Moapa Indian River Reservation in southern Nevada. (Photo from First Solar.)

‘Yes on 6’ wants to avoid becoming ‘Yes on 3.’

Nevadans voted “yes” last week on Question 6 — a ballot initiative that would require electric utilities to acquire at least 50 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Because it amends the Nevada Constitution, the ballot measure must be approved by voters twice before it can go into effect.

This means Question 6 should appear on the 2020 ballot.

Unless it doesn’t have to.

That is exactly what the people behind ‘Yes on 6’ are now calling for. The campaign on Wednesday released a post-election statement, attributed to Katie Robbins, campaign manager of Nevadans for a Clean Energy Future and the ‘Yes on 6’ initiative. It reads:

“We’re prepared to fight and win again in two years, but we shouldn’t have to. The people of Nevada have made a clear statement about the future they want, and they should not have to wait for it to become a reality. Legislative leaders and our governor-elect have all recognized the need to guarantee a cleaner, healthier future. We look forward to working with them, our coalition partners, and the hundreds of thousands of Nevadans we heard from throughout this campaign to pass legislation well before voters go back to the polls.”

Question 6 was approved by 59 percent of voters; 40 percent voted in opposition.

There was essentially no formal opposition.

The 2017 Legislature passed a bill to raise the current renewable portfolio standard. That bill was vetoed by Gov. Brian Sandoval.

Governor-elect Steve Sisolak supported Question 6.

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April Corbin Girnus
April Corbin Girnus

April Corbin Girnus is an award-winning journalist with a decade of media experience. She has been a beat writer at Las Vegas Sun, a staff writer at LEO Weekly, web editor of Las Vegas Weekly and a blogger documenting North American bike share systems’ efforts to increase ridership in underserved communities. An occasional adjunct journalism professor, April steadfastly rejects the notion that journalism is a worthless major. Amid the Great Recession, she earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. She later earned an M.A. in media studies and a graduate certificate in media management from The New School for Public Engagement. A stickler about municipal boundary lines, April enjoys teaching people about unincorporated Clark County. She grew up in Sunrise Manor and currently resides in Paradise with her husband, two children and two mutts.