NV Energy Announces Retirement of Coal-Fired Power Plants: Park Advocates Applaud Decision, With Some Reservation

 
PRESS RELEASE
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   April 3, 2013
Contact:   Lynn Davis, Senior Nevada Program Manager, National Parks Conservation Association: 702.318.6524; Mobile: 702.281.7380


NV Energy Announces Retirement of Coal-Fired Power Plants: Park Advocates Applaud Decision, With Some Reservation

Statement by Lynn Davis, Senior Program Manager for the National Parks Conservation Association

“Today’s announcement by NV Energy to close Reid Gardner Power Plant recognizes the need to shut down one of the dirtiest and oldest coal-fired power plants in the country.  The plant has degraded several Class 1 airshed areas for decades, including national parks such as the Grand Canyon, Zion, and Joshua Tree.  The plant also affects nearby Lake Mead National Recreation Area – the fifth most visited national park unit in our National Park System - and the Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument.  It also has been noted to seriously impair the health and safety of those living nearby.”

“Unfortunately, NV Energy has bundled the good with the bad.  The company’s acknowledgements to shut down three of four units within the next year and the final unit within three years are steps in the right direction.  But NV Energy appears to have attached strings to this announcement – acceptance of their plans and a rate-payer increase without oversight by Nevada’s Public Utility Commission (PUC).  It appears that NV Energy expects to strip authority from the PUC as they institute rate increases and ask for compensation for shutting down the plant.”

“The National Parks Conservation Association has long worked to protect air quality in National Parks impacted by NV Energy’s coal plants.  We support measures away from pollutant generation energy sources as well as the development of appropriately sited renewable energy projects as means of controlling conventional pollution and greenhouse gases, creating new jobs, and ensuring long-term sustainability. 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s leadership in calling for this plant be closed, along with the tireless efforts of the Moapa people and other conservation groups, should be applauded in drawing attention to this dirty coal-fired power plant.  We look forward to working with federal and local elected officials, particularly members of the Nevada State Assembly and Senate, in ensuring that NV Energy’s plans benefit Nevada ratepayers and in ensuring that our national parks and the communities and people who surround them, are better protected.”

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