Governor's energy plan remains alive

CARSON CITY — A key Senate panel kept Gov. Jim Gibbon's energy bill alive Friday by re-referring it to another committee with no recommendation.

The Senate Energy, Infrastructure and Transportation Committee referred Gibbons' SB395 to Senate Finance for further discussion.

Gibbons says SB395 would help to make Nevada energy-independent by 2020 by making the state an energy exporter instead of an energy importer.

The bill requires energy efficiency in government operations, restricts construction of new power facilities that emit greenhouse gases, and requires that at least 25 percent of electricity sold to consumers by energy companies be from renewable sources by 2025.

The measure also requires car dealers to disclose the amount of carbon dioxide emissions starting with their 2012 models.