Reid calls for state-level energy ideas in energy summit preview

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., advocated for state-level clean energy solutions during a Thursday conference call to preview his sixth-annual National Clean Energy Summit.

Reid started the teleconference lauding both Warren Buffett’s plans to purchase NV Energy,hyperlink: announced last Wednesday, and the Nevada Legislature’s passage of the NV Energy Bill earlier this week, hyperlink: which requires the power company to replace some coal-generated electricity with energy from renewable sources by 2019.

“That is showing the country what’s possible when a coalition of legislators, willing to work on a bipartisan basis, with the industry and environmentalists work together and get things done,” Reid said.

“Their track record is positive,” Reid added, specifically referring to Buffett’s development of wind energy in Iowa. “We expect the company to continue down this path, replacing dirty coal with clean energy as quickly as they can, especially solar, geothermal and wind in Nevada.”

This year’s theme, “Energizing Tomorrow,” will focus on the future of the nation’s clean energy economy. The event is scheduled for August 13 at Mandalay Bay.

John Podesta, founder of cosponsor Center for American Progress and former chief of staff for President Bill Clinton, said this year’s panel topics will include breaking through gridlock on energy policy, building a 21st century energy market and making clean energy technology readily available for consumers.

Confirmed speakers include: Sally Jewell, secretary of the interior; Ernest Moniz, secretary of energy; Trent Lott, former Senate Majority Leader, R-Miss.; Patricia Mulroy, general manager for Southern Nevada Water Authority; and Neal Smatresk, president of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Reid, a staunch supporter of clean energy, started the annual summit in 2008. Past topics included empowering consumers to make clean energy choices and incorporating energy efficient technology in homes, offices and vehicles.

Reid and Center for American Progress sponsor the event along with MGM Resorts International, the Clean Energy Project and UNLV.

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