Since 2015, Nevada has received $10.8 million from the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and $4.2 million from the State Energy Program (SEP), resulting in the following benefits:
714 Homes Weatherized
Nevada reduced energy costs and improved health and safety in 714 homes.*
332 Jobs Created or Retained
The State Energy Program creates or retains one job for every $12,500 invested.*
1.4 Million Square Feet of Building Space Retrofitted
Since 2015, Nevada has installed energy efficiency upgrades in 1,086 buildings.*
Connected with 2,751 People About Energy Efficiency Installations
Nevada held 122 workshops, webinars, trainings, or outreach events since 2015.*
States report outcomes of State Energy Program and Weatherization Assistance Program formula (annual) fund activities to DOE on a quarterly basis. The metrics above are outcomes of formula-funded activities since 2015.
The SCEP Project Map highlights the annual formula and competitive funding for WAP and SEP.
Nevada's State Energy Program at Work
Nevada Electric Highway Initiative
Nevada—in partnership with Nevada’s power providers, the Nevada Department of Transportation, Nevada State Parks, and private commercial host sites—is developing infrastructure to provide electric vehicle (EV) charging across the state’s major highway corridors.
This "Electric Highway" system is targeted for completion by the end of 2023. This initiative started with plans to install publicly available EV fast-charging infrastructure along U.S. Highway 95 between Reno and Las Vegas. The development of this statewide infrastructure will allow EV drivers to travel not just through Nevada, but to and throughout the intermountain West.
The NEH project was successfully closed as of June 30, 2023. The Eureka and Baker stations along U.S. Highway 50 are both complete. GOE has transitioned the future EV infrastructure projects to NDOT, who is now taking lead with GOE taking a supporting role. GOE will be providing input, guidance, and insight into how future plans will impact the energy landscape in Nevada.
Lower Income Solar Energy Program
Nevada partnered with NV Energy to offer incentives for solar photovoltaic systems that serve lower-income populations. Statewide, the Lower Income Solar Energy Program (LISEP) supports projects in major population centers and rural communities. LISEP has provided assistance for solar installations to more than 3,500 lower-income households and provided incentives to non-profit organizations that serve populations in need, such as the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Nevada, providing operational cost savings that can be reinvested in its programs and Title 1 schools.
Performance Contracting in Nevada Public Facilities
There are no updates currently regarding PCAAP.
Nevada's Weatherization Assistance Program at Work
The Nevada Department of Business and Industry, Housing Division, is the managing agency of Nevada's Weatherization Assistance Program. The mission of the Nevada WAP is to commit to public and private sector collaborations to assist vulnerable Nevadans in the housing industry. The Nevada WAP subcontracts with four organizations (five service areas) to provide weatherization services to the state’s low-income residents.
Between 2010 and 2021, Nevada weatherized an average of 174 homes per year with formula funds.
Nevada Takes Initiative
Better Buildings Initiative
Better Buildings Challenge Partners
The City of Reno, Clark County, and Douglas County School District have taken on the Better Buildings Challenge, a commitment to reduce the energy use of their entire building portfolios by 20% within 10 years and are making progress toward their energy reduction goals. As of 2021, public-sector Challenge partners have cumulatively saved 133 trillion Btus of energy, $1.27 billion, and 1.5 billion gallons of water since the Challenge was launched in 2011.
Better Climate Challenge
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is challenging organizations to set ambitious, portfolio-wide GHG emission reduction goals. This new effort provides additional opportunities for peer exchange and technical assistance to meet the urgent call to mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Clark County has joined the Better Climate Challenge, a commitment to reduce their portfolio-wide scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by at least 50% within 10 years. Clark County will pursue an energy efficiency target as part of this commitment, recognizing efficiency as a key driver of decarbonization.
Better Buildings Accelerators
In the past five years, SCEP has engaged nearly 100 partners in Better Buildings Accelerators. These Accelerators are designed to demonstrate specific innovative policies and approaches, which will accelerate investment in energy efficiency upon successful demonstration. Each Accelerator is a targeted, short-term, partner-focused activity designed to address persistent barriers that stand in the way of greater efficiency.
To learn more about other Better Buildings partners and solutions in the state of California and other states involved in the Better Buildings Initiative, check out the Better Buildings Partner map.
ESPC Accelerator Partners
The State of Nevada helped catalyze public-sector energy efficiency investments of over $2.1 billion in Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) from 2014–2016 as one of 25 state and local agency partners in the ESPC Accelerator. See demonstrated best practices in the ESPC Toolkit.
Sustainable Wastewater of the Future (SWIFt) Initiative
The City of Reno committed to improving the energy efficiency of their participating water resource recovery facilities as part of the Sustainable Wastewater Infrastructure of the Future (SWIFt) Initiative Phase 2. SWIFt Phase 2 is engaging wastewater treatment facilities in a voluntarily partnership to achieve 5% short-term and 25% long-term facility-wide energy savings and implement at least one next-generation technology (e.g., renewable energy, resource recovery, and advanced data management). SWIFt Phase 1 hosted 25 state, regional, and local agencies that engaged with more than 70 water resource recovery facilities in their jurisdictions and successfully reduced their total energy consumption by almost 7%, adopted best-practice energy management approaches now showcased in the Wastewater Energy Management Toolkit, and created plans to achieve 30% energy savings.
Sustainable Corrections Infrastructure Partnership (SCIP) Accelerator
The state of Nevada is a participant in the Sustainable Corrections Infrastructure Partnership (SCIP) Accelerator, a voluntary partnership of state and local public correctional facilities working with DOE over three years (2021-2024) to achieve portfolio-wide energy and water savings of 20%, implement energy management systems, and create replicable solutions to catalyze energy resilience in the corrections sector. As of November 2021, SCIP had 17 partners consisting of 16 states and 1 county that represent almost 30% of state correctional facilities in the U.S.
C-PACE Working Group
The state of Nevada and the cities of Las Vegas and Reno, partners in DOE’s Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) Working Group, actively worked to develop or refine their C-PACE program with technical assistance from DOE, National Laboratories, and other subject matter experts. The C-PACE Working Group, which concluded in 2020, included more than 30 state and local participants working to learn about, launch, and refine C-PACE financing programs. Partners in the C-PACE Working Group achieved $70 million in C-PACE-financed investments in building upgrades. For more information, see the C-PACE Working Group.
Publications, Resources, Helpful Links
- State and Local Solution Center, a one-stop shop of impactful public-sector resources
- Weatherization Assistance Program
- State Energy Program
- NASEO State Energy Office Contact
- Contact State Weatherization Contact
- Nevada Implementation Model: Developing an Energy Savings Performance Contracting Framework for Public Facilities
- EIA’s Nevada State Profile and Energy Estimates
- Clark County, Nevada Better Buildings Partner Profile
- Reno Better Buildings Challenge Partner Profile
- Douglas County School District Better Buildings Challenge Partner Profile