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  • February 2, 2023 KTNV | California releases its own plan for Colorado River cuts | In a letter to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, California described how states could conserve between 1 million and nearly 2 million acre-feet of water through new cuts based on the elevation of Lake Mead, a key reservoir.
  • February 2, 2023 | LVRJ| More hikes may be coming to utility bills in Southern Nevada | Las Vegas resident Rosanna Valdez was nearly in tears when she saw her January bill from Southwest Gas. Her bill had climbed from $144.27 in December to now owe $431.45. “I was disappointed. I was almost in tears when I saw that last night,” Valdez said. “With that amount of money…how can you afford to pay those kinds of bills?” But Valdez isn’t alone. A cold January and recently implemented rate hikes has Southern Nevadans facing higher utility bills.
  • February 3, 2023 | KSNV  | Southwest Gas adviser named as Nevada Office of Energy director | A policy adviser at Southwest Gas has been named as the new director of the Nevada Office of Energy. Gov. Joe Lombardo’s office announced the appointment of Dwayne McClinton to the role, after McClinton previously served on Lombardo’s transition team. His start date is Monday, Feb. 20.
  • February 5, 2023 | Clean Technica  | Tesla’s $3.6 Billion Expansion Plans At Giga Nevada The Tesla factory has been a key producer of Tesla’s automotive batteries throughout the last several years, and soon it will also be a major producer of the Tesla Semi. Tesla has announced plans to spend as much as $3.6 billion in expansions at Gigafactory Nevada, as detailed by MarketWatch in recent weeks. The investments will go toward the company’s first “high-volume” Semi factory and an updated 4680 battery cell factory, adding as many as 3,000 jobs to the location, according to the automaker.
  • February 6, 2023 | Nevada Business Magazine | Companies Join Forces to Create the Nevada Battery Coalition | Efforts to form the Nevada Battery Coalition were formally announced today during the Nevada Clean Energy & Transportation Conference at the Peppermill Resort & Casino. Coordinated by Caleb Cage of Arc Dome Strategies, the new trade association will form to provide key support to the industry in three primary areas: public awareness, workforce and economic development, and industry promotion. The member group will include a variety of organizations that operate within every stage of the lithium supply chain.
  • February 6, 2023 | 8 News Now | Classic car repair program aims to assist drivers across Nevada | Classic car plate registration changes have many drivers frustrated on what to do, especially if there is a need to fix a car or a car cannot pass a smog test. 
  • February 8, 2023 | AP News | Nevada lithium mine wins ruling; green energy fights rage on | A U.S. judge has ordered the government to revisit part of its environmental review of a lithium mine planned in Nevada, but denied opponents’ efforts to block it in a ruling the developer says clears the way for construction at the nation’s largest known deposit of the rare metal widely used in rechargeable batteries.
  • February 9, 2023 KLAS NV Energy, Southwest Gas grilled at Nevada Legislature | Utility companies that have met heavy criticism over rates and outages in recent months came face to face with lawmakers on Thursday in Carson City.
  • February 17, 2023 |  Department of Energy  | DOE Announces $50 Million for Tribal Clean Energy Projects “Tribal nations are a key partner in the fight to combat the climate crisis and their visionary leadership is critical to the nation’s transition to an equitable clean energy future,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “This new investment will help Indigenous communities everywhere make informed decisions about their own energy needs and unlock stronger economies and increased access to reliable and affordable clean energy resources.” 
  • February 24, 2023 | Rep Dina Titus | Titus Announces More Than $11M in Federal Allotments for Water Infrastructure | Congresswoman Dina Titus announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has allotted $11,390,000 for Nevada to help upgrade the state’s essential water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).“Western states like Nevada understand the importance of accessing clean water and mitigating the effects of droughts by protecting our water sources,” said Rep. Titus. “I’m glad that the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law I championed in Congress will bring more than $11 million to our state to protect public health and support upgrades to our water infrastructure.”
  • February 27, 2023 | New York times | As Oil Companies Stay Lean, Workers Move to Renewable Energy | Solar, wind, geothermal, battery and other alternative-energy businesses are adding workers from fossil fuel companies, where employment has fallen. Oil and gas companies laid off roughly 160,000 workers in 2020, and they maintained tight budgets and hired cautiously over the last two years. But many renewable businesses expanded rapidly after the early shock of the pandemic faded. Snapping up geologists, engineers and other workers from the likes of Exxon and Chevron.


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