Energy and Environment

Updates On The Rock Fire North Of Reno

5 hours ago
Washoe County Sheriff's Office

12:45 pm Friday update:

More than 200 firefighters are battling the largest of a series of lightning-sparked fires north of Reno that are threatening dozens of homes.   

Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District spokeswoman Erin Holland says about 40 structures remain threatened in the Red Rock area north of Reno.  She says there have no reports of any injuries or any structures damaged by the fire that has burned about 3 square miles of grass and brush.

Marcus Lavergne/Reno Public Radio

Business leaders in the state who want their voices heard more easily by the Public Utilities Commission have formed an Energy Efficiency Business Coalition. Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne has more:

The state’s EEBC would be an offshoot of the original organization formed in Colorado in 2007. Some of their goals are spreading information on energy efficiency to businesses around the state and influencing policy making.

Tom Polikalas is one of the Nevada branch's founders. 

Why So Many Casinos Are Leaving NV Energy

Jul 20, 2016
Peppermill Reno

The Peppermill Resort in south Reno is the latest casino trying to cut the chord with NV Energy.

The hotel-casino filed its exit application with the Nevada Public Utilities Commission earlier this month, hoping to leave the utility by next spring.

That makes it the fourth casino to do so, after Las Vegas-based MGM Resorts, Wynn Resorts and the Sands Corporation. Switch data center also tried to leave, but was denied by the PUC.

Astronomers Discover 100 New Planets

Jul 20, 2016
W. Stenzel - NASA

A team of astronomers has confirmed the existence of 100 planets outside of our solar system. The original discovery came via NASA’s K2 space telescope. From the Arizona Science Desk, Sara Hammond reports on this discovery made by the University of Arizona.

Staffan Vilcans, Flickr, CC by SA-2.0

Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske has certified the signatures on three petitions submitted for the November ballot, two of which will put the debate over renewable energy to voters.  

The first petition, called the Energy Choice Initiative, garnered 77,000 signatures, 20,000 more than needed. That proposal seeks to amend the state constitution to open up the state's electricity market and give consumers more choices besides NV Energy.  

Amy Westervelt

The Placer County Planning Commission voted last week to reject the Martis Valley West development in Tahoe.

The controversial project would bring 760 new million-dollar homes to the Brockway ridge, between Kings Beach and Northstar.

Like many local residents, Peggy Nicklaus of Carnelian Bay was concerned about this project and others.

University of Nevada, Reno

The Hot Pot fire has burned nearly two hundred square miles of rural land near Battle Mountain. One tool area fire crews have been using is a new live-stream remote camera system.

Marcus Lavergne

Several agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management, have banned off-roading for vehicles in western Nevada because of high fire danger. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman reports.

The ban is a response to the ongoing drought and tinder-dry vegetation. Charles Moore is chief of the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District. He says under the rule, vehicles are only allowed on existing paved, gravel, and dirt roads, not anywhere else.

ThisisReno.com

A protest against fracking ended with an arrest on Tuesday as dozens of protesters stormed through the Siena Hotel in Reno looking to interrupt a Bureau of Land Management sale of oil and gas. Our contributor from ThisisReno Bob Conrad reports.

Protestors chanted while holding signs saying "Keep it in the ground" and "Frack free NV." There were even performance artists, clad in black bodysuits, who staged a "die-in" in the entryway of the hotel. 

Dana Nollsch/ThisisReno.com

The Truckee River impacts us all. That was the message a coalition of organizations presented at an open house this week to gather community input about the future of the river. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno was there and has this story.

Nevada Land Trust Executive Director Alicia Reban says the open house was the first opportunity to see what the One Truckee River group has been working on for the past year.

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