Energy and Environment

Washoe County Mulls Hoop House Rules

Mar 9, 2016
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The Washoe County Board of Commissioners is mulling how gardening hoop houses should be regulated, if at all. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has the story.

Noah Glick

Clean energy activists gathered in downtown Reno this morning to protest the auctioning of public land leases for fossil fuel extraction. Reno Public Radio's Noah Glick was there and has more.

Valerie Love is a clean energy campaigner with the Center for Biological Diversity. Standing underneath the Reno arch, she had a message for Washington.

Julia Ritchey

A broad coalition of community stakeholders is coming together to promote an ambitious plan for the Truckee River.

The public-private partnership is called the One Truckee River Initiative and it brings together more than 130 representatives from the county, city, local businesses and environmental groups.

Their goal is to draft a comprehensive master plan for the Truckee River tackling everything from water quality to public safety to stewardship.

Lynda Nelson is with the Nevada Land Trust, one of the organizations coordinating the effort.

Noah Glick

Local researchers went out yesterday to measure the snowpack levels on Mount Rose. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick tagged along and learned that February fell short.

Jeff Anderson is walking down a ski run in the Mount Rose Ski Resort. He’s a hydrologist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service and he’s leading a group of scientists and members of the media to the Mount Rose snow telemetry, or SNOTEL, site where he’s taking manual measurements of the snowpack to make sure the data are consistent with electronic readings.

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The Truckee River Flood Management Authority recently received $1.75 million dollars to create a flood plan for the region. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick sat down with their executive director, Jay Aldean, to discuss what that means.

One of his biggest tasks for Aldean and his agency is planning and building infrastructure that will protect the region from major storms and flooding.

Julia Ritchey

Sen. Harry Reid says he supports two proposed ballot measures to boost the rooftop solar market and break up the power monopoly held by NV Energy. 

"Solar is good all over the country, but this is where it's pronounced," he said during a Reno stop on Wednesday to promote Saturday's Democratic caucus. 

Reid says he's even relayed his support for the two ballot initiatives to NV Energy President Paul Caudill. 

"They haven't been written or approved —and I'm sure everybody will file a lawsuit against them — but conceptually they're both great," he says. 

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Seventeen governors from across the nation have agreed to work together to advance clean, renewable energy initiatives. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick has more.

Under this agreement, states will work together to diversify energy sources, expand clean energy options and modernize infrastructure. Governors have yet to release specific policy details, but their advisors are meeting soon to begin developing plans.

New Battery Recycling Plant Emits Cloud Of Confusion

Feb 12, 2016
Amy Westervelt

A California tech company hopes to demonstrate eco-friendly lead battery recycling at its new plant in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center. But there's been plenty of confusion surrounding the new plant. Reno Public Radio's Amy Westervelt sorts it out.

Aqua Metals is tight-lipped about the specifics of its technology, but in broad terms it recycles batteries using a water-based solvent. Chief commercial officer Steven Cotton says the company's new recycling facility, currently being built in Storey County, will be "practically emission free."

Regulators Phase In Rate Hikes For NV Solar Customers

Feb 12, 2016
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  The Nevada Public Utilities Commission will grandfather rooftop solar customers from higher rates after public outcry. Reno Public Radio’s Julia Ritchey reports.

Commissioners voted to phase in higher electricity costs over the course of 12 years, still less time than what solar advocates had wanted.

Those rate hikes were approved back in December, touching off a firestorm among net-metering customers who say the state has reneged on its promise to encourage renewable energy.

Nevada Gets High Ranking For LEED Projects

Feb 9, 2016
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Nevada is ranked one of the top states in the country for LEED-certified green buildings - a program that encourages environmentally friendly building practices. Our contributor Luiza Vieira has more.

Nevada ranked sixth in the nation for LEED-certified buildings in 2015 — that's according to the U.S Green Building Council's annual review.

To get this certification, projects must factor in things such as location, water and energy efficiency, materials and resources used.

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