WHEREAS, clean and renewable energy is important to the economy and environment of the State of Nevada;
WHEREAS, Nevada is home to some of the most abundant and accessible sources of clean energy in the world, including solar, wind, and geothermal forms of energy;
WHEREAS, I, as Governor, have encouraged throughout my administration the formulation and implementation of the best policies and practices to encourage the development of renewable and sustainable forms of clean energy, I have fostered significant investment in this sector, and I will continue to do so;
WHEREAS, the health, safety, and welfare of consumers and businesses of Nevada depends upon the continued coordination among State agencies, the energy industry, businesses, and residents to ensure that Nevada maintains the best policies and practices and develops a comprehensive clean energy plan to secure our growth;
WHEREAS, the New Energy Industry Task Force has been established pursuant to Chapter 701 of the Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) to advise the Governor's Office of Energy on ways to promote the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency programs in Nevada;
WHEREAS, the Governor's Office of Energy and the Nevada Public Utilities Commission were directed through Executive Order 2011-18 issued in the first year of my administration to coordinate and work collaboratively with the New Energy Industry Task Force to provide recommendations on issues regarding renewable energy generation within the regional energy transmission market, and that work yielded a proactive path forward for Nevada;
WHEREAS, there exists a continued need for cooperation and collaboration among all consumers, providers, and regulators of energy in Nevada, including homeowners, businesses, the energy industry, and State agencies, to develop the best plan for Nevada's renewable and sustainable clean energy future, and to have this discussion before the New Energy Industry Task Force; and
WHEREAS, Article 5, Section 1 of the Nevada Constitution provides: "The supreme executive power of this State, shall be vested in a Chief Magistrate who shall be Governor of the State of Nevada."