FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 30, 2022
Angie Dykema, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP)
[RENO, NV] – As Governor Sisolak hosts an Infrastructure Summit in Las Vegas, the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project and Western Resource Advocates called on state, tribal, city, and county leaders to take full advantage of the incredible opportunities presented by the federal Inflation Reduction Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure law to build a better future for people all across the region.
- Save people money by reducing consumption of fuel and increasing renewable energy;
- Create green jobs and help residents find work in sustainable, forward-looking careers;
- Reduce climate-changing pollution in line with state, national and international climate preservation goals;
- Improve public health by investing in opportunities to cut soot and smog pollution;
- Advance equity by targeting programs and investments toward communities that have historically been left behind or subjected to disproportionate negative impacts; and to
- Do no harm by refraining from investing in projects that actively increase pollution, increase or extend reliance on fossil fuels, waste money, deepen inequities or impede a just transition for workers.
- Large new rebate programs to help improve building energy efficiency and accelerate the deployment of efficient, electric appliances to save money, increase comfort and reduce pollution;
- Billions of dollars to invest in cheaper, cleaner electric vehicles, as well as money that could go toward transit, biking, and walking to give more people access to mobility and reduce the need to drive;
- Incentives to build compact, location-efficient cities and towns where residents can accomplish their daily tasks with less time, money and pollution.
- New and upgraded tax credits and funds to increase the supply of clean electricity and energy storage, and integrate that into our electric system by improving the flexibility, resiliency, and efficiency of the power grid and investing in grid expansion;
- New funding and incentives to improve industrial operations through efficiency and clean energy; and
- Billions of dollars that leaders can use to facilitate a Just Transition by helping workers and communities successfully benefit from progress toward a clean energy future, especially where legacy facilities are closing.