FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2022
Angie Dykema, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP)
[LAS VEGAS, NV] – Today Nevada joined 16 other states and the district of Columbia in committing to take action to clean up pollution from trucks. Governor Steve Sisolak signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), signaling his intention to guide Nevada to a future where all medium- and heavy-duty vans, trucks and buses operate with zero tailpipe emissions.
By signing the MOU, Nevada is committing to “strive to make at least 30 percent of all new medium- and heavy-duty vehicle sales […] zero emission vehicles by no later than 2030,” prioritizing benefits for communities that have historically suffered from higher exposure to air pollution, such as communities located near busy freight corridors.
Cleaning up truck pollution is an essential step for Nevada to meet its goals for reducing the impacts of climate change. It will also have significant air quality and public health benefits. Further, it will improve energy efficiency and save fleets money. For example, a recent analysis of a potential clean truck regulation in Colorado consistent with the MOU found more than $20 billion in potential benefits over the next 30 years, including cheaper vehicle operation, reduced shipping costs for commercial goods and lower electricity bills for consumers.
Today’s announcement follows Nevada’s adoption of clean car standards in 2021, which require automakers to supply an increasing amount of zero-emission passenger vehicles for sale in the state. It also builds on the work that NV Energy is doing to build electric vehicle charging infrastructure and help fleets electrify vehicles, as directed by Senate Bill 448.
Angie Dykema, Nevada Representative for the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, applauded Governor Sisolak’s announcement:
“Governor Sisolak is charging in the right direction. Clean trucks will save us money, improve our health, and protect our climate. We look forward to working with the Sisolak administration to adopt clean truck policies that advance our State Climate Strategy and realize benefits for all Nevadans.”
The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) is a public interest organization promoting greater energy efficiency in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. swenergy.org