Recent developments along the Alternative Energy arena here in Nevada have got some national
implications. On the home front, Nevadans are getting heated up about the push for increased coal production in the eastern part of the state. It's another version of the increasingly familiar refrain: take the new jobs now, or take the risk of believing in new, different and more sustainable jobs in a developing industry.
Why should you be concerned? On the national level, efforts to ramp up coal production through the construction of newer "clean coal" power plants have blossomed in response to Americans' increasing interest in solutions to lessen dependence on foreign oil. But Nevada Senator Harry Reid (D) is championing new legislation (Senate Bill 1531) which requires a mandated shift to renewables by power providers, as well as a greater investment in renewable development on the part of the government. SB1531 will have a direct impact on how homes and businesses are powered in your state.