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Groups: Nevada's old mine sites could help meet energy goal

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Posted at 1:12 PM, Nov 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-19 16:12:09-05

A think tank and an advocacy group say Nevada could adapt old mines and former industrial sites to meet an aggressive clean energy benchmark that voters have endorsed with a statewide initiative.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the Rocky Mountain Institute identified more than 2.8 million acres of already disturbed land statewide that appears ripe for renewable energy development.

In addition, The Nature Conservancy is partnering with the Nevada Mining Association to change state regulations to encourage the use of old mine sites for green power projects.

Question 6 passed Nov. 6 and must pass again in 2020 to take effect.

It would amend the state constitution to raise to 50 percent by 2030 the amount of solar, wind or geothermal electricity provided by electric utilities in the state.