A new study from Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) focuses on the many economic and air quality benefits of evs in Nevada. They range from improved air quality to more jobs and a decrease in the need to import gasoline. Nevadans spend over $5 billion on imported gasoline every year. Some of this can be replaced by locally produced using solar and geothermal energy. In his study, Economic and Air Quality Benefits of Electric Vehicles in Nevada, Mike Salisbury lays out a series of recommendations to spur the adoption of EVs.
The ECOreport looks at a SWEEP report, Nevada Utility Leads the Way on Electric Vehicles
By Roy L Hales
Nevada’s principal utility, NV Energy, was growing its residential electricity sales at a rate of about 5% a year until 2007. Mike Salisbury isn’t sure what caused that to change, though the most likely cause is a combination of slow economic growth, efficiency programs (which resulted in less need for electricity) and the introduction of rooftop solar. Salisbury believes that electric vehicles (EVs) offer NV Energy a way to smooth out seasonal differences and increase revenues during slack hours. He is a Transportation Analyst at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) and the author of a report that shows how a Nevada utility leads the way on Electric Vehicles.