NV Energy has announced that the fourth and final 257 MW unit of its coal-fired Reid Gardner Generating Station will no longer provide energy to the southern Nevada electric grid – representing a significant step in achieving a less carbon-intensive energy future, consistent with the policy objectives of Nevada.
As reported, the full closure of the facility was completed nine months ahead of schedule.
“We are proud to be moving our state toward a more balanced and less carbon-intense generation portfolio through coal-generation retirement and renewable energy development while keeping prices low for our customers,” says Starla Lacy, vice president of environmental services.
“The renewable energy capacity NV Energy has secured for customers has seven times the capacity of the generating unit that was taken off the grid today,” she adds.
NV Energy and Nevada saw a 44% reduction in carbon emissions from 2005 to 2015. Currently, NV Energy customers are served by more than 1,900 MW of renewable resources in Nevada, including 19 geothermal energy resources; 14 solar energy facilities; six hydro plants; one large wind farm; and a variety of biomass, methane and other renewable energy projects.
In 2013, NV Energy, along with other stakeholders, supported legislation that retires or eliminates 812 MW of coal-fueled generation serving southern Nevada by 2019 and replaces that capacity with renewable energy and natural gas resources. NV Energy retired Reid Gardner’s first three 100 MW coal-fired units at the end of 2014. The company will eliminate its generation from the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station by December 2019.
The Reid Gardner Generating Station is located north of Las Vegas and initially began serving NV Energy customers in 1965. During its peak operation time, the plant could provide enough power to serve nearly 335,000 Nevada households.
The company says no jobs will be lost due to the closure of the facility. A number of employees will go to work at other NV Energy facilities, and the rest will remain at Reid Gardner to support the ongoing decommissioning, plant dismantlement and environmental remediation efforts.