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NV Energy takes Reid Gardner coal plant’s final unit offline

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The fourth and final 257 MW unit of NV Energy’s coal-fired Reid Gardner Generating Station will no longer provide energy to the southern Nevada electric grid. The full closure of the facility was completed nine months ahead of schedule and the company believes this represents a significant step in achieving a less carbon intense energy future consistent with the policy objectives of Nevada.

The Reid Gardner Generating Station is located north of Las Vegas, US, 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.

"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," said 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."

NV Energy and Nevada saw a 44% reduction in carbon emissions from 2005 to 2015. Currently, NV Energy customers are served by more than 1900 MW of renewable resources in Nevada. 

In 2013, NV Energy, along with other stakeholders, supported legislation that retires or eliminates 812 MW of coal-fired power 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.

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