Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid welcomes the crowd back from lunch during the afternoon portion of the Clean Energy Summit at the Mandalay Bay on Thursday, September 4, 2014.
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President Barack Obama speaks during a joint press conference with Ethiopian Head of state Hailemariam Desalegn, Monday, July 27, 2015, at the National Palace in Addis Ababa. Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to see Ethiopia.
President Barack Obama will certainly be with familiar business today in Las Vegas.
Clean energy lobbyists, eco-friendly financiers and green company executives will all watch him speak at Mandalay Bay for the National Clean Energy Summit.
Obama’s go to marks a peak for the summit– which has actually grown from a small meeting of the minds to a national, must-see occasion for any individual in the eco-friendly market. It is also a spotlight moment for Nevada and Harry Reid, Obama’s Senate confidant and creator of the top 8 years ago.
With the help of Reid, Nevada’s clean energy labor force and policies appear like the vision that Obama promoted on campaign tracks and throughout speeches in the previous decade.
Today, Nevada leads the nation with an energy portfolio that’s getting rid of emissions by phasing out coal and including more renewables. Its roof solar market– in spite of an ongoing battle with NV Energy– is among the fastest growing in the country. The state will certainly quickly produce Tesla batteries and may remain in the running for a new electrical automobile maker. The state has the most solar projects on public land and leads the nation in geothermal production.
When the president earlier this month announced the lasts of his strategy clean power strategy– a policy that will limit emissions by 32 percent– Nevada was already in position to close its coal-fired power plants and ahead of the curve of an emission reduction goal.
“We’re the very first generation to feel the effect of climate change,” Obama said after announcing his Clean Power Plan on Aug. 3. “We’re the last generation that can do something about it.”
The top will be filled with announcements– local companies such as Switch and Valley Electric Association will certainly make news. There will certainly also be speeches from U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz; Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta; Diarmuid O’Connell, vice president of business advancement at Tesla Motors; and the handling director at Panasonic Eco Solutions, Jamie Evans.
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