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Energy leaders convene May 9 at “Electrify Nevada!” in Las Vegas

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We appreciate the many leaders working with us to bring information on efficient electric technologies, grants, and new financing opportunities to Nevada's businesses, consumers, and policymakers.”
— Keith Dennis, Beneficial Electrification League President
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, U.S., May 4, 2022 / -- The Beneficial Electrification League (BEL) and broad array of public and private sector stakeholders are convening dozens of Nevada’s top energy leaders Monday, May 9, 2022, at “Electrify Nevada,” a forum designed to advance cost-effective electrification measures that save consumers money, reduce emissions, and improve the electric grid.

“We greatly appreciate the leaders in Nevada who are working with us to bring the latest information on grants, other financial opportunities, and efficient electric technologies to the Silver State’s businesses, consumers, and policymakers,” said Keith Dennis, President of the Beneficial Electrification League (BEL), a non-profit organization working across the country to expand the cost-effective use of electricity for energy end-uses that would otherwise be powered by fossil fuels such as gasoline, diesel oil, natural gas, and propane.

“We’re pleased to host this event, particularly at this time when the increased volatility of the price of fossil fuels is hurting many of our residents,” said Marci Henson, Director of Clark County’s Department of Environment and Sustainability. “Electrification measures can also greatly benefit our air quality and create a balance between our three pillars of sustainability: economic, environment, and social equity, thus enhancing quality of life for current and future residents.”

One of the highlighted topics of “Electrify Nevada” are the new federal funding opportunities coming soon for schools, local governments, and low-income residents.

“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law makes a host of funding I helped secure available for electric vehicles and their infrastructure, battery technology, and the electric grid,” noted U.S. Senator Cortez Masto. “I look forward to working with this event’s participants and other Nevadans to make sure our state can take advantage of those resources. My office will be available to help Nevadans with related grant applications and will continue to support the growth of Nevada’s cutting-edge, clean-energy economy that creates good-paying jobs.”

Grant funding for electric school buses is a top priority of the Beneficial Electrification League which recently launched an initiative to work with electric cooperatives across the county to help interested schools apply for funding from the $5 billion coming available through a program administered by the U.S. EPA.

“Schools across the country face tight budgets and limited resources,” said Dennis. “We know that if we can help schools get an electric school bus through this program then they’ll save both the cost of a new bus as well as thousands of dollars a year on fuel and operating expenses. These monetary savings on transportation costs can be used instead in the classroom.”

“This new federal program for electric school buses is an exciting addition to the funding for electric school buses and additional charging infrastructure made available through Senate Bill 448, which was brought forward by the Nevada legislature and signed into law by Governor Sisolak,” said Marie Steele, Vice President of Electrification and Energy Services at NV Energy. “We hope to be able to help more school districts acquire cost-saving, zero emission transportation for their students.”

Another federal funding program that can be utilized for beneficial electrification measures will be directed to local governments. Large municipalities will receive some funding directly. State energy offices will administer funding geared toward smaller cities. The Nevada Governor's Office of Energy (NGOE) has extensive experience in optimizing financial resources to help reduce energy costs and reducing pollution.

“Energy efficiency and electrification of the built environment and transportation sector are priorities for our office as we seek to use policies outlined in the State Climate Strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across Nevada’s economy,” Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy (GOE) Director David Bobzien said. “I am pleased our staff can participate in “Electrify Nevada” to review our current and planned activities to help cut energy costs in various sectors while reducing emissions in the built environment.”

“Nevada’s consumer-owned utilities are deeply rooted in the communities they serve and are always looking to bring innovative solutions to folks at the end of the line. We look forward to being part of “Electrify Nevada” and finding cost-effective new opportunities to help residential consumers and rural businesses alike save energy and money.”

The entire agenda and registration is at For more information, contact Tom Polikalas, 775-386-7411 or

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