Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement touting a new report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Rhodium Group ranking Nevada the top state for clean energy investment over the last year. Cortez Masto has led efforts in the Senate to bring renewable energy to the Silver State, creating a battery manufacturing and recycling program that has brought more than $100 million in federal funding to Nevada, authoring a vital solar and geothermal tax credit that helped Nevada become the number 1 solar economy in the country, and championing the state’s mining industry and the tens of thousands of good-paying jobs it supports.
“Nevada is leading the way in clean energy, bringing in thousands of good-paying jobs and supporting working families throughout my state,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “From boosting our critical mineral supply chain to investing in innovative technologies, I’ll continue working to keep Nevada at the forefront of our clean energy future.”
The ranking for total clean energy investment is based on the combination of each state’s clean technology manufacturing, clean energy generation, and clean energy retail purchases.
Senator Cortez Masto has consistently worked to support Nevada’s battery supply chain and clean energy industry, which has created nearly 42,000 good-paying clean energy jobs across Nevada. Through her Innovation State Initiative, Senator Cortez Masto has been a proponent of renewable and sustainable energy, passing bipartisan legislation to promote Nevada’s mining and emerging battery industries and set up a sustainable critical mineral supply chain, and leading efforts in the Senate to create good-paying solar energy jobs. Cortez Masto recently announced that the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) has been designated as a Tech Hub for innovation and job creation.