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  • About 88% of the energy Nevada consumes comes from outside the state.
  • Nevada's largest generating plant uses high-efficiency natural gas combined-cycle technology and recycles three-fourths of the water it uses, minimizing the use of the state's scarce water resources. In 2016, 73% of the state's electricity generation came from natural gas.
  • Nevada ranked second in the nation in utility-scale net electricity generation from geothermal energy and fourth in utility-scale net generation from solar energy in 2016; 16.2% of Nevada’s utility-scale net electricity generation in 2016 came from those two sources.
  • Nevada's Energy Portfolio Standard requires that 25% of electricity sales come from renewable energy resources by 2025; in 2016, 21.6% of Nevada's utility-scale net electricity generation came from geothermal, solar, wind, biomass, and hydroelectric power sources.
  • In 2016, geothermal resources fueled more than 44% of Nevada's renewably sourced electricity generation and nearly 10% of Nevada's total net electricity generation,  a larger share than in any other state. 

Last Updated: December 21, 2017

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