The City recognizes the need to conserve energy and increase our use of renewable energy sources. As a first step, the City is improving energy efficiency of City buildings and City operations and plans to increase the use of renewable energy sources in the future.
Local & Regional Initiatives
Henderson has partnered with other local jurisdictions and organizations to create the HomeFree Nevada Program. The program helps homeowners identify potential energy saving measures through whole-house energy audits and perform some of the improvements.
Henderson is currently compiling the data necessary to complete a baseline greenhouse gas emissions inventory for 2005. The City has joined ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability to use as a resource as the information is gathered and analyzed. Once complete, the emissions inventory will help the City develop strategies and policies to reduce emissions and assess progress.
The City is currently working with Ameresco, an Energy-Savings Performance Contractor, as part of a long-term citywide project to retrofit existing facilities for energy efficiency. As part of this project the majority of the City's streetlights will be converted to induction lighting technology which uses up to 60% less energy than the current lighting fixtures. As part of the first phase, the City upgraded the Robert A. Swadell Justice Facility with new energy and water saving equipment. The City also completed a conversion of all its traffic signals to light-emitting diodes (LEDs), which use 92% less energy. So far, the energy savings this project has generated is equal to removing 619 cars from the roads or powering 238 homes each year.
The City received $2.2 million in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) direct funding in August 2009 through the Department of Energy. These funds are being managed by Construction Management and Utility Services to complete a variety of renewable energy and efficiency projects at City facilities including the Silver Springs Recreation Center and the City of Henderson Emergency Services Facility. A portion of the funds will also be used to support HomeFree Nevada, a regional energy efficiency retrofit program.
Henderson joined forces with other public and private entities in the region to create an umbrella organization known as Green Chips. This organization is designed to coordinate investment in conservation and renewable energy projects, provide an information and referral source for new environmental sustainability efforts, and stimulate the creation of green jobs in the local economy.
Additional Information & Resources
All forms of energy production have consequences. Although nuclear energy is considered an attractive alternative to coal and other fossil fuels, the resulting waste must be managed in a safe and cost effective manner. The Yucca Mountain Repository in Nevada is one solution that has been under development for several years. As part of the safety measures being conducted by the Department of Energy, the Clark County Nuclear Waste Office was established. This office manages local outreach efforts and supports the Clark County Monitoring Program, which measures key indicators of the local economy, environment, and quality of life to set a baseline and quantify any potential impacts if the repository is completed.
Wonder what your personal greenhouse gas emissions are? Get an idea by using the household emissions calculator on the Environmental Protection Agency's Greenhouse Gas Emissions website.
Learn more about energy efficient products and home improvement projects through the Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star Program.
Check out federal rebates, tax credits, and financing offered by the Department of Energy and state assistance programs offered by the State of Nevada Office of Energy for energy efficient improvements and purchases.
UNLV is following through on its commitment to renewable energy research, education, and economic development through its Solar Energy Initiative. The program uses partnerships and collaborative research efforts to position Southern Nevada as a center for solar energy development and innovation.
If every U.S. household would swap five of its most-used incandescent light bulbs for compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), annual energy costs would be cut by $6.5 billion, saving each family about $60 per year. In terms of greenhouse gas emissions, this would be equivalent to taking 8 million cars off the road. - United States EPA Energy Star Program.