Experts, Lawmakers Talk Clean Energy in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- For the third year, UNLV hosted the National Clean Energy Summit which focused on bringing green jobs to Americans and Nevadans.

The Center for American Progress Action Fund and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid organized the Tuesday event.

Senator Reid said a greater push behind renewable energy would ease the nation's security problems and help overcome economic woes.

"We have 86 new projects now. Not projects on the drawing board, but actual projects now so these jobs are here, but as we heard the potential is unlimited," said Senator Harry Reid, (D) Nevada.

It's that potential students like Iani Batilov who's minoring in the Solar and Renewable Energy program at UNLV are banking on.

"I want to hear that they are working hard to make the technology and the means for students and people who want to get a gateway into this industry and what they are doing to help us grow," said Batilov, UNLV student. He said he wishes Reid and others on the panel would not just talk about the plans, but offer ways on how to find these green jobs.

"Show us the proper path and give us access to the information and opportunities so we can contribute ourselves," he added.

Student Michael Fildes was at the summit too, but he feels the jobs will be out there by the time he graduates. "I feel like they will be out there, it may take a few years, but I have faith there's going to be a job out there for me, said Fildes.

Keynote speakers during the daylong event included senior White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee and environmentalist and EarthEcho chief executive Philippe Cousteau.

MGM Mirage and NV Energy executives were also at the summit and shared how renewable energy has created jobs and will cut costs to customers in the future.

 


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