If you’ve ever seen the bright lights of Las Vegas, you may have wondered—between drinks—what a massive amount of electricity it must take to power the entire city.
Behind the scenes, NV Energy is working tirelessly to keep the city up and running, while keeping a close eye on the resulting environmental impact. NV Energy provides electricity to 2.4 million citizens throughout Nevada as well as a state tourist population exceeding 40 million annually. Among the many communities served are Las Vegas, Reno-Sparks, Henderson, Elko, and parts of California.
Recently, Christine Klimek, senior environmental scientist at NV Energy, shared some of the environmental compliance issues her company faces.
With 10 facilities and over 2,000 vehicles, NV Energy is the largest utility in the state of Nevada in addition to being a retail energy provider for California. As such, it tracks greenhouse gases (GHG) for mandatory EPA reporting and the AB 32 rule, as well as for voluntary reasons.
NV Energy is faced with various challenges: it not only pulls data from different sources throughout the state, but also collects many types of data. It covers a huge territory, with purchased power making up a lot of its portfolio, so it must also track those sources. For a full look at its GHG profile, it needs to collect the last 10 percent of emissions (CO2 makes up 90 percent of emissions); this encompasses environmental data on fleet vehicles, emergency units, building electricity units, etc.
With Enviance, NV Energy is better equipped to manage its environmental data; as a result, it has already cut the time spent on data collection in preparation for reporting by 50 percent.