The mission of the Nevada Governor's Office of Energy (GOE) is to ensure the wise development of Nevada's energy resources in harmony with local economic needs and to position Nevada to lead the nation in renewable energy production, energy conservation, and the exportation of energy.
GOE implements the laws as defined in Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) Chapters 701, 701a, and 701b; manages energy-related programs; facilitates cooperation between key stakeholders; advises the Governor on energy policy; and collaborates with our local, regional, and federal partners to ensure a reliable and sustainable energy system.
GOE was originally created as the Nevada State Office of Energy in 1975 through Assembly Bill 500 to implement and plan for energy emergencies and develop programs and projects to encourage efficient energy use in the public and private sector. After reorganizations in 1983 and 1993, as well as the 1997 New Year’s flood damaged northern Nevada’s single source of petroleum, the State of Nevada (in coordination with DOE) determined the emergency support function resided with the state energy office. In 2001, the office became GOE, and the department head became a cabinet-level director position. GOE now operates with 12 employees with focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency and electric vehicles.
In addition to general work under the US Department of Energy (DOE) State Energy Program (SEP) and targeted grant and funding opportunities, GOE oversees energy programs required through statute and those that help to meet the mission of the office in three key areas at the intersection with the Nevada Climate Strategy: energy efficiency, renewable energy, and transportation electrification.