Back-to-School Spending Expected to Exceed $369 Million in Nevada
According to the Retail Association of Nevada (RAN), back-to-school shoppers are expected to spend over $369 million on new clothes, backpacks and school supplies to gear up for the new academic year. With the school year starting last month in most Nevada schools, back-to-school shopping is second only to holiday shopping as the biggest retail event of the year. Nationally, the average house is expected to spend $942 with electronics generally the biggest spending category.
Tier II for Net Energy Metering Excess Energy Credit Has Been Opened
Early last month, the applied-for and actually-installed capacity for the rooftop solar net energy metering (NEM) program in Nevada exceeded a combined total of 80 megawatts under the Tier 1 excess energy credit rate structure, leading to the opening of Tier II. Customers in Tier II of the program will receive an excess energy credit of 88 percent of the retail rate for the net excess electricity sent back to the grid and beyond what was delivered to them by NV Energy over the monthly billing period.
CIS of Northeastern Nevada Receives Donation for Tele-Mental Health Counseling
Communities in Schools (CIS) of Northeastern Nevada has received a $10,000 donation from the Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital to support a tele-mental health counseling program in Elko County schools. The donation will allow CIS to continue partnering with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to provide rural communities access to mental health services for students 12 years and older.
First 15 Miles of Interstate-11 Opens
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) and Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) opened the first 15 miles of Interstate-11 (I-11) last month. The $318 million project at the Nevada-Arizona border is the first step in connecting Las Vegas and Phoenix, opening up a major trade route between Canada and Mexico. Currently, Las Vegas and Phoenix are the only cities with over a million residents not connected by an interstate highway. I-11 broke ground in 2015 and has been funded with $249.2 million in federal funds, $5 million in state funds and nearly $63.8 million in Clark County Fuel Revenue Indexing funds.