Around the State: February 2023

CCSD’s first electric school bus goes into service

Clark County School District (CCSD) has introduced Nevada’s first electric school bus. The bus was purchased with grants from NV Energy and the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP). The district has the largest owned and operated fleet of school buses in the country, transporting 125,000 students each school day. The electric buses are expected to save about $60 per day in fuel and cost about $10.61 per day to charge at current rates. The district expects to replace more diesel buses in the future. A second electric bus was purchased through a grant from the Clark County Division of Air Quality and is expected to be operational in the second half of the year.

Southern Nevada home prices end 2022 with a return to 2021 numbers

A report released by Las Vegas Realtors ® (LVR) shows that the southern Nevada real estate market ended the year with house prices in line with December 2021 numbers. The median price for existing single-family homes sold in December was $425,000, down 1.4 percent from November and in line with the December 2021 median price. The all-time record for a single-family home in southern Nevada was set in May last year for $482,000.

Department of Energy offers conditional commitment for lithium project

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Loan Programs Office (LPO) has offered Ioneer Rhyolite Ridge a conditional commitment to a loan of up to $700 million. The loan will be used to develop a domestic supply of lithium carbonate for electric vehicle (EV) batteries from the Rhyolite Ridge lithium-boron project in Esmeralda County. Upon closing, the loan would fund on-site processing of lithium carbonate and potentially support the production of approximately 370,000 electric vehicles per year.

Goettl acquires a Reno-based company

Goettl Air Conditioning and Plumbing has acquired Nevada Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Fireplace, Inc. of Reno as part of an ongoing acquisition-growth strategy. The company has announced annual growth of over 30 percent and plans to continue expanding into three to four new markets with at least 10 more acquisitions. Over the past year, Göttl has added offices in Texas and California.

Cox launches national cell phone service

Cox Communications has launched Cox Mobile, a mobile phone service available to Cox internet customers. The service introduced two basic data plans with unlimited talk and text and no term agreements. Cox Mobile enables connections between 5G, Cox home internet and 4 million Cox WiFi hotposts nationwide.