Waterpower Energy Systems Demonstration Program

The Nevada Legislature created the Waterpower Energy Systems Demonstration Program (“Waterpower Program”) during the 2007 legislative session to encourage the development of renewable energy. The Waterpower Program requires public utilities that supply electricity in Nevada to develop and administer programs that offer rebates for eligible waterpower energy systems installed by customers for agricultural use, and by Indian tribes and tribal organizations that are customers of the utility. The Legislature’s goal is to have 5 megawatts of waterpower energy systems in Nevada by 2016.

  • The Waterpower Program is defined by the Legislature in NRS 701B.700 - 701B.880.
  • The PUCN regulates the Waterpower Program through regulations adopted in NAC 701B.600 - 701B.720 and through examining the utilities' annual plan filings.
  • The Waterpower Program is subject to changes made by the Nevada Legislature and the PUCN. 
  • The Waterpower Program is funded by ratepayers through the Renewable Energy Program Rate charge on their monthly bills.
  • Customers who receive an incentive payment for a qualifying waterpower system must assign ownership of the portfolio energy credits ("PECs") generated by the system to the electric utility administering the incentive program.
  • For information about participating in a waterpower rebate program, visit NV Energy's website for details about its HydroGenerations incentive program.