Infrastructure & Utilities
Businesses in Nevada enjoy many advantages over those in neighboring states, but perhaps the most important one is reliable and affordable utility services.
Nevada's two investor-owned electric utilities: Nevada Power Co. and Sierra Pacific Power Company (and its holding company, Sierra Pacific Resources), merged in 1999 and continued their business under the name NV Energy.
NV Energy serves 2.4 million Nevadans -- and a state tourist population of approximately 40 million annually. A 54,500-square-mile Nevada service territory stretches north to south from Elko to Laughlin.
Additionally, the company serves more than 46,000 electric customers in the Lake Tahoe-area of California.
NV Energy has 10 natural gas fired generating plants, two coal-fired generating plants and is co-developing a wind generating facility, a geothermal facility and a waste heat recovery plant. With its purchase power agreements, NV Energy – on a per-customer basis – leads the nation in the use of solar and geothermal renewable resources.
Hoover Dam provides about 355 megawatts to the Nevada Power system.
In addition to energy supply, businesses in the area have access to all major long distance and wireless carriers, as well as six interstate fiber optic networks. Carriers provide a wide array of telecommunications services that include local and long distance calling, video conferencing, Web hosting and other data transport services.
Nevada's early adoption of fiber optic technology, including expansive networks of ISDN and other large volume digital transmission infrastructures - along with digital switching - have made the state one of the most sought-after locations in the West.
In addition, several institutions offer specialized training in communications technology:
- The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is home to one of the U.S. Department of Energy's Cray supercomputers, which has the capability of performing more than 11 billion functions in one second.
- The SuperNAP (Network Access Point), a 407,000 square-foot data center in Las Vegas serves as the world’s most powerful data center.
- AT&T continues to build service offerings in rural areas to keep up with business growth;
- The Truckee Meadows has complete SONET Fiber Optic technology.