understand the impact

Rise Gold's plan calls for an estimated 42 billion watt hours per year (GWH), which is about 12% of what Nevada County uses in a year. The plans also calls for significant use of fossil fuels which contribute to greenhouse gas and climate change. 

The Nevada County Environment Action Plan calls for a significant reduction of residential electric use. As it turns out, that plan calls for a reduction of 42 GWH annually by 2035, the exact same yearly usage as the mine. In other words, the mine would completely erase our planned gains.

We already struggle with power shutoffs when PG&E can’t keep up with the demand on scorching hot summer days, not to mention our new reality of Public Safety Power Shutdowns (PSPS). Dramatic increases in demand may cause power interruptions for local businesses and people who need medical support.


Here are some talking points that can help.

  • Electric usage would be roughly 12% of Nevada County's yearly energy consumption.

  • Ongoing energy consumption would be roughly equivalent to adding 5000 new homes.

  • The Mine would completely eliminate the County's planned gains in its Environment Action Plan. 

  • We need to ask whether this project will overburden our power grid and/or who is going to pay for it.


Gold mining is a huge energy drain. Mine usage would be roughly equivalent to 12% of what the whole County uses today, and completely erases planned gains in our Environmental Action Plan.

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12% of County power use

The mine calls for massive energy usage- roughly 12% of what all Nevada County uses annually- which would strain our power grid and completely erase the county's plans to cut power consumption and curb climate change.