MGM Grand on leaving its Las Vegas utility

MGM Resorts International has become a leader in large-scale renewable energy installations on its properties. The company's senior vice president and chief sustainability officer, Cindy Ortega, talks about the MGM’s latest charge into the clean energy economy on the mainstage of the VERGE Hawaii conference.

MGM Resorts recently has made to bold move to pay $86.9 million for the right to defect from the Nevada Energy utility in order to provide its own energy production. As the largest energy consumer in Nevada, MGM Resorts faced considerable challenges to this effort. "The bigger story for MGM is about how we don’t let obstacles stop us," said Ortega.

"We are leaving because it’s the next in a natural progression of building a world-class sustainability effort. … It’s about being agile and smarter."