Desert city saves residents millions on energy bills, earns SWEEP’s 2018 Energy Codes Count Award
Thu, 03/15/2018 - 02:50 PM
Energy codes matter: In 2016, the residential and commercial sectors devoured about 40 percent of total U.S. energy consumption (or roughly 39 quadrillion British thermal units), the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in a May 2017 report. That voracious appetite can be reduced, though, if homes and commercial buildings include the latest efficiency technologies, such as “smart” thermostats, high-quality insulation, and advanced heating, ventilation, and cooling systems. This year, we’re presenting the Energy Codes Count award to Henderson, NV. In 2014, Henderson adopted the 2012 IECC, which at the time was the newest version of the code. In the four years since adopting the new IECC, Henderson has saved its residents and businesses about $2.3 million on utility bills and reduced the community’s greenhouse gas emissions by about 30,254 metric tons, according to SWEEP’s analysis.
Helping Cannabis Growers Save Energy
Fri, 12/29/2017 - 11:17 AM
Indoor cannabis grow operations can be very energy intensive, using about ten times the amount of energy per square foot as a typical office building. In states where either medical or recreational cannabis is legal, utilities can achieve big energy savings by proactively engaging with these customers.
SWEEP just released a new report on this topic, “A Budding Opportunity: Energy efficiency best practices for cannabis grow operations.” Three leading utilities in the Northwest are reaping ...
City tackles DOE's Better Buildings Challenge
Mon, 10/23/2017 - 07:00 AM
Reno embraced Nevada’s newly re-invigorated push toward cleaner energy when the city launched REENERGIZE RENO, its ambitious program to improve the efficiency of municipal, commercial, industrial and multifamily buildings by 20 percent by 2025. The move shows how local governments, coupled with forward-looking state policies, can reduce pollution, conserve water, curb climate change, and create jobs even as they help consumers and businesses save money.
REENERGIZE RENO is part of the U.S. ...
SWEEP documents how utility programs help consumers, businesses and the environment
Fri, 10/06/2017 - 12:06 PM
SWEEP’s updated and just-published fact sheets show the benefits to consumers and the environment from energy efficiency programs implemented by electric utilities in five states: Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. SWEEP’s full paper, reviewing the history and effects of these programs, can be read here. Some of the information deserves emphasis and is summarized in this blog.
The fact sheets and paper demonstrate that electric utilities in the region have generated enormous ...
Mon, 08/28/2017 - 07:15 AM
Federal energy efficiency programs within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are threatened with devastating budget cuts proposed by the Trump Administration. Should citizens, businesses, and elected officials in the Southwest care? Absolutely!
According to a 2017 DOE report, Southwestern states (AZ, CO, NM, NV, UT, and WY) are home to 123,000 energy efficiency jobs -- more jobs, in fact, than any other segment of the energy industry including oil ...
Hint: It’s Not Fossil Fuels Production
Wed, 07/19/2017 - 01:56 PM
The Powder River Basin in Wyoming is the largest coal-producing region in the U.S. There are tens of thousands of oil and natural gas wells as well as over 1,900 wind turbines operating on the Eastern Plains of Colorado. Eastern New Mexico is a major oil and gas producing region, and large-scale solar power plants are sprouting up across the desert Southwest. But which segment of energy industry supports the most jobs in the energy-rich Southwest?
Answer: It’s the energy efficiency industry, ...
Leading companies trim emissions
Wed, 06/14/2017 - 02:49 PM
In the wake of the president’s unfortunate and misguided decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate change agreement, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has assembled an alliance of 12 states, over 150 cities and counties, and over 1,200 businesses and investors, with the goal of achieving the U.S. Paris goals despite the president’s withdrawal. Some experts estimate that this alliance could achieve as much as 60 to 70 percent of the U.S. Paris goal.
The industrial sector ...
States, local governments must pick up the slack
Fri, 01/13/2017 - 02:04 PM
On the eve of Donald Trump's inauguration as 45th President, he has nominated Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator, and Rick Perry as Energy Secretary. If the adage "personnel is policy" holds true, energy efficiency and clean energy will face a tough four years with respect to federal policy. While it's too early to know what specific actions the Trump Administration will take, it's reasonable to assume that the Clean Power Plan will fall by the wayside; use ...
It's the first national Energy Efficiency Day: Get on board via social media.
Fri, 09/09/2016 - 04:25 PM
On October 5, 2016, a network of organizations and partners across the country will join together to promote the benefits of energy efficiency for the first-ever, nationwide Energy Efficiency Day. You are invited to participate.
Boost the visibility of energy efficiency and talk about its benefits
Showcase people who are doing concrete, effective things to save energy and money
It's all happening this first year on social media, and we've made it easy for ...
Training and Coaching Programs Can Save Significant Energy
Mon, 06/20/2016 - 11:47 AM
As utilities look for new programs to help achieve their energy savings goals, it makes sense to consider enhancing the programs for industrial and other large customers. In addition to prescriptive and custom incentive programs, the best industrial programs include good-quality technical assistance and allow longer time-frames to complete projects. Some programs also offer multi-year planning assistance and bonus incentives to help get larger projects implemented.
Building on this ...
Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:55 PM
Focused on their short-term profitability and survival, many industrial facilities are only willing to invest in energy efficiency projects if they pay for themselves in 1 to 2 years. Yet there are very significant energy savings available in these facilities through projects with payback periods from 2 to 8 years. Several utilities in the Southwest have developed innovative programs that are leveraging this potential and helping industrial customers achieve significant energy efficiency improvements.