The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) is a
public interest organization promoting greater energy
efficiency in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico,
Utah, and Wyoming. This is a high growth region where
energy efficiency efforts have been lagging compared to
some other regions, air pollution is a growing concern,
and new power plants are planned including some new
coal-fired power plants.
SWEEP focused initially on utility energy efficiency
policy and programs along with the promotion of combined
heat and power systems. Programs on buildings and
transportation efficiency were subsequently added.
In 2010, SWEEP initiated new programs to improve energy
efficiency in the industrial sector, and provide
technical assistance to states, counties and cities that
received federal stimulus funding for energy efficiency
projects. SWEEP collaborates with utilities, state
agencies, local governments, environmental groups,
universities, private businesses, and other energy
SWEEP was founded in 2001 by Howard Geller, who
previously served as the Executive Director of the
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy in
Washington, DC. Major funding for SWEEP has been
generously provided by the Energy Foundation, Hewlett
Foundation, Edwards Mother Earth
Foundation, Colorado Governor's Energy Office, U.S.
Department of Energy, and U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, and Anonymous.