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New Fort Collins Policy Helps Building Owners and Tenants View and Reduce Energy Use
December 7, 2018
The City of Fort Collins in northern Colorado became the 25th city nationally to adopt benchmarking and transparency policy for commercial and multifamily buildings. The new program, called Building Energy and Water Scoring, passed City Council this week with a 6-1 vote. A benchmarking and transparency policy is one of the most effective actions a municipality can take to increase energy efficiency in existing buildings, by giving commercial and multifamily...
Nevada PUC Approves Changes to Energy Efficiency Regulations
December 6, 2018
The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) has finalized changes to regulations in order to implement energy efficiency legislation adopted by the Nevada legislature in 2017. The new regulations include a goal of saving at least 1.1 percent of forecasted energy sales from electric utility energy efficiency programs starting in 2022. The goal starts in 2022 because the Commission has already approved electric utility demand-side management (DSM) program...
Denver’s “Community Builder” Award Recognizes Southwest Energy Efficiency Project
December 4, 2018
The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), a nonprofit advancing energy efficiency programs and policies in the Southwest, was honored with a top award from the City and County of Denver for its role as “Community Builder.” The award was presented by the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability at the Sustainable Denver Summit, held November 29, 2018 at the Colorado Convention Center.  “SWEEP is very grateful to the City and...
SWEEP Awards Steve Bean 2018 Leadership in Energy Efficiency Award
December 4, 2018
At its annual workshop last week in Santa Fe, N.M., the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) presented its annual Leadership in Energy Efficiency Award to Steve Bean, Manager of Energy Efficiency Design at Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM). Since Mr. Bean took the helm at PNM’s efficiency programs more than a decade ago, the company has helped customers save 620 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year as of 2017, enough to...
SWEEP Praises Colorado’s $10.33 Million Grant to Build 33 Fast-Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles
November 29, 2018
On Thursday, Nov. 29, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper announced a $10.33 million ALT Fuels Colorado grant through the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) to build a network of 33 electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging stations along the state’s major transportation corridors. The contract was awarded to Chargepoint, a company that currently operates the largest network of EV charging stations in the world. In 2017, the governors of eight western states...
Flagstaff Climate Action and Adaptation Plan Includes Energy Efficiency
November 20, 2018
The Flagstaff City Council voted unanimously to adopt the city's new Climate Action and Adaptation Plan at its regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 20. SWEEP served as a stakeholder to inform the city on how building codes, energy efficiency programs, and electric vehicles will support Flagstaff in its sustainability and climate mitigation goals. “Many of these programs will help make Flagstaff more resilient to the effects of climate change,...
SWEEP Applauds Colorado’s New Clean Car Rules
November 16, 2018
(Boulder, CO) Nov. 16, 2018 – Colorado’s new clean car rules, adopted today by the state’s Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC), will reduce air pollution and improve public health, said Matt Frommer, transportation senior associate at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP). The 8-0 vote (with one recusal) means Colorado will adopt California’s low-emission vehicle (LEV) standards for passenger cars and medium-duty vehicles. Under...
Boulder County Is the First Local Government Anywhere to Adopt a GoEV Resolution
November 13, 2018
The Boulder County, Colorado, Commissioners voted unanimously today (Tuesday, Nov. 13) to adopt a GoEV Resolution (2018-120), becoming the first local government to join the GoEV Cities and Counties campaign.  These goals include plans to electrify the county fleet, transit and school buses, taxis and ride-share companies, and all passenger vehicles in the community in the coming decades. Will Toor, SWEEP’s transportation program director,...
Clean Energy Advocates Hail Outcome of Nevada Energy-Related Ballot Measures; The measures will assure Nevada’s transition to efficiency and renewable energy to power the state’s economy
November 7, 2018
  Carson City, NV (Nov. 7, 2018) – Today, four clean energy advocacy groups, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, Western Resource Advocates, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Sierra Club, lauded the results of two energy-related measures on the Nevada ballot. Voters’ approval of Question 6 and rejection of Question 3 confirms that Nevadans want cleaner air and a strong clean energy economy. Howard Geller, SWEEP’s...
Rocky Mountain Power Takes Step to Lower Energy-Savings Targets
November 2, 2018
SALT LAKE CITY – Energy efficiency is a vital energy “resource” just like solar energy and natural gas power plants, and according to a recent international report, increasing global energy efficiency is a central strategy to combat climate change. However, efforts to save energy are slowing in Utah. A report filed with the Utah Public Service Commission (Docket No. 18-035-27) on November 1 shows that instead of increasing energy...