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Arizona Joins EV Charging Plan, Creating Eight-State Regional Corridor

PHOENIX, AZ (Oct. 20, 2017) -- SWEEP applauds Arizona for joining seven other states in the region to encourage adoption and use of electric vehicles (EVs). The Memorandum of Understanding, signed also by the governors of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, calls for the states to cooperate in developing locations to recharge electric vehicles along more than 5,000 miles of interstate highways throughout the Southwest and Rocky Mountains.

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SWEEP Submits Critique of APS’ 2017 Integrated Resource Plan
October 20, 2017
On October 16, SWEEP submitted detailed comments to the Arizona Corporation Commission on the 2017 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) prepared by Arizona Public Service Company (APS). SWEEP found that APS’ Plan is weighted too heavily to new supply-side resources and in particular new gas-fired power plants, and is biased against energy efficiency and other demand-side management (DSM) resources. Consequently the Plan would unnecessarily increase costs...
Reno Brightens Its Future with Energy-Efficient Buildings Push
October 19, 2017
On October 18, 2017, the City of Reno launched REENERGIZE RENO, its ambitious program to improve the efficiency of commercial, industrial and multifamily buildings by 20 percent by 2025. REENERGIZE RENO is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge, designed to cut energy waste in large buildings. Reno joins 45 pioneering cities working to boost local economies and reduce climate pollution by facilitating energy efficiency...
Conservation Groups Applaud Seven-State Pact to Develop EV Charging Corridors
October 5, 2017
(Denver, CO) OCT. 4, 2017 -- The seven-state agreement to develop “charging corridors” for electric vehicles (EVs) will help cleanse the West’s air and save consumers money, according to several regional energy efficiency and conservation groups. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) announced Oct. 4 by the governors of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming calls for the states to cooperate in developing locations...
Southwest Cities Join Nationwide Push to Save Energy, Money and Earth; Second annual EE Day urges Americans to take simple, affordable actions
October 4, 2017
(Boulder, CO) Oct. 4, 2017 – Cities and organizations around the Southwest -- including Salt Lake City, UT and Denver and Boulder, CO -- announced their support for the second annual national Energy Efficiency Day (EE Day) on October 5, 2017. The day promotes affordable, simple ways that communities, businesses and individuals can save money by saving energy. “Energy efficiency is the most cost-effective form of energy available. In our arid...
Steamboat Springs and Routt County, CO, adopt updated building energy codes
September 21, 2017
The City Council of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, has approved adoption of the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), while the County Commissioners in surrounding Routt County also have voted to approve an amended 2015 IECC. SWEEP funded trainings and worked with a large stakeholder group over the past year to advance the energy code in the northwest part of Colorado, in coordination with the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council, the Colorado...
Colorado VW Plan Supports Transition to Electric Vehicles
September 13, 2017
The Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE) has released a draft plan on how the state will allocate approximately $70 million in funding that the state will receive as part of the settlement of the VW emissions cheating scandal. The settlement funds are designed to reduce air pollution from vehicles, in order to mitigate the effects of the non-compliant, diesel-fueled Volkswagens. “The state’s draft plan, released...
SWEEP Applauds Denver for Putting Forward a Comprehensive, Strong Climate Strategy
September 7, 2017
On Sept.6, the City and County of Denver issued its 80 x 50 Climate Goal: Stakeholder Report, a draft strategy for achieving Mayor Michael Hancock’s goal of reducing the city’s greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. The draft strategy includes the following proposals: Adopt an ordinance requiring cost-effective building retrofits to cut energy use in commercial buildings 20 percent by 2030, with 90 percent of buildings completing...
Salt Lake City Adopts Commercial Building Benchmarking, Transparency Rules
September 7, 2017
The Salt Lake City Council has adopted new rules that will help building tenants, investors and owners track (or benchmark) energy use, a move that could improve the city’s energy savings and air quality. The new ordinance requires owners of commercial buildings larger than 25,000 square feet to provide the city with an annual measure of their energy usage. SWEEP and its partner, Utah Clean Energy, advocated for the measure and provided useful...
Reno Adopts Better Building Challenge
September 7, 2017
The City of Reno, NV, has taken its first initiative to curb climate pollution by launching a city-led Better Buildings Challenge. The resolution, adopted Aug. 23, 2017 on a unanimous council vote, means Reno will start a voluntary leadership program targeting commercial, institutional, multi-family and industrial buildings. Reno’s building challenge program is an element of its City Energy Project plan, a national push to reduce air pollution...
SWEEP Creates Database for Zero-Energy Buildings in the Southwest
September 1, 2017
SWEEP has published a database of Zero Energy Buildings in the Southwest. This information provides a view at the level of zero-energy construction in the Southwest, which buildings have reached Zero Net Energy, and those that are on the path to zero energy use. The database includes both residential and commercial buildings on the path to zero. When looking at the U.S. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program, the six states in the SWEEP region (AZ,CO, NV,...

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