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New Report: Compact Development in Boulder Critical to Meet Climate and Air Pollution Goals
August 8, 2019
(Boulder,CO) - Compact development, especially along heavily used transit corridors and around established commercial centers, would provide Boulder with a number of critical environmental benefits, including reduced air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from commuters who travel into Boulder via car.  According to the new report by Colorado-based advocacy groups, CoPIRG Foundation, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), and Environment...
SWEEP Joins More Than 20 Organizations to Propose Extended Efficiency Standard, New Clean Energy Rules For Arizona
August 1, 2019
Earlier this week, SWEEP joined a coalition of 25 organizations to propose a comprehensive clean energy plan for adoption by the Arizona Corporation Commission. The proposed rules require: The two dozen signatories represent consumer, faith, business, environmental, public health, and tribal community interests who worked collaboratively over the last several months to draft the proposal. On energy efficiency, the Joint Stakeholder proposal...
Southwestern States Win Federal Grants For Deploying Electric Buses And Charging Infrastructure
July 29, 2019
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration recently announced the selection of projects being awarded federal funds under the Low or No Emission Grants Program. The FTA received 155 proposals from 38 states and the District of Columbia that requested a total of $498 million. Ultimately, the FTA chose to fund 38 projects totaling $85 million from that large pool of applicants, and Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico...
Groups Unite in Urging ACC to Adopt Strong Clean Energy Plan for Arizonans
July 29, 2019
(Phoenix, Ariz.) – More than two dozen groups representing consumer, faith, business, environmental, public health, and tribal community interests today submitted a joint proposal (8.1 MB File) for a strong clean energy plan to utility regulators at the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC). The commission will hold an energy rules stakeholder meeting in Phoenix on Wednesday, July 31. The groups are urging the ACC to increase the...
New Scorecard Ranks Cities on Energy Efficiency and Climate Policies
July 25, 2019
(DENVER, CO) – U.S. cities are increasingly ramping up their energy efficiency efforts, notably with stricter energy-saving rules for buildings, but unfortunately only a few cities appear on track to meet their community-wide climate goals, according to the 2019 City Clean Energy Scorecard, released today by the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).   The Scorecard includes ten cities in the Southwest,...
Emerging Home Energy Technologies Highlighted Aug. 1
July 25, 2019
(HENDERSON, NEV.) - New homes built in Nevada are increasingly energy efficient with the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy leading the way by adopting the most recent International Energy Conservation Code (2018 IECC). Most local jurisdictions in Nevada have also adopted the 2018 IECC—which saves homeowners an estimated $360 a year on utility bills as compared to homes built to the 2009 standard, according to a U.S. Department of Energy study. There...
Arizona Corporation Commission Approves TEP’s Energy Efficiency Implementation Plan Through 2020
July 11, 2019
On July 10th, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) voted unanimously to approve Tucson Electric Power’s (TEP) Energy Efficiency Plan through the end of 2020. With this vote TEP will maintain a budget of more than $22 million for its efficiency programs. According to TEP, these programs have historically delivered more than $5 in benefits for every $1 invested. SWEEP testified at the Commission’s Open Meeting on July 10, 2019, in support of...
Arizona Corporation Commission Approves New Policy for Electric Vehicle Investments and Programs
July 10, 2019
The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) voted to approve an Electric Vehicle (EV) Policy Implementation Plan. The plan provides next steps for regulated utilities to design and propose EV pilot programs and to support a stakeholder engagement process to develop a long-term transportation electrification plan for the state. This vote allows Arizona Public Service Company (APS), Tucson Electric Power (TEP), and other regulated utilities to propose EV pilot...
Consumer and Conservation Groups Applaud Arizona Corporation Commission’s Approval of Implementation Plan to Electrify Transportation
July 10, 2019
(Phoenix, AZ) – Western Resource Advocates, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, Arizona PIRG Education Fund, and Wildfire Arizona welcomed the Arizona Corporation Commission’s (ACC) approval today of a plan that fosters electric vehicle use, charging infrastructure development, and innovative rate designs for electric vehicle (EV) charging. The ACC measure encourages electric utilities to develop pilot programs for EVs, to invest in...
Court Gives Colorado Green Light for Clean Car Standards
July 8, 2019
(Denver, CO) – Today, the District Court for the City and County of Denver rejected a challenge seeking to block implementation of more protective pollution standards for passenger vehicles. (Case Number 2019 CV30343) Last November, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission adopted Regulation #20, the Colorado Low Emission Automobile Regulation (or CLEAR). The rule requires automobile manufacturers to build vehicles that achieve...