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SWEEP Gains Audience with Energy Efficiency Day 2018 Outreach
October 8, 2018
On Friday, Oct. 5, the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) joined several other national and regional energy efficiency groups in celebrating Energy Efficiency Day 2018. SWEEP published two op-eds, helped place a third opinion piece, participated in a national social media push, issued two news releases, and earned additional media coverage including three TV stories in northern Nevada.
New Mexicans Have Reason to Celebrate National Energy Efficiency Day Oct. 5
October 4, 2018
Southwest Energy Efficiency Project and Environment New Mexico are celebrating National Energy Efficiency Day today by reminding New Mexicans of the numerous benefits of energy efficiency. Energy efficiency saves money, conserves water, reduces pollution, and create jobs, said the two clean energy organizations. “This is a day to recognize and celebrate all the advantages of energy efficiency including lower bills, improved comfort at home and...
Arizonans Have Reason to Celebrate National Energy Efficiency Day Oct. 5; But savings may be jeopardized if utilities cut back programs
October 4, 2018
Arizonans today can celebrate how energy efficiency helps them save money, conserve water, and create jobs by joining National Energy Efficiency Day 2018, said the state’s leading clean energy organizations. “This is a day to recognize all the advantages of energy efficiency in saving consumers money and creating jobs,” said Jeff Schlegel, Arizona representative for the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP). “At a time...
Study Shows Sensible Rules Needed for Self-Driving Cars
September 25, 2018
Self-driving cars (also called autonomous vehicles or AVs) offer tremendous promise but need to be deployed correctly to avoid causing more problems than they solve, says a just released report from the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP). “The lingo in the transportation wonk world is that driverless cars could lead to a 'heaven or a hell' scenario. We as a nation and in our communities need to get this policy right,” said...
Salt River Project Surpasses FY 2018 Energy Efficiency Goal
September 24, 2018
Salt River Project (SRP) reported that its energy efficiency programs resulted in 2.14 percent savings (as a percentage of retail sales) in fiscal year 2018, surpassing its goal of 2.0 percent savings. The utility achieved total savings of 628.5 gigawatt-hours (GWh) per year, 10 percent more than savings achieved the previous program year. The FY 2018 savings are equivalent to the amount of power consumed by about 35,000 typical homes. SRP serves about 1.0...
GoEV Cities Campaign Kicks Off in Colorado and Other EV Event News
September 11, 2018
A coalition of conservation and consumer advocacy organizations is kicking off a new GoEV Cities campaign designed to help local governments support the transition to electric transportation. The campaign is asking local governments to adopt the following GoEV City guiding principles and policy commitments: To achieve these goals, local governments can introduce a range of EV policies and programs that are designed to educate the public on the...
News Story: SWEEP's Report Shows Public Transit Helps Mountain and Rural Communities
September 11, 2018
How does public transit help mountain and rural communities in the Southwest? Read the article in the Aspen Daily News about SWEEP's recent report that shows the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority  generates economic benefits of between $67 million and $88 million annually in Pitkin and Garfield Counties, Colorado.   
Public transit isn’t just for metro areas; it’s vital to Colorado’s rural reaches, too
September 6, 2018
In his op-ed that ran in today's Colorado Politics, Will Toor explains why rural Colorado needs public transit, too. Dr. Toor, who heads SWEEP's transportation program, also explained that public transit is vital for low-income people to be able to get to their jobs in communities as diverse as Aspen, Colorado Springs, Rifle, Glenwood Springs, and Grand Junction. Earlier this month, he published a report showing that the Roaring Fork Transporation...
SWEEP Joins Vision for Colorado’s Energy and Conservation Future
September 6, 2018
On September 6, SWEEP and seven other clean energy and environment groups launched a Vision for Colorado’s Future. The Vision includes policy recommendations in the areas of fighting climate change, advancing energy innovation, transforming our transportation system, protecting public health and safety, and protecting rivers, public lands, and wilderness. The Vision presents the environmental community’s priorities for state leaders in 2019,...
Transit’s Benefits Documented for Garfield and Pitkin Counties
September 4, 2018
The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) produces millions of dollars more in benefits for Pitkin and Garfield Counties than it costs to fund, says a new report from the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP). The study’s release comes about two months before voters in the two counties will decide whether to raise property taxes to expand RFTA’s services. “We estimate that RFTA’s services bring the two counties...