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How to Improve I-25 Traffic Without Spending Big Bucks

Many Colorado drivers complain about the traffic on Interstate 25 through metro Denver. But Colorado doesn’t have money to add new lanes to I-25, and even if it did, motorists would see only temporary benefits until traffic increased so much that even the new lanes would become snarled. Now, a report from the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) explains how to use market forces to improve the highway for the long-term, all at a reasonable cost.

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New SWEEP Report Examines Valuation of Electricity Savings
August 17, 2017
SWEEP has published a new report titled Time-Sensitive Valuation of Electricity Savings in the Southwest. This report reviews the methodologies that electric utilities in the Southwest use to value the avoided costs (i.e., determine the benefits) of their energy efficiency and other demand-side management programs. The report also presents the actual value of energy savings for different types of programs implemented by the Southwest utilities, and provides...
Affordable Energy for All: A Plan to Expand Energy Efficiency Benefits for Low-Income Salt Lake City Residents
August 14, 2017
A new report completed by SWEEP’s partner Utah Clean Energy recommends ways that Salt Lake City can expand energy efficiency improvements in low-income housing. The report reviews current low-income energy services and provides five recommendations for steps the city can take to increase the number of low-income families that benefit from home energy retrofits. The report was requested by Salt Lake City and prepared through U.S. Department of Energy...
Southwest Energy Codes Expert Shaunna Mozingo Receives National Energy Codes Honor
August 7, 2017
A member of the Colorado Energy Codes Collaborative and Regional Codes Leadership Group, Shaunna Mozingo, has received one of the nation’s top awards for advancing energy codes. Shaunna received the 2017 Jeffrey A. Johnson Award for Excellence in Building Energy Codes, presented at the National Energy Codes Conference in Pittsburgh, PA., on July 18, 2017. Shaunna is a key collaborator on the SWEEP building team’s efforts to increase energy...
Rocky Mountain Power Boosts Electricity Savings in Wyoming
July 27, 2017
Rocky Mountain Power, the largest electric utility in Wyoming, reports that its energy efficiency programs helped its customers achieve annual energy savings of over 40 million kilowatt hours (kWh) in 2016. This is a 29 percent increase compared to the savings achieved by the utility’s programs in 2015. Most of the increase in energy savings was due to growing participation by larger oil and natural gas producers. In addition, there was a significant...
New Energy Code Compliance Guide Distributed to Utah Building Industry
July 27, 2017
Close to 200 Utah municipal building code officials, building inspectors, plan reviewers, and residential contractors now have a guide to help them comply with Utah’s latest residential energy efficiency code. The state adopted an amended version of the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code in March 2016, with specific changes becoming effective between July 2016 and January 2021. State energy code trainer Brent Ursenbach developed the guide...
Denver Mayor Adopts New Mobility Action Plan
July 11, 2017
On July 10, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced the adoption of a new Mobility Action Plan. It calls for a significant increase in investment in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, expanded public transit including building bus rapid transit on Colfax Avenue and other major corridors; expanding transit pass programs, investing in expanded electric vehicle infrastructure, and doubling the growth rate of electric vehicle adoption in the city.  SWEEP...
SWEEP Applauds Gov. Hickenlooper for Issuing Clean Energy and Climate Executive Order
July 11, 2017
On July 11, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper took a bold step forward to combat the threat that climate change poses to the state and the nation.  He has set economy-wide and electricity sector goals for reducing carbon pollution in Colorado, set meaningful policies for reducing emissions from the two most polluting sectors (electricity generation and transportation) and has committed to joining the U.S. Climate Alliance, a network of states committed...
Utah Public Service Commission Approves Rocky Mountain Power Plan for Electric Vehicles
July 5, 2017
On June 28, the Utah Public Service Commission approved a docket allowing Rocky Mountain Power to invest $10 million over the next five years in electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure, providing customer education on EVs, and creating pilot time-of-use rates for EVs. RMP will offer incentives up to $7,000 for Level 2 chargers, and up to $63,000 for DC fast chargers.  The final decision incorporated multiple changes suggested by SWEEP and Utah Clean...
Utilities in the Southwest Begin Electric Vehicle Discount Programs
July 5, 2017
Two major utilities in the southwest have teamed up with Nissan to offer their customers $10,000 discounts on Nissan Leafs. In Colorado, Xcel Energy offered a program from March-June, and while final numbers are not yet available, as of mid-June they reported more than 500 vehicles sold. Xcel customers also benefit from the $5,000 point of sale incentive that the Colorado legislature approved in 2016. In Arizona, Salt River Project has a discount...
El Paso Electric Company Achieves New Mexico Energy Savings Requirement Four Years Ahead of Schedule
July 5, 2017
El Paso Electric Company reports that its New Mexico customers saved nearly 106 gigawatt hours in 2016 from cumulative energy efficiency programs implemented by the utility during 2008-16. At this level of energy savings, the utility has already met the state statutory requirement of achieving 8 percent savings (based on 2005 retail electric sales) by 2020 or sooner. El Paso Electric Company is the first electric utility in New Mexico to meet the 2020 energy...

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