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Arizona Utilities’ Energy Savings Programs Cost the Companies Half the National Average, Says New National Study
June 20, 2018
Arizona’s utilities achieved energy efficiency savings at about half the national average cost, says a new federal report. Electric utilities in Arizona implemented energy efficiency programs at a utility cost of only 1.3 cents per kWh saved, according to a new study issued on June 20, 2018 by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). The LBNL study examined utility energy efficiency programs implemented in 41 states during 2009-15. Considering...
CO to Adopt Clean Car Standards, Aims to Curb Climate Change Pollution and Save Consumers Money
June 19, 2018
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper released an Executive Order on June 19th directing state agencies to initiate a rulemaking at the state Air Quality Control Commission, an action that would have Colorado join California and 12 other states in adopting clean car standards. This comes as the Trump Administration has proposed to weaken existing federal standards. Analysis conducted by the Environmental Defense Fund found that adoption of these standards...
NV Energy Seeks to Expand Energy Savings
June 14, 2018
NV Energy has filed a new three-year demand-side management (DSM) plan in conjunction with a new Integrated Resource Plan. The new DSM plan calls for the utility to spend $197 million on electric DSM programs during 2019-21, approximately 30 percent more than the utility spent during 2015-17. The plan is designed to save approximately 344 million kilowatt-hours from energy efficiency programs implemented annually during 2019-21. The annual energy savings...
Energy Savings Goals Increased for Xcel Energy – Colorado
June 13, 2018
On June 6, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) issued its written decision concerning future energy savings goals and other policies governing Xcel Energy’s demand-side management (DSM) programs in Colorado. The PUC approved an energy savings goal of 500 GWh per year for Xcel Energy during 2019-23, equal to saving about 1.6 percent of Xcel’s projected electricity sales each year during this period. The new energy savings goal is 25...
Arizona's Plan for Using VW Settlement Funds Disappointing
June 8, 2018
On June 8, the Arizona Department of Administration released the state plan for spending approximately $56.5 million in funds from the settlement of the VW emissions cheating scandal. Under the settlement rules, Arizona could have chosen to allocate about $8 million to electric vehicle charging, and could invest funds in zero emission electric school buses. Unfortunately, instead the plan invests all of the funds in simply buying new diesel vehicles, which...
NV Energy Proposes Expansion of Energy Savings Programs
June 6, 2018
On June 1, NV Energy filed a new three-year demand-side management (DSM) plan in conjunction with a new Integrated Resource Plan. The new DSM plan calls for the utility to spend $197 million on electric DSM programs during 2019-21, approximately 30 percent more than the utility spent during 2015-17. The plan is designed to save approximately 344 million kilowatt-hours from energy efficiency programs implemented annually during 2019-21. The annual energy...
Business Community Applauds NV Energy Proposal for Energy Efficiency and Six New Solar Plants
May 31, 2018
Nevada businesses and clean energy advocates today applauded new long-range plans introduced by the state’s largest electric utility, NV Energy, that include significant increases in solar energy generation, energy storage, and energy efficiency. NV Energy today announced its three-year Integrated Resource Plan, for the first time combining Northern and Southern Nevada’s electric systems, and the utility pledged to double the amount of clean...
Rocky Mountain Power Achieved Greater Energy Savings in 2018
May 22, 2018
Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) reports that its 2017 energy efficiency programs helped its Utah customers save 344 million kWh per year, equivalent to the electricity use of about 39,000 typical households in the state. The energy savings were 11 percent greater than the savings achieved through the utility’s programs in 2016. Savings increased for both residential and commercial sector energy efficiency programs. In addition, the company’s 2017...
Crack the (Energy) Code – For Free; 2018 IECC Training Sessions Scheduled for June in Las Vegas
May 22, 2018
Nevada’s communities are becoming more energy efficient as they adopt the latest versions of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), but contractors, developers, homebuilders, architects, and other professionals in the construction trade need to understand the new requirements. To help these groups, the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) and other sponsors will hold free training sessions June 12-13 in Las Vegas, NV, at 6226 W....
Energy Efficiency Jobs Climb in the Southwest
May 21, 2018
Check out Howard Geller's new blog about how energy efficiency employs more workers  in the Southwest than even fossil fuels production does. As of 2017, there were 127,750 jobs focused on improving energy efficiency in the Southwest region (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming) according to the newly released 2018 U.S. Energy and Employment Report. Moreover, energy efficiency remains the top sector for energy jobs in the...