Opinions

August 2019

  • By the numbers: Colorado Zero Emission Vehicle Program will cut climate pollution and save Coloradans money
    Climate 411 @ EDF Blogs by Laura Shields - August 15, 2019
    "The numbers are in for Colorado’s proposed Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program – it will cut climate pollution and save Coloradans millions of dollars. This week, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission is formally considering adoption of the ZEV program for model year 2023 through 2025 vehicles. (Colorado already adopted state Low Emission Vehicle standards last year). EDF is part of a coalition of public health and environmental groups (including Western Resource Advocates, NRDC, Sierra Club, and the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project) that has been a formal party in the rulemaking. We’ve worked in support of Colorado’s adoption of a ZEV program that will deliver major climate, health and economic benefits for all Coloradans."

July 2019

  • Commentary: Rocky Mountain Power should boost its efficiency programs
    The Salt Lake Tribune - By Kevin Emerson & Howard Geller - July 15, 2019
    Utah has experienced a clean energy surge in recent years. This is partly due to growing investments in wind and solar energy projects, which often make headlines – and rightly so. Yet, the unsung hero of the clean energy surge is energy efficiency. Every day, energy efficiency cuts energy use and costs through households and businesses upgrading lights to LEDs, builders constructing highly efficient new homes, homeowners purchasing Energy Star appliances and the like. Energy efficiency has been particularly impactful for Utah residents with the amount of electricity used per capita declining by 9% during 2008-2017. The decline in electricity use per person has occurred at the same time as Utah’s economy has grown. Utah’s energy savings success is due in large part to Rocky Mountain Power’s successful energy efficiency incentive programs, known as Wattsmart. The Wattsmart program provides incentives and rebates to help utility customers choose the most energy-efficient technologies, and every dollar invested in energy efficiency saves more than $1.70 in costs to the utility.

January 2019

  • The key to combating climate change is greater energy efficiency
    Colorado Politics - January 15, 2019
    A recent analysis by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) found that the main reason Colorado’s greenhouse gas pollution from electricity generation fell in recent years was energy efficiency: utility investments in energy efficiency programs, improved local building codes, federal appliance and lighting standards and other initiatives that support improved energy efficiency accounted for 52 percent of the drop in our state’s climate change pollution during 2007-2016