Here you will find direct links to resources on our site related specifically to energy efficiency in Colorado.
Legislation and Policy
(The following publications are Colorado-specific. For more information relevant to all southwestern states, please see our complete list of all SWEEP Publications.)
- Boulder Electric Vehicle Infrastructure and Adoption Assessment
April 2015 - The research presented in this report was undertaken to provide recommendations on steps that local governments and other institutions in Boulder County can take to promote electric vehicles among their employees and residents. The report includes summary and discussion of best practices and cutting edge ideas for supporting electric vehicle charging in the workplace, residence and the public.
- Commercial PACE in Colorado
March 2015 - A 60-minute SWEEP Webinar, with presenters: Paul Scharfenberger, Colorado Energy Office; and Eleni Pelican, Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program, EERE, Department of Energy
- Considering a Regional Network of Bus Rapid Transit in the Denver Metro Area
October 2014 - SWEEP proposes that the region’s transportation planning entities (CDOT, RTD and DRCOG) collaborate on an initial high level study of potential BRT corridors as a step towards developing a regional vision for future BRT lines.
- Managed Highway Lanes in Colorado: Everyone Benefits from Including Carpools and Public Transit
April 2014 - This SWEEP Paper examines the rationale behind Colorado's new policy of focusing on managed lanes rather than adding new capacity, and proposes legislative initiatives to further define and support it.
- Policies to Promote Electric Vehicles in the Southwest: A State Government Report Card (2014 edition)
April 2014 - A 2014 update includes significant legislation adopted in Colorado and Utah in 2013 and 2014. Those states now lead the region in EV policies.
- Air Quality Benefits of Electric Vehicles in the Denver Metro and North Front Range Area
September 2013 - An air quality and emissions analysis for the Denver metro and North Front Range region shows that electric vehicles can reduce emissions of air pollutants compared to gasoline-fueled vehicles.
- Economic Benefits of Transit Systems: Colorado Case Studies
September 2013 - Because of the significant local economic benefits generated by transit sytems, and because many of these benefits accrue to the entire population (not only transit users), communities’ expenditures on transit service should be seen as wise investments in the local economy.
- Transportation Fuels for Colorado's Future: Life-cycle Energy Use and Environmental Impacts of Electric, Compressed Natural Gas, and Gasoline Vehicles
February 2013 - SWEEP Report: Due to planned improvements in Colorado's electricity generation, electric vehicles will become more efficient and less polluting every year. By 2020 they will significantly outperform gasoline and CNG vehicles.
- Energy Efficiency at Fort Collins Utilities: A Role Model for Publicly Owned Utilities
February 2013 - Fort Collins Utilities has demonstrated that a small publicly-owned utility can implement highly effective energy efficiency programs that benefit its customers. Other publicly-owned utilities should replicate what this utility has done.
- Transportation Policies to Protect the DRCOG Region from the Economic Shocks of Rising Fuel Prices
April 2011 - SWEEP / EDF Report
- Regional Recommendations & Tookit for Green Building Programs in the Denver Metropolitan Area
January 2011 - SWEEP Report
- Energy Efficiency in Colorado’s New Energy Economy: Business Case Studies
- Colorado Transportation Blueprint for the New Energy Economy
- Energy Efficiency and Job Creation in Colorado
Links to Other Important Resources