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New Mexico Utilities Report Strong Energy Savings in 2019
May 22, 2020
Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM), the state’s largest electric utility, reports it achieved over 78 gigawatt-hours (GWh) per year of electricity savings and 58 megawatts (MW) of peak load reduction from demand-side management (DSM) programs implemented in 2019. PNM’s programs provided $20 million in net economic benefits, with an overall benefit-cost ratio of 1.93. In addition, PNM estimates that energy efficiency measures installed...
Energy Impact Offset Fund Energy Assessment Summary Report
May 15, 2020
Between July 2019 and February 2020, Energy & Resources Solutions (ERS) conducted on-site energy assessments on 14 cannabis cultivation facilities operating in un-incorporated Boulder County (11 indoor and 3 greenhouses). By pairing these assessments with utility consumption data and modeling analysis, ERS was able to provide each participating cultivator with a highly individualized report and recommendations for managing energy in a manner that reduces...
Summit County Colorado Moves Toward its Path to Zero
April 27, 2020
The town of Frisco, CO and Summit County, CO have adopted the local building industry and High Country Conservation Center (HCCC) developed Summit County Sustainable Building Code. This code becomes part of the earlier adoption of the 2018 building codes. SWEEP participated in the process with HCCC during 2018 and 2019. Breckenridge and other municipalities in the county are planning to follow with their adoptions in 2020. Additions to the codes include...
Xcel Energy Achieves Record Energy Savings in 2019
April 15, 2020
Xcel Energy reports it achieved over 504 gigawatt-hours (GWh) per year of electricity savings and 132 megawatts (MW) of peak load reduction at the generator level from demand-side management (DSM) programs implemented in Colorado in 2019. These were the highest levels of energy savings and peak load reduction since Xcel Energy began implementing comprehensive DSM programs in 2009. The electricity savings surpassed the energy savings goal established by the...
New Building Energy Code to Include Electrification Readiness, EV Infrastructure While Cutting Energy Use
April 10, 2020
The International Code Council (ICC) certified the results this week of the online governmental consensus voting for the upcoming 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). The consensus voting took place in December 2019. The code will be finalized within 30 days, and its anticipated no changes will occur to the certified results.  Although opponents have already attempted to invalidate the votes since January 2020. The new 2021 IECC will...
Nevada Clean Car Advocates Respond to Federal Rollback of Auto Efficiency Standards
April 1, 2020
[CARSON CITY, NV] -- The Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today finalized a rule to weaken rules which require auto manufacturers to produce cleaner, more efficient vehicles. The original rules, established in 2010, were designed to double fuel economy and to cut global warming pollution in half for cars sold in 2025. The weaker standards could result in more than 1.5 billion additional metric tons of global...
NM Clean Car Advocates Respond to Federal Rollback of Auto Efficiency Standards
April 1, 2020
[ALBUQUERQUE, NM] -- The Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today finalized action to weaken requirements for auto manufacturers to produce cleaner, more efficient vehicles. The original rules, established in 2010, were designed to double fuel economy and to cut global warming pollution in half for cars sold in 2025. The weaker standards could result in more than 1.5 billion additional metric tons of global...
Colorado Clean Car Advocates Respond to Trump's Auto Efficiency Standards Rollback
April 1, 2020
[DENVER, CO] -- The Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today finalized the rule to rewrite the federal clean car standards. The clean car standards were first established in 2010 and are projected to double fuel economy and to cut global warming pollution in half for cars sold in 2025. The weaker standards could result in more than 1.5 billion additional metric tons of global warming pollution in our atmosphere...
Salt River Project Board of Directors Approves $56.5 Million for Energy Efficiency and Transportation Electrification Programs in FY2021
March 26, 2020
The Board of Directors of Arizona’s Salt River Project (SRP) voted yesterday to approve the utility’s 2021 fiscal year operating budget. The budget includes $51.4 million for demand-side management (DSM) programs and $5.1 million for transportation electrification initiatives. This funding will enable SRP to make significant progress toward the achievement of its newly-established 2035 sustainability goals, which include new commitments...
2020 Utah Legislative Session Recap
March 16, 2020
The Utah Legislature took some important steps on energy efficiency and clean transportation this session. Creation of a home energy information pilot program, increased funding for electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and support for heat pumps and beneficial electrification shows positive momentum on clean energy, climate and air quality in Utah. The bills are awaiting signature by Governor Herbert, who is expected to sign all into law. SWEEP thanks...