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Senate passage of the Inflation Reduction Act is a huge step forward for the Southwest
August 7, 2022
[DENVER, CO] – Elise Jones, Executive Director of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), issued the following statement celebrating the United States Senate’s passage of the Inflation Reduction Act:  “On behalf of the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming, I sincerely thank the U.S. Senate for voting to advance the Inflation Reduction Act today.   This bill contains the...
Plug In America and the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project host third annual Arizona Transportation Electrification Forum
July 14, 2022
[PHOENIX, AZ] – On July 6, Plug In America and the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) presented their third annual Arizona Transportation Electrification Forum. More than 150 policymakers, city managers, fleet operators, electric vehicle (EV) companies, and consumer and environmental advocates participated in discussions on how Arizona should plan for EV charging station investments that will flow from the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure...
Caryn Potter to head Arizona state energy efficiency, clean transportation, and climate initiatives for SWEEP
May 31, 2022
[BOULDER, CO] – The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) is pleased to announce that Caryn Potter will become the organization's Arizona Representative. Potter held the Utility Program Manager position for several years at SWEEP, and this promotion comes on the heels of Ellen Zuckerman's departure. Zuckerman, who oversaw SWEEP's work in Arizona and Nevada and co-directed the organization's Utility Program, dedicated more...
The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) announces its Allies for 2022
May 24, 2022
[BOULDER, CO] – The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) is pleased to announce its Allies for 2022. The companies and nonprofit organizations who have joined or renewed memberships in our annual program help SWEEP expand its work to advance energy efficiency and clean transportation policies; programs at the federal, state, local, and utility levels; initiatives to help rapidly mitigate climate change; and energy equity for underserved communities. “We...
New study: All-electric homes cheaper to build and operate in the Southwest than those that use gas
May 18, 2022
[BOULDER, CO] – Southwest homes in warmer climate cities such as Phoenix or Las Vegas that are built with highly efficient electric heat pumps will reduce their annual heating cost by 30%, compared with gas while reducing climate emissions by 60%, according to a study released today by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP). “For new homes across the Southwest, building with heat pumps rather than gas appliances is by far the best...
Colorado legislature scores notable wins on energy efficiency, climate, and transit
May 12, 2022
[DENVER, CO] – The Colorado legislature wrapped up its 2022 session at midnight on Wednesday, May 11, sending 11 important energy efficiency bills to Governor Polis for his signature. “Colorado took significant steps forward on efficiency, climate, and transit this legislative session,” said Elise Jones, Executive Director of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP). “These actions will help Coloradans save money on...
Colorado legislature approves landmark energy codes bill
May 11, 2022
[BOULDER, CO] – On May 11th, the Colorado legislature completed the adoption of House Bill (HB) 22-1362 which requires cities and counties to update their building energy codes to increase energy efficiency and cut the climate pollution from new homes and commercial buildings. Lead sponsors of the bill are Representatives Tracey Bernett (D-Longmont) and Alex Valdez (D-Denver) along with Senators Chris Hansen (D-Denver) and Faith Winter (D-Adams...
Fort Collins builds for the future with stronger energy efficiency building codes and EV ready requirements
May 9, 2022
[DENVER, CO] – With only days left in the legislative session, advocates are calling on the legislature to follow in the actions of the City of Fort Collins last month and pass two House Bills (HBs) that would strengthen clean building codes across the state. The bills, HB22-1218 and HB22-1362, follow Fort Collins City Council, which adopted the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code, strengthening energy efficiency requirements for single-family,...
New Mexico adopts Clean Cars standards with unanimous approval
May 5, 2022
[SANTA FE, NM] – Today, the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board and the City of Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board unanimously voted to adopt Clean Cars rules after public hearings on May 4 and 5. Adoption of the rules follows a robust stakeholder engagement process over the past year. The Clean Cars rules will go into effect for model year 2026, arriving in showrooms in 2025. With expected incentives in the...
Arizona Corporation Commission rejects Salt River Project’s massive gas plant expansion
April 13, 2022
                     [PHOENIX, AZ] – Yesterday, in a bi-partisan decision, Arizona utility regulators rejected Salt River Project’s (SRP) proposal to build 16 new gas turbines at the Coolidge power plant. In the 4-to-1 vote denying the ~$1 billion project, Arizona Corporation Commissioners cited the utility’s rushed and opaque public process, its failure to conduct a competitive...