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2021

Announcing SWEEP's Allies for 2021

[BOULDER, CO] – The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) is pleased to announce its Allies for 2021. 37 companies and nonprofit organizations have joined, or renewed memberships in, our annual program to help SWEEP expand our work to advance energy efficiency and clean transportation policies and programs at the federal, state, local, and utility levels.

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Beneficial electrification bill introduced in Colorado legislature
April 20, 2021
On April 16, Colorado Senator Steve Fenberg (D-Boulder) introduced Senate Bill 21-246 (SB21-246), a bill intended to advance beneficial electrification (BE) in buildings and industry. The bill requires Colorado’s investor-owned electric utilities to develop and obtain Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approval for BE program implementation plans. The PUC is directed to approve the utilities’ plans if they reduce pollutant emissions...
New Mexico Sustainable Building Tax Credit signed into law
April 8, 2021
The New Mexico Senate passed House Bill 15 (HB15) last month and this week Governor Grisham signed it into law. HB15 replaces the Sustainable Buildings Tax Credit (SBTC) from 2015. That 2015 tax credit has been instrumental in transforming the market for new buildings in New Mexico. Now, because the New Mexico Energy Conservation Code was recently updated, a new 2021 SBTC needed to be adopted to keep New Mexico public policy up-to-date and to encourage and...
Las Cruces City Council passes energy transition commitments, including all electric vehicles
April 8, 2021
Las Cruces, New Mexico's City Council passed groundbreaking electric vehicle (EV) and natural gas transition resolutions. The EV resolution adopts an EV First purchasing policy, encourages joining programs like GoEV, and was amended by the Council to call for a minimum goal of 50% zero-emission vehicles (instead of the 22% originally proposed) in the city fleet by 2030. The utility gas resolution commits the city-owned gas utility to planning for an...
Assemblyman Watts introduces legislation to cut energy and water waste from major appliances, advance state climate strategy
March 23, 2021
  [CARSON CITY, NV] – Assemblyman Howard Watts (D-15) introduced a bill today to reduce the energy and water waste of 13 common consumer and business products including water coolers, computer monitors, and home ventilating fans.  Assembly Bill 383 would give consumers access to the most technologically advanced appliances while removing the least efficient, energy-guzzling, and water-wasting products from the market. In doing...
Sustainable Building Tax Credit passes in New Mexico Legislature
March 22, 2021
[ALBUQUERQUE, NM] – Friday night, the Senate passed House Bill 15 (HB15), which replaces the Sustainable Buildings Tax Credit (SBTC) from 2015. That 2015 tax credit has been instrumental in transforming the market for new buildings in New Mexico. Now, because our New Mexico Energy Conservation Code was recently updated, a new 2021 SBTC needs to be adopted to keep New Mexico public policy up-to-date and to encourage and reward new buildings that...
Utah House Bill 209 fails, eliminating unnecessary EV fees
March 16, 2021
[SALT LAKE CITY, UT] – Last month, Utah House Bill 209 (HB209) was voted down on the House floor, with a vote of 27 for and 44 against. The Utah Legislature’s proposal in HB209 would have drastically increased annual fees on electric vehicles (EVs), plug-in hybrid, and hybrid vehicles. EVs have zero tailpipe emissions, making them a key solution to Utah’s climate and air quality challenges, so fighting off a fee increase to $300 per...
New Report to Quantify the Benefits of Driving on Electricity in Nevada
February 3, 2021
[CARSON CITY, NV] - Nevadans can save more than $14 billion through 2050 by moving from gas-powered cars to electric vehicles (EVs), according to a report released today. EVs can also reduce air pollution, providing an additional $3 billion in benefits for public health and the climate, and EVs can help make the electricity system more efficient, reducing utility customer bills by more than $3 billion. Altogether, the report identifies $20 billion in...
Denver Stakes Out its Strategy for Clean, Healthy, and Net Zero New Homes and Buildings
February 1, 2021
Denver took a big leap forward with the release of its 168-page Net Zero Energy New Buildings and Homes Implementation Plan, laying out a strategy for all new construction to be net zero by 2030. It outlines a path through the next four building code cycles (2021, 2024, 2027, and 2030) to make all newly constructed homes and buildings highly efficient, all electric, powered by renewable energy, and grid flexible. SWEEP’s buildings efficiency experts...
New Report: Clean Energy Could Save Arizona $2 Billion, Grow State Economy
January 21, 2021
[PHOENIX, AZ] – Greater investment in clean energy, such as energy efficiency, solar, and batteries, consistent with the new “Energy Rules” approved by state utility regulators in November, could create an economic windfall of $2 billion for Arizona, according to a new major study. The study was released today by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) and conducted by Strategen Consulting, a leading energy modeling and...
Colorado Releases its new Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Roadmap
January 15, 2021
Colorado released its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Pollution Reduction Roadmap on January 14, 2021. The Roadmap represents the most action-oriented, ambitious, and substantive planning process that Colorado has ever undertaken on climate leadership, pollution reduction, and a clean energy transition. It lays out an achievable pathway to meet the state’s science-based climate targets of 26% by 2025, 50% by 2030%, and 90% by 2050 from 2005 levels that were part...