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SWEEP Names Elise Jones as its Next Executive Director

[BOULDER, CO] – The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) is pleased to announce that Elise Jones will become the organization's next Executive Director, starting on January 25, 2021. For the past eight years, Elise has served as a Boulder County Commissioner. Prior to serving as an elected official, Elise was for 13 years the Executive Director of the Colorado Environmental Coalition, the predecessor to Conservation Colorado.

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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...
Colorado Public Utilities Commission Approves Xcel Transportation Electrification Plan
December 23, 2020
[DENVER, CO] – On Wednesday, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission approved Xcel Energy's first Transportation Electrification Plan. The decision clears a path for Xcel to invest more than $100 million in electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and programs over the next 3 years. The decision will be formalized in a detailed written order, forthcoming. "This is the dawn of a new era for clean, efficient transportation in Colorado,"...
City of Fort Collins Named a "GoEV City"
December 18, 2020
[FORT COLLINS, CO] – A group of clean air, public health, and consumer protection organizations officially named Fort Collins a “GoEV City” at the City council meeting on December 15, 2020. The designation recognizes Fort Collins’ commitment to clean transportation. It was presented by the GoEV City Coalition (Colorado Public Interest Research Group (CoPIRG), Colorado Sierra Club, the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP),...
Southwest States Shine in New State Energy Efficiency Scorecard
December 16, 2020
[BOULDER, CO] – Nevada is recognized as the Most Improved State in the 2020 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Nevada gained 5.5 points and moved from 26th place in 2019 to 21st place in 2020. Nevada’s rise resulted from the Silver State ramping up energy savings from utility energy efficiency programs, adopting new building energy codes and lamp...
Golden Passes "GoEV City" Resolution Committing to 100% Electric Transportation
December 15, 2020
[GOLDEN, CO] –  Last Thursday night, Golden City Council took a big step toward cutting transportation pollution by adopting a GoEV Resolution — a set of ambitious targets to electrify the city fleet, public transportation, taxis and ride-share companies, micro-mobility vehicles, and all passenger vehicles in the City of Golden, Colorado. In becoming a “GoEV City,” Golden joins Boulder County, Denver, Summit County,...
2020 Drive Electric Arizona Awards Honor Electric Vehicle Leadership
December 11, 2020
[PHOENIX, AZ] – On Friday, one individual and one city were honored for their work to accelerate electric vehicle (EV) adoption in the state. The awards were presented at the second annual Arizona Transportation Electrification Forum, which convened more than 200 key players in Arizona’s growing EV marketplace, including city managers, fleet operators, utilities, and policymakers. “Despite a difficult year with many challenges,...
SWEEP Presents 2020 Leadership in Energy Efficiency Awards
December 8, 2020
[BOULDER,CO] – The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) presented its 2020 Leadership in Energy Efficiency Awards to four individuals who have excelled at promoting greater energy efficiency and clean energy in the region, whether as state regulators, utility executives, or energy efficiency advocates. SWEEP’s 2020 Leadership in Energy Efficiency Awards were awarded to Jeff Ackermann, Kelly Barr, Bob Burns, and Jeff Schlegel. Jeff...
SWEEP Praises Nevada Climate Strategy
December 4, 2020
[CARSON CITY, NV] – The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), a public-interest organization promoting greater energy efficiency and clean transportation in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming, praised Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak on Nevada’s recently released Climate Strategy, “an economy-wide roadmap intended to serve as a framework and roadmap for Nevada policymakers to develop Nevada-specific policy...
SWEEP New Mexico Rep Tammy Fiebelkorn Awarded 2020 Conservation Award
December 3, 2020
The Climate Change Leadership Institute (CCLI) awarded their 2020 Conservation Award to Tammy Fiebelkorn, the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project's (SWEEP) New Mexico Representative. The CCLI is a nonprofit based in Santa Fe, New Mexico that focuses on solutions to climate change that empower the community. Every year, the organization gives out leadership awards locally and nationally to people who make an outstanding contribution to phasing out greenhouse...
Arizona Corporation Commission Establishes Carbon-Free Electricity and New Energy Efficiency Standards
December 2, 2020
On November 13th, 2020, the Arizona Corporation Commission approved a requirement that regulated electric utilities be 100% carbon-free by 2050 and meet benchmarks along the way. The bipartisan decision also established a new energy efficiency policy to help customers save money on their electricity bills. Customers of Arizona Public Service and Tucson Electric Power will receive more rebates and services to replace old air conditioners, swap out inefficient...