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Nevada utility regulators power electric transportation with approval of NV Energy’s $100M EV charging investment

[CARSON CITY, NV] – The Nevada Public Utilities Commission today authorized NV Energy to invest $100 million over the next three years in fueling infrastructure for electric cars and trucks. The Commission approved a plan by NV Energy to increase the availability of public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations along major travel corridors and at key destinations, while supporting transit agencies, school districts, local governments, and businesses to deploy EVs in their fleets.

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Utah policy proposal for electric ready and climate friendly homes
December 2, 2021
As Utah policymakers grapple with air quality and climate change, a new solution has just been submitted to the Utah Uniform Building Code Commission (UBCC) requiring new homes to be built “electric ready.” This is the first time an electric ready code has been considered by the State of Utah. If adopted, the change would improve access to technologies such as electric vehicles (EVs) and efficient electric heat pumps that reduce air pollution...
SWEEP applauds the passage of the Build Back Better Act
November 19, 2021
[BOULDER, CO] – The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) applauds the passage of the Build Back Better Act (also known as the Reconciliation Act) by the United States House of Representatives. Elise Jones, Executive Director for SWEEP, issued the following statement: "The Build Back Better Act is a historic leap forward for clean energy, energy efficiency, and climate action. It will deliver real, long-lasting, and transformative...
New Mexico utilities to invest more than $11 million in electric vehicle infrastructure and education programs
November 10, 2021
The Public Service Company of New Mexico can invest $10 million in a suite of electric vehicle programs, with more than $3 million targeting low- and moderate-income families, a promising first step for delivering the economic and health benefits of electric vehicles to all New Mexicans. The Public Regulation Commission also authorized El Paso Electric to invest more than $1.2 million in electric vehicle infrastructure and education in its southern...
Arizona Corporation Commission slashes APS rates; Institutes new customer safeguards
November 3, 2021
[PHOENIX, AZ] – In a 3-2 decision Tuesday, utility regulators at the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) voted to slash rates for a vast majority of Arizona Public Service Company (APS) customers. The $119 million cut to APS’s revenues came as commissioners denied cost recovery for the utility’s investments in the Four Corners coal plant and significantly reduced its return on equity. The decrease stood in stark contrast to the...
Nevada adopts Advanced Clean Cars Standards
October 22, 2021
[CARSON CITY, NV] – Today, the Nevada State Legislative Commission approved the Clean Cars Nevada regulation, officially making Nevada the 16th state (including Washington, D.C.) to adopt Advanced Clean Cars Standards. The new policy will require automakers to build and deliver more efficient vehicles to Nevada, including more plug-in electric cars and trucks. The measure is the strongest available policy Nevada could adopt to accelerate electric...
New report: Electric trucks are a multi-billion dollar opportunity for Colorado
October 12, 2021
[DENVER, CO] – Today, the Colorado Energy Office published a new report finding that zero-emission trucks are a can’t-miss opportunity for Colorado, with the potential to deliver more than $20 billion in benefits to Coloradans over the next 30 years. Experts at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) reviewed the report and highlighted the following substantial benefits: “Governor Polis should act quickly to accelerate...
NM groups to lawmakers: Fossil-fueled hydrogen a climate threat, not a solution
October 5, 2021
[ALBUQUERQUE, NM] – On Tuesday, a coalition of New Mexico community, environmental, and justice organizations warned state and federal lawmakers of the risks of diving head-first into fossil-fueled hydrogen projects. The groups’ letter provides guidance on the context and safeguards that must be enacted before hydrogen projects are considered in the San Juan Basin, and in New Mexico generally. The oil and gas industry has lobbied for...
SWEEP's Neil Kolwey joins the Beneficial Advisory League's Advisory Council
October 4, 2021
SWEEP Industrial Program Director Neil Kolwey has joined the Beneficial Advisory League's (BEL) inaugural Advisory Council. BEL's Advisory Council will be made up of individuals with varying perspectives across the beneficial electrification landscape. The Council will assist with developing strategies and recommendations on how BEL can execute upon its mission and help guide beneficial electrification efforts on a national scale. In the...
New report: Arizona utility regulators must take immediate action to enable a just and equitable transition for coal-impacted communities
September 30, 2021
[PHOENIX, AZ] – A new report released today by the Empowered Transition initiative recommends that Arizona utility regulators take immediate action to enable a just and equitable transition for coal-impacted communities. The report documents dozens of testimonials of Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe members, small business owners, and local elected officials who are or will soon be facing the economic hardships that come with utility decisions...
Southwest Energy Efficiency Project celebrates 20th anniversary
September 29, 2021
[BOULDER, CO] – Founded in 2001, the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) celebrated its 20th anniversary by awarding its Founder and former Executive Director, Howard Geller, with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Geller, who served as Executive Director of SWEEP for 20 years, stepped down from his position in January. In a celebration at the eTown Hall in Boulder, Colorado, dozens of policymakers, colleagues, fellow environmental advocates, and...