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City of Boulder Continues Its Path to Zero Energy Buildings
January 23, 2020
On January 21, 2020, the Boulder City Council unanimously passed updates to the city's building energy codes. Boulder has been on a glide path to zero net energy buildings and these updates continue the city's advancement in building efficiency. Additions include adding electric vehicle (EV) charging requirements for commercial and residential buildings, new construction falls primarily under performance requirements including outcome based compliance...
NM Governor, Lawmakers Prioritize Bill to Accelerate Adoption of Plug-In Electric Cars
January 21, 2020
[ALBUQUERQUE, NM] -The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) today lauded Governor Lujan-Grisham for prioritizing legislation that would make electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles more affordable for all New Mexicans, especially low-income households. A bill pre-filed last Thursday would accomplish that goal by creating a state income tax credit for purchase of new electric vehicles (EVs). The bill is on the Governor’s call. State...
New Utah Roadmap Points the Way for Mitigating Climate Impacts and Improving Air Quality
January 8, 2020
At the request of the Utah Legislature, the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute of the University of Utah, with the assistance of a Technical Advisory Committee, prepared and issued The Utah Roadmap: Positive Solutions on Climate and Air Quality. The stated objective of the Roadmap is to assist with policymaking to improve air quality and address causes and impacts of a changing climate. The Utah Roadmap identifies areas of opportunity to reduce air emissions...
Arizona Public Service to Restore Partial Funding for Energy Efficiency Programs
December 31, 2019
Yesterday, Arizona Public Service (APS) let the Arizona Corporation Commission know it is willing to partially restore funding for its energy efficiency programs. Energy efficiency advocates wasted no time calling on the Arizona Corporation Commission to move swiftly to approve financial relief for more ratepayers. The popular energy efficiency programs are designed to help ratepayers save money by providing homeowners and businesses with rebates and...
Denver Takes Major Step to Zero Energy Buildings
December 24, 2019
On December 23, 2019, the Denver City Council approved an update to the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) to put the city on a glide path to zero net energy buildings by 2035. The energy code and green stretch code was developed with an extensive group of building industry stakeholders in Denver and across the nation to support the Denver 80x50 Plan. Benefits to Denver residents will include electric vehicle (EV) charging support for...
Nevada Commission Approves 2020 DSM Plan for NV Energy
December 23, 2019
On December 18, 2019, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) approved NV Energy’s plan to spend $55 million on energy efficiency and other demand-side management (DSM) programs in 2020. The plan is designed to help households and businesses served by NV Energy save 358 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, equal to 1.25 percent of NV Energy’s projected electricity sales. This amount of energy savings is 44 percent greater...
New Model Energy Code Will Make Charging Electric Vehicles More Convenient
December 23, 2019
[DENVER, CO] - New buildings across the nation will be built with electric vehicles in mind, according to a preliminary 2021 model energy conservation code. Local government officials approved the proposal, which would make new homes and buildings electric vehicle ready. The International Code Commission voting results were announced last Friday and certification of the results is expected in January. “Electric vehicles are a huge opportunity to...
Colorado PUC Approves Decoupling for Xcel Energy
December 20, 2019
On December 17, 2019, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) voted unanimously to order Xcel Energy to promptly implement revenue decoupling for residential and small commercial customers in Colorado. This decision was taken as part of the company’s current Phase I Rate Case. SWEEP filed multiple rounds of testimony in this proceeding. SWEEP and other parties, who have advocated for decoupling for years, welcomed the Commission’s...
Clean Energy Groups: Higher Energy Savings Targets for NV Energy Will Help Customers
December 18, 2019
[CARSON CITY, NV] - The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Western Resource Advocates today praised the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada’s approval of NV Energy’s plan to spend $55 million on energy efficiency and other demand-side management (DSM) programs in 2020. Customers of NV Energy will benefit because the programs are designed to help households and businesses served...
Technology Brief: Deep Retrofit of Multifamily Housing
December 16, 2019
Multifamily housing has long been identified as a challenging market for energy efficiency with numerous barriers, including split incentives between the building owner and tenant, lack of access to financing, and dispersed and/or complex building ownership. In addition, to meet long-term greenhouse gas reduction targets, substantial improvements in the energy efficiency of both new and existing buildings are needed. A new SWEEP technology brief provides...