The following are press releases released by SWEEP:
SWEEP announces new board members: Dr. Mary House and Mayane Barudin
December 8, 2022
[BOULDER, CO] – The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) announced today the addition of two members to its board: Dr. Mary House of Nevada and Mayane Barudin of New Mexico. Voted onto the SWEEP board at last Friday’s board meeting, Dr. House and Ms. Barudin will begin their board service immediately.
“SWEEP’s board and staff are thrilled to welcome these two efficiency leaders to our team,” said Elise Jones, Executive...
SWEEP announces 2022 Leadership in Energy Efficiency Awards
December 2, 2022
[BOULDER, CO] – The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) announced its 2022 Leadership in Energy Efficiency Awards yesterday, selecting as awardees a member of the Nevada legislature, the Colorado legislature, and the New Mexico legislature, as well as the Town Council of Crested Butte, Colorado.
The announcement was made at SWEEP’s annual Utility Workshop, held this year in Las Vegas, Nevada, where Nevada State Assemblyman Howard...
Sustainable Building Tax Credits are now effective in New Mexico
November 28, 2022
[ALBUQUERQUE, NM] – New Mexicans are now eligible for a tax credit for energy efficiency and electrification measures they install in their existing homes. Last year, the New Mexico 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, and now the 2021 SBTC adds tax credits for improving the efficiency...
Arizona utility regulators approve new energy saving programs for TEP and APS customers
November 11, 2022
[PHOENIX, AZ] – Yesterday, utility regulators at Arizona Corporation Commission approved new energy efficiency programs for Arizona Public Service (APS) and Tucson Electric Power (TEP) customers. The energy efficiency programs, unique to each service territory, will give customers more options to save money on their utility bills and improve the health and safety of individuals. The decision to approve ~$97 million annually for both utilities includes...
Energy efficiency advocates celebrate key wins in NV Energy’s DSM settlement
October 27, 2022
[CARSON CITY, NV] – After months of intervention, Sierra Club, Western Resource Advocates, and the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) are celebrating a recent settlement negotiated with NV Energy, consumer advocates, business interests, environmental groups, and Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) staff that will expand energy efficient technologies and opportunities with greater equity across Nevada.
The settlement with NV Energy’s...
New Mexico school districts win grants for clean, electric school buses
October 26, 2022
[SANTA FE, NM] – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the award of funding for 5 New Mexico school districts to purchase 12 electric school buses, including Las Cruces Public School District 2. Senator Martin Heinrich joined leaders of New Mexico nonprofits advocating for clean air, environmental justice, a stable climate, children’s health and for energy efficiency to celebrate the announcement:
"I am thrilled...
Clean energy advocates urge Nevada state and local leaders to maximize the benefits of new federal investments
September 30, 2022
[RENO, NV] – As Governor Sisolak hosts an Infrastructure Summit in Las Vegas, the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project and Western Resource Advocates called on state, tribal, city, and county leaders to take full advantage of the incredible opportunities presented by the federal Inflation Reduction Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure law to build a better future for people all across the region.
The groups delivered a letter to dozens of...
14 Organizations urge local Arizona leaders to maximize the benefits of new federal investments
September 29, 2022
[PHOENIX, AZ] – Today, a broad coalition of clean energy, faith-based, consumer, and community organizations called on tribal, city, and county leaders to take full advantage of the incredible opportunities presented by the federal Inflation Reduction Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure law to build a better future for people all across the region.
The groups delivered a letter to hundreds of elected officials, noting that “new federal...
Clean energy advocates urge Colorado state and local leaders to maximize the benefits of new federal investments
September 29, 2022
[DENVER, CO] – Today, a broad coalition of clean energy, good government, public health and consumer advocacy organizations called on state, tribal, city, and county leaders to take full advantage of the incredible opportunities presented by the federal Inflation Reduction Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure law to build a better future for people all across the region.
The groups delivered a letter to hundreds of elected officials, noting...
15 organizations urge New Mexico state and local leaders to maximize the benefits of new federal investments
September 29, 2022
[ALBUQUERQUE, NM] – Today, a broad coalition of clean energy, equity, community and consumer advocacy organizations called on state, tribal, city, and county leaders to take full advantage of the incredible opportunities presented by the federal Inflation Reduction Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure law to build a better future for people all across the region.
The groups delivered a letter to hundreds of elected officials, noting that...
Utah’s Uniform Building Code Commission votes in favor of updated building standards
August 19, 2022
[SALT LAKE CITY, UT] – On August 10, Utah’s Uniform Building Code Commission, an advisory body to the Utah Legislature, held a public hearing to consider public comment on its proposed amendments and updates to the 2021 building codes for Utah, including the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Building codes set the minimum requirements for new buildings or major building remodels and the IECC specifically addresses the level...
The Inflation Reduction Act is a legacy-defining accomplishment with huge benefits for the Southwest
August 16, 2022
[DENVER, CO] – As President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, Elise Jones, Executive Director of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), issued the following statement to celebrate the many new opportunities states, local governments, businesses, and residents across the region will have to save money and reduce pollution.
“This is a historic day for America and the Southwest. The Inflation Reduction Act –...
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 largest investments...
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 than...
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.
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 home...
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 County)....
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 approved...
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 bid, and the impacts to the historically Black community...
NM Clean Cars Clean Air coalition announces broad support for Clean Cars rulemaking
April 13, 2022
[SANTA FE, NM] – Today, the New Mexico Clean Cars Clean Air coalition of over 35 organizations announced their support for the clean cars rulemaking process being led by the State of New Mexico and the City of Albuquerque.
The New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board and the City of Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board will hold hearings on May 4th and 5th to consider the clean cars rules, following a robust stakeholder...
Energy codes legislation will save consumers money and reduce climate emissions
April 11, 2022
[BOULDER, CO] – House Bill 22-1362 (HB22-1362), introduced in the Colorado legislature on April 7, requires cities and counties to update their building energy codes in order to increase the energy efficiency and cut the pollutant emissions of new homes and commercial buildings. Lead sponsors of the bill are Representatives Tracey Bernett (D-Longmont) and Alex Valdez (D-Denver).
The bill directs local governments that have building codes to:
Efficiency advocates cheer Governor Sisolak's move to cut truck pollution
March 31, 2022
[LAS VEGAS, NV] – Today Nevada joined 16 other states and the district of Columbia in committing to take action to clean up pollution from trucks. Governor Steve Sisolak signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), signaling his intention to guide Nevada to a future where all medium- and heavy-duty vans, trucks and buses operate with zero tailpipe emissions.
By signing the MOU, Nevada is committing to “strive to make at least 30 percent of...
EPA restores New Mexico’s authority to set and enforce clean vehicle standards
March 9, 2022
[SANTA FE, NM] – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) restored the right of states to implement tougher emission standards for new passenger vehicles. This action finally resolves the Trump Administration’s multi-year attempt to roll back federal vehicle emissions and mileage rules and block states from setting stronger vehicle tailpipe emissions standards than the federal government.
The move paves the way for New Mexico...
EPA returns authority to Colorado to limit pollution from cars and trucks
March 9, 2022
[DENVER, CO] – To cut vehicle pollution and help clean our air, on Wednesday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) restored Colorado’s authority to implement tougher emission standards for new passenger cars.
The decision allows Colorado and the 16 other states (and Washington D.C.) who have adopted all or part of the Advanced Clean Cars program to move forward and enforce the rules. The move also suggests that EPA would be likely to...
New Mexico Legislature passes Community Energy Efficiency Development Block Grant Act
February 16, 2022
[ALBUQUERQUE, NM] – Last evening, in a 26-14 vote, the New Mexico Senate passed House Bill (HB) 37, the Community Energy Efficiency Development (CEED) Block Grant Act. The bill now goes to the Governor for signature. The Act benefits low-income New Mexicans by bringing more equity to utility bills and supporting those communities most impacted by climate change.
"I'm so thankful to the New Mexico Legislature for supporting this crucial...
Arizona Corporation Commission revives energy efficiency commitments in decisive resource planning vote
February 10, 2022
[PHOENIX, AZ] – The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) applauds the Arizona Corporation Commission for its decision to approve the energy resource plans of Arizona Public Service Company (APS) and Tucson Electric Power (TEP) with the addition of key reforms that could unlock billions in savings.
As part of their decision, utility regulators directed APS and TEP to expand energy saving initiatives over the next three years. As a result,...
SWEEP releases updated study on the benefits of heat pumps for Colorado homes
February 9, 2022
[BOULDER, CO] – The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) has released an updated study on the benefits of heat pumps and heat pump water heaters (HPWHs) for Colorado homes, about 85% of which currently use gas for heating. SWEEP’s study concludes that heat pumps and HPWHs are now even more cost-effective than they were only one or two years ago, due to the significant increase in gas prices over the last six months. In addition, heat...
Nevada regulators greenlight new energy saving programs for the new year
January 10, 2022
[CARSON CITY, NV] – In a unanimous decision on December 23, utility regulators at the Public Utility Commission of Nevada (PUCN) authorized the state’s largest electricity provider, NV Energy, to roll out several new energy efficiency programs that will give customers more options to save money on their utility bills and improve the health and safety of their homes.
The decision to approve ~$57 million annually includes funding for several...
Colorado adopts new rule to cut pollution from transportation
December 16, 2021
[DENVER, CO] – The Colorado Transportation Commission voted 10-1 today to approve a new rule to fight climate change by making smarter investments in the state’s transportation system. The rule applies to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the state’s five Metropolitan Planning Organizations, which oversee transportation infrastructure planning across much of the state. It sets pollution reduction targets and requires...
Nevada utility regulators power electric transportation with approval of NV Energy’s $100M EV charging investment
November 30, 2021
[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...
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 $184...
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 passenger...
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 billions...
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...
Despite significant opposition, Salt River Project approves huge gas plant expansion
September 13, 2021
[PHOENIX, AZ] – Today, the Board of Salt River Project (SRP), Arizona’s second-largest electric utility, approved a plan to spend nearly $1 billion to build 16 new gas units at its power plant in Coolidge, Arizona, despite significant opposition from clean energy supporters, consumer advocates, faith leaders, conservation groups, legislators, city officials, Coolidge residents, and six members of the SRP Board. This decision could...
CDOT releases draft Transportation Pollution Standard
August 17, 2021
[DENVER, CO] – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) released its draft Greenhouse Gas Pollution Standard today to determine how to spend more than $2.5 billion in annual state transportation funding. With this rule in place, CDOT and local transportation planning organizations across the state will be required — for the first time — to account for the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission impacts of state and regional transportation...
Arizona Corporation Commission approves APS energy efficiency plan
July 14, 2021
[PHOENIX, AZ] – The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) and Arizona PIRG Education Fund praised Chairwoman Lea Marquez Peterson, Commissioner Sandra Kennedy, Commissioner Anna Tovar, and Commissioner Jim O’Connor - utility regulators at the Arizona Corporation Commission - for voting yesterday to expand programs and services to help Arizonans save energy and money on their electricity bills.
Under the expanded energy efficiency...
Climate coalition petitions for adoption of Clean Car Standard in 2021
July 1, 2021
[ALBUQUERQUE, NM] – A broad coalition of New Mexican citizen groups filed a petition with the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board today, asking the board to update its Advanced Clean Car Standards by the end of 2021. Updating and enforcing these rules is a critical step in resolving the climate crisis and protecting public health. The standards would limit air pollution from vehicle tailpipes and require auto manufacturers to deliver...
Denver releases Renewable Heating and Cooling Plan
June 21, 2021
[DENVER,CO] — The Denver Office of Climate Action, Sustainability, and Resiliency (CASR) released a Renewable Heating and Cooling Plan on June 15th showing how Denver residents can heat and cool their homes and businesses efficiently with clean electricity. The Plan describes opportunities to electrify homes and businesses and includes recommendations for the City of Denver to ensure an equitable transition to renewable heating and cooling technologies.
Governor Polis signs transportation bill, positioning Colorado to accelerate electric vehicle deployment, expand multimodal transportation, and reduce pollution
June 17, 2021
[DENVER, CO] – Today, Colorado Governor Polis signed Senate Bill 260 (SB260) into law. The legislation will raise $5.4 billion over the next 10 years through a combination of general fund transfers and new fees on gasoline, diesel, electric vehicles (EVs), residential deliveries, and rideshare trips to repair and expand our decaying transportation system and clean up its air pollution.
While not perfect, the legislation is a decisive win for EVs,...
New Mexicans petition State to Adopt Advanced Clean Cars Standards
June 11, 2021
[ALBUQUERQUE, NM] – A broad coalition of New Mexican citizen groups filed a formal petition yesterday asking the state to adopt Advanced Clean Cars Standards by the end of 2021. Clean car standards are a critical step in resolving the climate crisis. The standards would limit pollution from vehicle tailpipes in New Mexico and require auto manufacturers to deliver an increasing number of zero-emission electric vehicles (EVs) to the state.
Colorado legislators pass four bills to reduce building emissions, cut utility costs
June 9, 2021
[DENVER, CO] – Colorado legislators passed three bills today and four total this session to help Coloradans cut energy waste and power their homes and businesses with clean electricity. In addition to reducing utility bills, cutting down on indoor air pollution, and creating family-sustaining jobs in the buildings sector, these bills represent progress toward Colorado’s ambitious goals to reduce climate-warming emissions.
Governor Polis is...
Love Electric website launches
June 7, 2021
[BOULDER, CO] – Like electric cars, which are fun to drive and cheaper to operate and maintain than gasoline-powered cars, there are more efficient and cleaner electric technologies and appliances available for heating our homes, providing hot water, and cooking our food. These technologies offer improved comfort, cooking performance, health and safety, and reduced energy costs (in many cases). And they are a major part of the solution to...
Conservation groups: Nevada Legislature’s passage of SB 448 will help support clean energy economy
May 31, 2021
[CARSON CITY, NV] – Conservation groups today welcomed the Nevada Legislature’s passage of Senate Bill 448, a measure that will align electric utility plans and investments with state climate goals. The expansive bill now goes to Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak to be signed into law.
SB 448 will address key issues in energy transmission, electric transportation, rooftop solar, clean electricity, renewable energy storage, energy efficiency,...
SWEEP praises Colorado legislators for adopting legislation to strengthen gas utility energy efficiency programs
May 27, 2021
[BOULDER, CO] – On May 27th, the Colorado legislature passed HB21-1238, a bill that updates state policy on gas utility demand-side management (DSM) and energy efficiency programs. Lead sponsors of the bill are Representatives Tracey Bernett (D-Longmont) and Chris Kennedy (D-Lakewood) in the House and Senator Chris Hansen (D-Denver) in the Senate.
The bill directs the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to:
“HB21-1238 will cut energy...
Nevada Sen. Chris Brooks’ SB 448 will support clean energy economy
May 13, 2021
[CARSON CITY, NV] – Nevada State Senator Chris Brooks (D-Las Vegas) introduced Senate Bill 448 today to align electric utility plans and investments with state climate goals. This expansive proposal—which would address key issues in energy transmission, electric transportation, rooftop solar, clean electricity, renewable energy storage, energy efficiency, and more—has already garnered support from local labor unions and clean energy advocates.
Arizona Corporation Commission kills critical consumer protections: Fails to save energy, cut electricity bills
May 6, 2021
[PHOENIX, AZ] – The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), Arizona PIRG Education Fund, and Wildfire: Igniting Community Action to End Poverty in Arizona, denounced yesterday’s action by the Arizona Corporation Commission to kill its Energy Rules, including critical consumer protections to cut utility costs that would have expanded Arizona’s Energy Efficiency Standard through 2030.
Yesterday’s actions reversed an earlier...
Transportation funding bill would accelerate clean vehicles in Colorado
May 5, 2021
[DENVER, CO] – Elise Jones, Executive Director of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), issued the following statement with remarks on the transportation funding bill introduced at the Colorado General Assembly today:
“This proposal would put more than $730 million toward electric vehicle (EV) solutions, representing one of the biggest investments in transportation electrification by any state anywhere in the country.
President Biden boosts New Mexico’s clean car efforts
April 26, 2021
[SANTA FE, NM] – Today, the Biden Administration proposed to restore state authority to adopt stronger vehicle tailpipe pollution standards. The move will help Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham fulfill a pledge to adopt Clean Cars policy in New Mexico in 2021, and boost state efforts to address climate change and clean up the air. It also offers one potential path to reach 100 percent zero emission vehicles by 2035, as Governor Lujan Grisham called...
President Biden boosts Colorado's clean car efforts
April 26, 2021
[DENVER, CO] – Today, the Biden Administration proposed to restore state authority to adopt stronger vehicle tailpipe pollution standards. Colorado is using this authority to help reduce climate-changing carbon pollution and make progress toward reaching Governor Polis’ goal of deploying close to one million electric cars and trucks in the state by 2030.
Advocates for public health, climate preservation, consumer protection, and environmental...
Announcing SWEEP's Allies for 2021
April 13, 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.
"We are proud to work with forward thinking companies and groups who share in our...
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 substantially...
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 year...
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...
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 research...
SWEEP Names Elise Jones as its Next Executive Director
January 5, 2021
[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.
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), Conservation...
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 efficiency standards,...
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, and City of...
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, groups...
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.
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 and...
20 Organizations Applaud Arizona Corporation Commission Vote to Establish Carbon-Free Electricity Standard
November 13, 2020
[PHOENIX, AZ] – 20 organizations applauded a vote today by Arizona Corporation Commissioners requiring utilities to 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.
The historic vote comes after years of study, more than a dozen public meetings, thousands of written comments, and hundreds of hours of engagement...
New Mexico PRC Approves New Energy Efficiency Plan for PNM
October 29, 2020
[ALBUQUERQUE, NM] – On October 28th, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) approved a new plan for the Public Service Company of New Mexico's (PNM) energy efficiency and demand response programs during 2021-23. The plan scales up the utility’s programs, with PNM striving to increase energy savings achieved by its customers by around 50 percent during 2021-23 compared to savings achieved from programs implemented during 2018-20.
Arizona Corporation Commission Puts State on Clean Energy Path
October 29, 2020
[PHOENIX, AZ] – Today, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) made history, voting to put the Grand Canyon State on a path toward a healthier and more prosperous clean energy future.
Once final, the bipartisan package will require utilities to be 100 percent carbon-free by 2050 and meet benchmarks along the way, including a 50 percent renewable energy standard by 2035. These benchmarks ensure utilities cannot shelve their clean energy plans for...
Arizona Corporation Commission Votes to Expand Energy Efficiency
October 15, 2020
The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), Arizona PIRG Education Fund, and Wildfire: Igniting Community Action to End Poverty in Arizona, commended Chairman Bob Burns and Commissioners Boyd Dunn, Sandra Kennedy, and Lea Marquez Peterson - utility regulators at the Arizona Corporation Commission - for voting yesterday to expand Arizona’s Energy Efficiency Standard through 2030.
Under the new energy efficiency policy greenlighted by regulators,...
Arizona Corporation Commission Approves Programs to Save Money and Energy for Arizona Public Service Customers
September 24, 2020
The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), Arizona PIRG Education Fund, and Wildfire: Igniting Community Action to End Poverty in Arizona applauded a vote today by utility regulators at the Arizona Corporation Commission to approve energy-saving programs that will provide financial relief to APS ratepayers for months to come. Energy efficiency is widely recognized as the least expensive way to meet Arizona’s energy demand and for lowering customer...
Boulder makes the GoEV City commitment
September 21, 2020
[BOULDER, CO] – Last Tuesday night, Boulder City Council adopted 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 community.
Transportation is the number one source of climate-changing pollution in Colorado, and one of the largest contributors of local air pollution like ground-level Ozone (smog), which...
SWEEP’s Ellen Zuckerman Recognized as 2020 “Champion of Energy Efficiency in Buildings” by ACEEE
August 19, 2020
[BOULDER, CO] – Ellen Zuckerman, Arizona Representative at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), was recognized today as a 2020 “Champion of Energy Efficiency in Buildings” by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Ellen and four others were recognized for their work to better our air, health, and economy by improving the efficiency of buildings around the country. She received the award in the “Young...
Low-Income and Environmental Advocates Applaud New Mexico’s New Energy Conservation Building Code
August 7, 2020
[ALBUQUERQUE, NM] – The New Mexico Construction Industries Commission (CIC) voted this morning to adopt a statewide energy conservation code based on the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) — with some New Mexico specific amendments. This new code will bring New Mexico up to date with its energy code for new buildings, reducing energy use in new residential and commercial buildings by about 25 percent.
“Updating our energy...
Albuquerque Adopts Most Recent Model Building Energy Code
August 4, 2020
[ALBUQUERQUE, NM] – Last night, the Albuquerque City Council voted to adopt a new and efficient building energy code, the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). This new energy code — the first update in a decade — is an important step in Albuquerque’s path forward as a leader in energy conservation in the region and moves the City forward on the path towards sustainability.
“Updating our energy code is one...
Arizona Corporation Commission Passes the Buck on Energy Conservation Policies that Would Save Customers Money
July 31, 2020
[PHOENIX, AZ] – A huge opportunity was missed today by utility regulators at the Arizona Corporation Commission to extend and expand Arizona’s successful Energy Efficiency Standard, which was adopted with bipartisan support in 2010. The policy has delivered more than $1.4 billion in net economic benefits for utility customers of Arizona Public Service (APS), Tucson Electric Power (TEP), and UNS Electric.1
Energy efficiency in Arizona is working....
New Mexico Commission Approves Clean Resource Portfolio as Replacement for the San Juan Coal Plant
July 29, 2020
[ALBUQUERQUE, NM] – The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC) today voted unanimously to approve replacement of the electricity that Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) receives from the San Juan Generating Station with a combination of solar generation, energy storage, and demand response.
The portfolio of resources approved by the Public Regulation Commission was developed by the Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy (CCAE) and...
New Report Helps Local Communities Shift to Clean, Efficient, and All-Electric Buildings
July 23, 2020
[BOULDER, CO] – A new report and summary infographic released today by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project guides local governments through policy options and pathways to electrify new buildings – a key strategy for meeting climate and public health goals. The report, “Building Electrification: How Cities and Counties are Implementing Electrification Policies – with Adoptable Code Language,” provides insight to local governments...
CO Advocates Support Multi-State Move to Cut Truck, Bus Pollution
July 14, 2020
DENVER, CO - Colorado joined 14 other states and the District of Columbia to announce new plans to clean up pollution from trucks, aiming to make at least 30% of all new medium- and heavy-duty vehicle sales in their states zero-emission vehicles by no later than 2030 and 100% by 2050. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) sets targets for achieving full electrification of medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses, along with interim sales targets for manufacturers....
APS, Arizona Corporation Commission Fail to Protect Vulnerable Ratepayers
May 6, 2020
Arizona PIRG Education Fund and Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) said a vote last night by the Arizona Corporation Commission, the state’s utility regulators, failed to provide the short-term relief many ratepayers need now and the long-term relief many ratepayers will need for months to come.
Arizona Public Service proposed taking ratepayer money designated for energy efficiency programs to provide emergency relief for “customers...
Nevada Clean Car Advocates Respond to Federal Rollback of Auto Efficiency Standards
April 1, 2020
[CARSON CITY, NV] -- The Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today finalized a rule to weaken rules which require auto manufacturers to produce cleaner, more efficient vehicles. The original rules, established in 2010, were designed to double fuel economy and to cut global warming pollution in half for cars sold in 2025. The weaker standards could result in more than 1.5 billion additional metric tons of global...
NM Clean Car Advocates Respond to Federal Rollback of Auto Efficiency Standards
April 1, 2020
[ALBUQUERQUE, NM] -- The Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today finalized action to weaken requirements for auto manufacturers to produce cleaner, more efficient vehicles. The original rules, established in 2010, were designed to double fuel economy and to cut global warming pollution in half for cars sold in 2025. The weaker standards could result in more than 1.5 billion additional metric tons of global...
Colorado Clean Car Advocates Respond to Trump's Auto Efficiency Standards Rollback
April 1, 2020
[DENVER, CO] -- The Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today finalized the rule to rewrite the federal clean car standards. The clean car standards were first established in 2010 and are projected to double fuel economy and to cut global warming pollution in half for cars sold in 2025. The weaker standards could result in more than 1.5 billion additional metric tons of global warming pollution in our atmosphere...
New Report: Modernize the Colorado Gas Tax to Improve Air Quality, Save Money, and Protect the Climate
March 10, 2020
[BOULDER, COLORADO] – A new research paper released today by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project finds that Colorado has missed out on $7 billion in transportation funding since 1991, largely because the state has not raised its gas tax to keep up with inflation. The report, Sustainable Transportation Funding for Colorado: Modernizing the Gas Tax to Improve Air Quality, Protect the Climate, and Save Money, recommends policy reforms to increase...
Electric Vehicles Could Save New Mexicans Billions of Dollars
February 12, 2020
[SANTA FE, NM] - New Mexicans can save more than $20 billion through 2050 by moving from gas-powered cars to electric vehicles (EVs), according to a new report. The resulting reduced air pollution would provide an additional $5 billion in benefits, while widespread EV adoption would reduce all utility customer bills by nearly $5 billion, adding up to a total of $30 billion saved.
The report, Plug-in Electric Vehicle Cost-Benefit Analysis: New Mexico,...
SWEEP Releases Comic Electric Vehicle Video
January 27, 2020
[ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO] - Today, the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) launched a humorous video about the benefits of electric vehicles, starring the famous New Mexico character “Lynette” played by Lauren Poole. “Lynette’s Albuquerque” channel has garnered more than 1 million views on YouTube.”
Watch the video here
“Electric vehicles (EVs) are part of the foundation for New Mexico’s clean...
APS Voluntarily Commits To 100% Carbon-free Electricity By 2050, 45% Renewables By 2030
January 24, 2020
[PHOENIX, ARIZONA] - Conservation and consumer groups today welcomed Arizona Public Service’s (APS) announcement that will set the utility on a path toward 45 percent renewable energy by 2030 and 100 percent carbon-free electricity by midcentury. Currently, 13 percent of the utility’s electricity is generated from renewable sources.
Specifically, the utility is committing to provide 65 percent carbon-free electricity generation by 2030,...
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.
Arizona Public Service to Restore Partial Funding for Energy Efficiency Programs
December 31, 2019
[PHOENIX, ARIZONA] - 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...
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...
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...
Advocates See Colorado’s Transportation Future in New Roaring Fork Electric Bus Service
December 3, 2019
[ASPEN, CO] - Today, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority launched eight new electric, zero-emissions buses as part of its public transit service, operating in and around the valley between Glenwood Springs and Aspen, Colorado. Leaders of the GoEV City Coalition, a group of non-profit organizations working to accelerate clean transportation solutions, praised the project:
“RFTA is proving that electric buses work under the harshest conditions...
SWEEP Recognizes Five Legislators for Leadership in Energy Efficiency
November 13, 2019
[BOULDER, CO] - The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) presented 2019 Leadership in Energy Efficiency Awards to three members of the Colorado legislature and two members of the New Mexico legislature. All five individuals were sponsors of important energy efficiency legislation adopted in their respective state in 2019.
Awards were presented to Colorado State Senator Faith Winter, Representative Meg Froelich, and Representative Cathy Kipp at...
Tri-State, national partners to advance low carbon energy use across Colorado
October 29, 2019
[WESTMINSTER, CO] - Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association joins the national Beneficial Electrification League (BEL), the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and others today to announce establishment of the BEL’s first state chapter, which will advance beneficial electrification in Colorado.
Additional participants in launching the Beneficial Electrification League of Colorado...
Colorado Maintains High Ranking in State Energy Efficiency Scorecard; New Mexico and Nevada Move Up
October 1, 2019
Colorado remained in 14th place in the 2019 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), while New Mexico and Nevada achieved higher rankings compared to those in last year’s State Energy Efficiency Scorecard.
Colorado continued its strong showing in 2019, gaining points for increasing funding as well as the energy savings achieved by utility energy efficiency programs. Colorado...
New Report Explores Trailblazing Grid-Integrated & Energy Efficient Housing Developments In The Southwest
September 20, 2019
[BOULDER, CO] - A new report by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project explores the penetration level of smart, connected, energy-saving, and grid-integrated technology in new housing developments springing up across the southwestern U.S. The report finds a significant nexus making these communities attractive to homebuyers/consumers, home builders and electric utilities.
“Our organization is dedicated to increasing energy efficiency across the...
GoEV City Coalition Recognizes Denver as GoEV City
September 19, 2019
[DENVER, CO] - CoPIRG and the Go EV City coalition recognized Denver as a Go EV City today to acknowledge their ambitious goals to promote electric vehicles in the city and state.
These goals include plans to electrify the city fleet, public transportation, taxis and ride-share companies, and all passenger vehicles in the community in the coming decades.
Allison Conwell, an advocate with CoPIRG, spoke at the press conference to acknowledge the city.
High Stakes for Colorado in Anticipated Clean Cars Program Rollback
September 17, 2019
According to news reports, on Wednesday the Trump administration will revoke Colorado’s authority to set tougher emission standards for automobiles. This would be a direct attack on Colorado’s participation in the Clean Cars Program, which the state adopted in 2018 and 2019. The Clean Cars Program requires automakers to build cars that emit less carbon pollution, and to introduce more electric vehicles to Colorado markets. Colorado, California,...
Colorado Clean Car Advocates Celebrate Vote to Adopt Statewide Zero Emission Vehicle Standards
August 16, 2019
(Denver, CO) - Today, following a vote by Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commissioners to adopt a statewide Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) standard, organizations and businesses working to save energy, cut carbon and clean the air we breathe, lauded the vote and what a ZEV standard means for the future of Colorado.
The new ZEV standard will reduce harmful tailpipe pollution, protect our health and climate, and save Coloradans money. By requiring...
New Report: Compact Development in Boulder Critical to Meet Climate and Air Pollution Goals
August 8, 2019
(Boulder,CO) - Compact development, especially along heavily used transit corridors and around established commercial centers, would provide Boulder with a number of critical environmental benefits, including reduced air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from commuters who travel into Boulder via car.
According to the new report by Colorado-based advocacy groups, CoPIRG Foundation, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), and Environment Colorado...
Groups Unite in Urging ACC to Adopt Strong Clean Energy Plan for Arizonans
July 29, 2019
(Phoenix, Ariz.) – More than two dozen groups representing consumer, faith, business, environmental, public health, and tribal community interests today submitted a joint proposal (8.1 MB File) for a strong clean energy plan to utility regulators at the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC). The commission will hold an energy rules stakeholder meeting in Phoenix on Wednesday, July 31.
The groups are urging the ACC to increase the amount of renewable...
New Scorecard Ranks Cities on Energy Efficiency and Climate Policies
July 25, 2019
(DENVER, CO) – U.S. cities are increasingly ramping up their energy efficiency efforts, notably with stricter energy-saving rules for buildings, but unfortunately only a few cities appear on track to meet their community-wide climate goals, according to the 2019 City Clean Energy Scorecard, released today by the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
The Scorecard includes ten cities in the Southwest, with Denver...
Emerging Home Energy Technologies Highlighted Aug. 1
July 25, 2019
(HENDERSON, NEV.) - New homes built in Nevada are increasingly energy efficient with the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy leading the way by adopting the most recent International Energy Conservation Code (2018 IECC). Most local jurisdictions in Nevada have also adopted the 2018 IECC—which saves homeowners an estimated $360 a year on utility bills as compared to homes built to the 2009 standard, according to a U.S. Department of Energy study.
Court Gives Colorado Green Light for Clean Car Standards
July 8, 2019
(Denver, CO) – Today, the District Court for the City and County of Denver rejected a challenge seeking to block implementation of more protective pollution standards for passenger vehicles. (Case Number 2019 CV30343)
Last November, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission adopted Regulation #20, the Colorado Low Emission Automobile Regulation (or CLEAR). The rule requires automobile manufacturers to build vehicles that achieve better fuel efficiency...
State Directing $70 Million to Clean Transportation
June 20, 2019
(Denver, CO) – Last week, Colorado rolled out an updated plan for spending its $68.7 million share of funds available as a result of the Volkswagen (VW) emissions cheating scandal. The plan increases Colorado’s focus on clean, electric transportation, fulfilling one of the directives of Governor Polis’ first executive order, “Supporting a Transition to Zero Emission Vehicles.”
“This new plan steers Colorado in the...
SWEEP Praises Governor Polis and Colorado Legislators for Adopting Important Energy Efficiency Legislation
May 30, 2019
(Boulder, CO) - On May 30th, Governor Jared Polis signed into law seven bills that will advance energy efficiency, boost renewable energy, and slow climate change in Colorado. HB 1231 establishes energy and water efficiency standards for 15 residential and commercial products sold in the state. The bill also puts in place energy and water standards in Colorado on any product for which such standards are rolled back by the Federal government.
SWEEP Praises Nevada for Adopting Energy Efficient Lamp Standards
May 28, 2019
(Carson City, NV) – Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed AB54 into law, a bill that assures the Silver State maintains a high standard of energy efficiency for lamps sold in Nevada, receiving praise from the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) for leadership on this issue.
“AB54, which originally passed out of the Assembly Growth and Infrastructure Committee, is an important law that will ensure consumers in Nevada obtain energy-efficient...
EV-Ready Code Requirements For New Commercial Buildings Passes Through IECC Committee
May 22, 2019
(Albuquerque, NM) - The International Code Council (ICC) code hearings were held the first week of May in Albuquerque to determine which of the proposed code amendments will be considered for adoption in the 2021 model building code. Southwest Energy Efficiency Project’s (SWEEP) proposal to add electric vehicle (EV)-ready infrastructure requirements to the code was approved by the commercial International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) committee.
The State Legislature Just Sped Up Colorado’s Transition to Electric Vehicles
May 7, 2019
(DENVER, CO) - This Friday, a key clean air commission could take the next big step by considering a new electric vehicle standard.
While the federal government stalls out on clean transportation, environmental, public health and consumer advocates came together Tuesday to celebrate major progress on electric vehicles at the State Legislature, and to call attention to the next major step Colorado can take to speed up vehicle electrification. Advocates...
Energy Codes Bill Passes Colorado Legislature
May 6, 2019
(Boulder, CO) - The Colorado legislature has passed a much-needed Energy Codes Update Bill, HB19-1260, with broad bipartisan support. This new law will significantly increase energy savings as well as improve health and safety in new residential and commercial construction. The law requires local jurisdictions to adopt at least one of the three most recent versions of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) when they update their other building...
Colorado Legislature Adopts Appliance Standards Bill
May 6, 2019
(Boulder, CO) - The Colorado legislature has passed HB19-1231 which sets minimum energy- and water-saving standards for 15 different residential and commercial appliances and products sold in Colorado. The bill also enacts minimum energy and water standards on any products for which such standards are rolled back by the Federal government.
“The standards included in HB19-1231 will save energy, water and money. Colorado residents and businesses...
SWEEP Announces 2019 Allies
April 12, 2019
The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) announced today that 44 companies and non-profit organizations have joined, or renewed memberships in, our Allies program. The participating businesses and organizations help SWEEP expand our work to advance energy efficiency policies and programs at the state, local and utility levels.
“Our Allies provide valuable financial support, especially at this time when state and local leadership is crucial...
House Committee Approves Bill to Improve Appliance Energy Efficiency
March 26, 2019
Froelich-Kipp bill will help consumers save money, conserve energy & water
(Mar. 25) – The House Energy and Environment committee approved a bill, sponsored by Rep. Meg Froelich, D-Englewood, and Rep. Cathy Kipp, D-Fort Collins, that would set up-to-date energy and water efficiency standards for commercial and residential products that are not already regulated under the federal government.
“Hardworking Coloradans are already saving...
Legislation Amended To Help Consumers Save Energy and Money
March 20, 2019
(Carson City, NV) – The Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy (NGOE) has introduced an important amendment to Assembly Bill 54, to ensure that the Silver State maintains a high level of energy efficiency for light bulbs sold in Nevada.
“AB 54, as amended in the Assembly’s Growth and Infrastructure Committee, will save consumers money on their utility bills and also reduce pollutant emissions from power plants,” said Tom Polikalas,...
New Mexico Passes Bill to Expand Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure
March 19, 2019
(Santa Fe, NM) – On March 16th, the New Mexico legislature passed HB 521, a bill that expands the role of utilities in electrifying the state’s transportation system. This is a major step in New Mexico’s commitment to reduce emissions and decarbonize the transportation sector, which is the leading source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the U.S.
The bill requires regulated utilities to develop electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure...
Energy Efficiency Legislation Adopted: NM utilities will continue to help their customers save energy
March 14, 2019
(Santa Fe, NM) – New Mexico electric utility companies will maintain strong energy efficiency programs for their customers over the next decade as a result of a bill that passed in the legislature on March 13th. This legislation, HB 291, is now headed to the desk of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham who is expected to sign it.
“The legislation will result in lower electric bills for New Mexico’s families and businesses, as well as reduced...
Arizona Corporation Commission Approves TEP Energy Efficiency Program Restoration
February 7, 2019
Phoenix, AZ (Feb. 7, 2019) – The Arizona Corporation Commission voted at its February 6th, 2019 meeting to approve Tucson Electric Power’s (TEP) proposed energy efficiency programming budget of $22.9 million dollars. This approval will allow the Pima County utility to restore programs that have been on hold since their plan was initially released.
"By restoring funding for energy-saving programs, the Arizona Corporation Commission heeded...
Nevada Electric Transportation Forum
January 28, 2019
State, regional, and national experts will highlight the air quality, health, and economic benefits derived from electrifying transportation in Nevada
(RENO, NEV.) Surging interest in electric vehicles and the benefits Nevada will realize as more of its transportation sector is electrified led to a "sold out" capacity crowd at the upcoming Nevada Electric Transportation Forum being held Friday, February 1, 2019, at the University of Nevada,...
Nevada’s Economy, Health and Environment Will Benefit from More Electric Cars on the Road, New Report Says
January 23, 2019
A new report from the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) shows that electric vehicles (EVs) will save Nevada’s consumers money, stimulate the state economy, protect the environment, and that these benefits will grow over time as the electricity grid transitions from fossil fuel generation to renewables energy.
In Nevada, EVs save their drivers up to $1,264 per year in fuel and maintenance costs, which translates to significant economy-wide...
SWEEP Applauds Governor Polis’ Executive Order on Transportation Electrification
January 17, 2019
Earlier today, (Jan. 17, 2019) Colorado’s Governor Jared Polis issued an executive order on transportation electrification, his administration’s first major action on energy policy. The executive order will accelerate the ongoing transformation of the vehicle market.
The executive order has several major elements including:
1. Directs the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to propose a Zero Emission Vehicle...
Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, Western Resource Advocates Welcome Arizona’s New Rules to Expand Access to Affordable Clean Energy
January 17, 2019
Yesterday (Jan. 16, 2019), in a move applauded by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) and Western Resource Advocates (WRA), the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) took a significant step forward to make it easier for Arizonans to install clean, “distributed generation” energy technologies, such as solar panels, batteries, and combined heat and power systems.
After years of study, the ACC, which regulates utilities in the state,...
Denver’s “Community Builder” Award Recognizes Southwest Energy Efficiency Project
December 4, 2018
The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), a nonprofit advancing energy efficiency programs and policies in the Southwest, was honored with a top award from the City and County of Denver for its role as “Community Builder.” The award was presented by the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability at the Sustainable Denver Summit, held November 29, 2018 at the Colorado Convention Center.
“SWEEP is very grateful to the City and County...
SWEEP Awards Steve Bean 2018 Leadership in Energy Efficiency Award
December 4, 2018
At its annual workshop last week in Santa Fe, N.M., the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) presented its annual Leadership in Energy Efficiency Award to Steve Bean, Manager of Energy Efficiency Design at Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM).
Since Mr. Bean took the helm at PNM’s efficiency programs more than a decade ago, the company has helped customers save 620 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year as of 2017, enough to...
Flagstaff Climate Action and Adaptation Plan Includes Energy Efficiency
November 20, 2018
The Flagstaff City Council voted unanimously to adopt the city's new Climate Action and Adaptation Plan at its regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 20. SWEEP served as a stakeholder to inform the city on how building codes, energy efficiency programs, and electric vehicles will support Flagstaff in its sustainability and climate mitigation goals.
“Many of these programs will help make Flagstaff more resilient to the effects of climate change,...
SWEEP Applauds Colorado’s New Clean Car Rules
November 16, 2018
(Boulder, CO) Nov. 16, 2018 – Colorado’s new clean car rules, adopted today by the state’s Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC), will reduce air pollution and improve public health, said Matt Frommer, transportation senior associate at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP).
The 8-0 vote (with one recusal) means Colorado will adopt California’s low-emission vehicle (LEV) standards for passenger cars and medium-duty vehicles.
Boulder County Is the First Local Government Anywhere to Adopt a GoEV Resolution
November 13, 2018
The Boulder County, Colorado, Commissioners voted unanimously today (Tuesday, Nov. 13) to adopt a GoEV Resolution (2018-120), becoming the first local government to join the GoEV Cities and Counties campaign.
These goals include plans to electrify the county fleet, transit and school buses, taxis and ride-share companies, and all passenger vehicles in the community in the coming decades.
Will Toor, SWEEP’s transportation program director,...
Clean Energy Advocates Hail Outcome of Nevada Energy-Related Ballot Measures; The measures will assure Nevada’s transition to efficiency and renewable energy to power the state’s economy
November 7, 2018
Carson City, NV (Nov. 7, 2018) – Today, four clean energy advocacy groups, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, Western Resource Advocates, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Sierra Club, lauded the results of two energy-related measures on the Nevada ballot. Voters’ approval of Question 6 and rejection of Question 3 confirms that Nevadans want cleaner air and a strong clean energy economy.
Howard Geller, SWEEP’s executive...
Rocky Mountain Power Takes Step to Lower Energy-Savings Targets
November 2, 2018
SALT LAKE CITY – Energy efficiency is a vital energy “resource” just like solar energy and natural gas power plants, and according to a recent international report, increasing global energy efficiency is a central strategy to combat climate change. However, efforts to save energy are slowing in Utah.
A report filed with the Utah Public Service Commission (Docket No. 18-035-27) on November 1 shows that instead of increasing energy efficiency...
Denver Approves Landmark Green Building Policy
October 29, 2018
Denver’s City Council unanimously has approved a new Green Building Policy for large buildings, in a move cheered by business groups and environmental advocates alike.
Denver residents will see lower climate emissions, better water quality, increased green space, and more comfortable urban temperatures, while building owners and developers will have flexibility and options that can actually save them money.
The policy is based on the previous...
New Mexicans Have Reason to Celebrate National Energy Efficiency Day Oct. 5
October 4, 2018
Southwest Energy Efficiency Project and Environment New Mexico are celebrating National Energy Efficiency Day today by reminding New Mexicans of the numerous benefits of energy efficiency. Energy efficiency saves money, conserves water, reduces pollution, and create jobs, said the two clean energy organizations.
“This is a day to recognize and celebrate all the advantages of energy efficiency including lower bills, improved comfort at home and...
Southwest States Show Mixed Performance in New State Energy Efficiency Scorecard
October 4, 2018
Colorado and Nevada achieved higher rankings in the 2018 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), while New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming fell compared to their rankings in the 2017 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. Arizona’s ranking remained unchanged.
Among southwest states, Nevada moved up the most, from 34th place in 2017 to 29th place in 2018. Energy efficiency legislation...
Study Shows Sensible Rules Needed for Self-Driving Cars
September 25, 2018
Self-driving cars (also called autonomous vehicles or AVs) offer tremendous promise but need to be deployed correctly to avoid causing more problems than they solve, says a just released report from the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP).
“The lingo in the transportation wonk world is that driverless cars could lead to a 'heaven or a hell' scenario. We as a nation and in our communities need to get this policy right,” said...
Transit’s Benefits Documented for Garfield and Pitkin Counties
September 4, 2018
The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) produces millions of dollars more in benefits for Pitkin and Garfield Counties than it costs to fund, says a new report from the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP). The study’s release comes about two months before voters in the two counties will decide whether to raise property taxes to expand RFTA’s services.
“We estimate that RFTA’s services bring the two counties...
Trump Administration Poised to Enact Stealth “Tax” on Consumers
July 31, 2018
Consumers will pay more to fuel their cars if the Trump administration moves forward with plans to roll back car fuel economy standards in place for the past six years, the region’s leading energy efficiency advocacy group warned today. The stakes are very high for all states in the region, said the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP).
The Trump administration is expected to release a proposal this week to roll back vehicle fuel economy...
NV Energy Proposes Expansion of Energy Savings Programs
June 6, 2018
On June 1, NV Energy filed a new three-year demand-side management (DSM) plan in conjunction with a new Integrated Resource Plan. The new DSM plan calls for the utility to spend $197 million on electric DSM programs during 2019-21, approximately 30 percent more than the utility spent during 2015-17.
The plan is designed to save approximately 344 million kilowatt-hours from energy efficiency programs implemented annually during 2019-21. The annual energy...
Business Community Applauds NV Energy Proposal for Energy Efficiency and Six New Solar Plants
May 31, 2018
Nevada businesses and clean energy advocates today applauded new long-range plans introduced by the state’s largest electric utility, NV Energy, that include significant increases in solar energy generation, energy storage, and energy efficiency.
NV Energy today announced its three-year Integrated Resource Plan, for the first time combining Northern and Southern Nevada’s electric systems, and the utility pledged to double the amount of clean...
Crack the (Energy) Code – For Free; 2018 IECC Training Sessions Scheduled for June in Las Vegas
May 22, 2018
Nevada’s communities are becoming more energy efficient as they adopt the latest versions of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), but contractors, developers, homebuilders, architects, and other professionals in the construction trade need to understand the new requirements. To help these groups, the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) and other sponsors will hold free training sessions June 12-13 in Las Vegas, NV, at 6226 W....
SWEEP Applauds Important CO Transportation Measure
May 8, 2018
After months of debate, on May 8 the Colorado House and Senate passed Senate Bill 1, which allocates an additional $495 million to transportation for 2018-19 and another $150 million for 2019-20. SB1 also refers a measure to the voters in 2019 so the state can issue up to $2.4 billion in bonds, which will be repaid over 20 years by a combination of existing transportation revenues and an additional transfer of $50 million per year from the state general...
Federal Energy Efficiency Programs Spared Budget Ax; Congress Saves Jobs and Consumer Dollars in Southwestern States
March 23, 2018
The U.S. Congress today approved, and the president signed into law, a total budget of $1.17 billion for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) energy efficiency programs for FY18, a 12 percent increase over the $1.04 billion lawmakers approved in FY17 and a sum more than four times the $231.5 million that the Trump Administration proposed for these programs. In addition, the federal budget maintains the funding for the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR...
SWEEP Announces 2018 Allies; Businesses help support energy efficiency policy work in Southwest
March 15, 2018
The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) today announced that 36 companies have joined, or renewed memberships in, our Allies program. The participating businesses help SWEEP expand our work to advance utility energy efficiency programs and promote energy efficiency, including state and local policies that promote electric vehicles use and adoption.
“Our Allies provide crucial support, especially at this time of uncertain federal policy....
Historic ACC Decision Steers Arizona Utilities Toward Clean Energy Resources
March 14, 2018
For the first time ever, the Arizona Corporation Commission has voted not to acknowledge the energy resource plans of the state’s largest investor-owned utilities, Arizona Public Service (APS), Tucson Electric Power (TEP), and UNS Electric (UNSE), citing concern that they rely too heavily on natural gas and make unrealistic predictions about growth in energy demand.
In additional votes late in the day Tuesday that had broad or unanimous support...
Feb. 22 Electric Transportation Forum in Reno Plug into economic benefits, business opportunities, and national security issues at half-day workshop.
February 6, 2018
Electric vehicles and the electrification of transportation offer tremendous benefits to all Nevadans, according to organizers of a workshop to be held the afternoon of Thursday, February 22, 2018, at the UNR Innevation Center (450 Sinclair St.) in Reno. Transportation powered by electricity -- whether cars, trucks, buses, or other -- greatly reduces air pollution, provides substantial economic benefits to Nevada, and improves our nation’s security.
SWEEP Recognizes Two Nevada Legislators and Arizona Public Interest Attorney for Leadership in Energy Efficiency
November 21, 2017
(Las Vegas, NV) Nov. 21, 2017 – The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) today presented 2017 Leadership in Energy Efficiency Awards to Nevada State Senator Pat Spearman and Nevada Assemblyman William McCurdy II. Senator Spearman is the primary sponsor of Senate Bill 150 and Assemblyman McCurdy is the primary sponsor of Assembly Bill 223—two bills that significantly improve energy efficiency policy in Nevada. The Nevada legislature adopted...
Arizona Joins EV Charging Plan, Creating Eight-State Regional Corridor
October 20, 2017
PHOENIX, AZ (Oct. 20, 2017) -- SWEEP applauds Arizona for joining seven other states in the region to encourage adoption and use of electric vehicles (EVs). The Memorandum of Understanding, signed also by the governors of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, calls for the states to cooperate in developing locations to recharge electric vehicles along more than 5,000 miles of interstate highways throughout the Southwest and Rocky...
Conservation Groups Applaud Seven-State Pact to Develop EV Charging Corridors
October 5, 2017
(Denver, CO) OCT. 4, 2017 -- The seven-state agreement to develop “charging corridors” for electric vehicles (EVs) will help cleanse the West’s air and save consumers money, according to several regional energy efficiency and conservation groups.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) announced Oct. 4 by the governors of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming calls for the states to cooperate in developing locations...
Southwest Cities Join Nationwide Push to Save Energy, Money and Earth; Second annual EE Day urges Americans to take simple, affordable actions
October 4, 2017
(Boulder, CO) Oct. 4, 2017 – Cities and organizations around the Southwest -- including Salt Lake City, UT and Denver and Boulder, CO -- announced their support for the second annual national Energy Efficiency Day (EE Day) on October 5, 2017. The day promotes affordable, simple ways that communities, businesses and individuals can save money by saving energy.
“Energy efficiency is the most cost-effective form of energy available. In our arid...
How to Improve I-25 Traffic Without Spending Big Bucks
July 14, 2017
Many Colorado drivers complain about the traffic on Interstate 25 through metro Denver. But Colorado doesn’t have money to add new lanes to I-25, and even if it did, motorists would see only temporary benefits until traffic increased so much that even the new lanes would become snarled. Now, a report from the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) explains how to use market forces to improve the highway for the long-term, all at a reasonable cost.
SWEEP Applauds Gov. Hickenlooper for Issuing Clean Energy and Climate Executive Order
July 11, 2017
On July 11, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper took a bold step forward to combat the threat that climate change poses to the state and the nation. He has set economy-wide and electricity sector goals for reducing carbon pollution in Colorado, set meaningful policies for reducing emissions from the two most polluting sectors (electricity generation and transportation) and has committed to joining the U.S. Climate Alliance, a network of states committed...
Colorado PUC Approves Smart Grid Investment and Revenue Decoupling for Xcel Energy
June 21, 2017
(Denver, CO) JUNE 21, 2017 – On June 21, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved two important policies for Xcel Energy, Colorado’s largest electric utility. One policy gives Xcel Energy the green light to invest $612 million in modernizing the electric grid (including the installation of improved voltage controls in most of the utility’s power distribution system and new smart meters for all of Xcel Energy’s 1.4 million...
Nevada Legislature Takes Another Step to Support Energy Efficiency
June 5, 2017
SB150 Will Help Consumers and Businesses Cut Their Electricity Use
For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Penelope Purdy, SWEEP communications director, firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-447-0078 or 303-885-4909; or Tom Polikalas, email@example.com or 775) 386-7411
NV State Senator Pat Spearman, sponsor of SB150
(CARSON CITY, NV) June 5, 2017 - Nevada prides itself on being a leader in solar power and geothermal energy, but now state lawmakers...
Energy Managers Save $340,000 in 2016 Energy Costs
May 26, 2017
Companies recognized through this year’s Colorado Industrial Energy Efficiency Awards were, (left to right): Rick Merlino, Carestream Health; Ian Luders, Avery Brewing; Cole Sigmon, Boulder Wastewater; Kathleen Staks, CEO Executive Director (who presented the awards); Mark Smith, Keysight Technologies; and Gregg MacDonald, Corden Pharma. Photo by: Heatheryn Higgins, Colorado Energy Office.
Carestream Health, Corden Pharma, Keysight Technologies,...
Nevada Legislature Passes Important Energy Efficiency Legislation
May 24, 2017
For Immediate Release
For Further Information Contact: Tom Polikalas 775-386-7411
NV Assemblyman William McCurdy II, sponsor of AB 223
NEVADA LEGISLATURE PASSES IMPORTANT
ENERGY EFFICIENCY LEGISLATION
AB 223 Will Save Consumers and Businesses Money, Reduce Water Use
(Carson City, NV) MAY 24, 2017– With unanimous support, the Nevada State Legislature passed Assembly...
CO Consumers, Businesses Will Benefit from Passage of Energy Efficiency Measure
May 20, 2017
Consumers and businesses in Colorado stand to benefit enormously from the passage of House Bill 17-1227, which directs the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to establish energy savings goals for investor-owned electric utilities for ten years (2019-28).
The measure passed the Colorado state house on April 4 and the state senate on May 9. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed it into law on May17.
HB 1227 amends and updates successful legislation, adopted...
Nominate Your Business for Colorado Industrial Energy Efficiency Awards
March 8, 2017
For immediate release
(BOULDER, CO) March 8, 2017 -- Did your Colorado industrial facility achieve significant energy efficiency improvements during 2015 or 2016? Then we invite you to apply for recognition through this year’s Colorado Industrial Energy Efficiency Awards.
For the past six years, the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) has joined with the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) to recognize outstanding achievements in industrial...
Boulder Now Requires New Construction to Offer EV Charging Stations
February 23, 2017
BOULDER, CO (February 23, 2017) The Boulder city council unanimously passed one of the region’s most progressive codes to encourage installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in new, privately owned buildings. It is the fourth Colorado municipality to adopt an EV-friendly ordinance, joining Denver, Aspen and Boulder County. Salt Lake City, UT, is the other large city in the Southwest that requires EV charging stations to be included in...
Colorado Near the Bottom in Funding Public Transit
January 31, 2017
BOULDER, CO (January 31, 2017) Colorado ranks near the bottom in state funding of public transit, investing one-twentieth of the national average and ranking 29th among all states, says a new report from the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP). Moreover, unlike 20 other states, Colorado does not use any gas tax money to help public transit, according to the January 2017 study titled “State of Colorado is Near the Bottom in Funding Public...
New Report: Electric Vehicles Play a Role in Improving Utah Wasatch Front Air Quality
January 26, 2017
Salt Lake City, UT (Jan. 25, 2017) – A new report shows electric vehicles – both plug-in hybrids and fubattery-powered cars – will substantially help improve air quality along the Utah Wasatch Front. In addition, the study explains why the shift to electric vehicles (EVs) will bring economic benefits, too. The report, called “The Potential for Electric Vehicles to Reduce Vehicle Emissions and Provide Economic Benefits in the...
Two Southwest Utilities and City of Las Vegas Recognized for Energy-Saving Efforts
November 15, 2016
(Boulder, CO) – The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) today gave the 2016 Leadership in Energy Efficiency Awards to the City of Las Vegas Office of Sustainability, Rocky Mountain Power and Xcel Energy. Howard Geller, SWEEP’s executive director, presented the awards at the Thirteenth Annual Southwest Utility Energy Efficiency Workshop, which SWEEP hosted at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, NV.
“Las Vegas has demonstrated that...
New Home Ratings Will Answer the Question, "How Much Energy Will It Use?"
August 11, 2016
The Salt Lake City Parade of Homes continues through Aug. 13, and many Utahns taking the tour are pondering which new homes are best for them. One important question facing them is, "What would my energy bills be in this home versus that home?"
Utah consumers can now check energy ratings to understand a home's estimated energy use. That's because new homes in Utah may now include an energy rating score that empowers homebuyers to look...
Colorado Adopts Best-in-Nation EV Tax Incentive
May 16, 2016
DENVER, CO (May 13, 2016)—With only one dissenting vote, Colorado lawmakers improved the state’s incentives for alternative fuel (electric, hydrogen and CNG) vehicles by adopting HB 1332 in the session ended May 11. The incentive intends to boost sales by providing buyers of those vehicles with a $5,000 tax credit that can be assigned to a car dealer or finance company to effectively reduce the sticker price upon purchase.
The law goes into...
Nation's First EV/Solar Group Purchase Program Boosts Sales
March 17, 2016
DENVER, CO (March 17, 2016)—A coalition of Denver metro local governments led by Boulder County launched the nation’s first combined solar and electric vehicle group purchase program during the last four months of 2015 and tallied impressive sales results. Now the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) and the Colorado Energy Office have released a handbook and case study to help other cities and counties replicate the program across the...
Las Vegas Retailers Want Popular Energy Efficiency Programs Back
January 27, 2016
A Congresswoman representing Southern Nevada, the Retail Association of Nevada and several retail businesses spoke up this week in support of NV Energy’s request that the Nevada Public Utilities Commission consider reinstating two popular and successful energy efficiency programs that the commission voted to eliminate on Dec. 22, 2015.
The two programs that were cut are the Residential Lighting program, which lowers the cost of LED lamps sold...
Nevada Utility Commissioners Slash Funding for Energy Efficiency Programs
December 22, 2015
In a hearing today, Nevada utility commissioners took an unprecedented move to slash energy efficiency programs for residential and business customers of NV Energy in southern Nevada. Three programs were completely shuttered. The rest of NV Energy’s programs were funded at low levels for 2016-2018.
Programs that were eliminated:
1) Residential Lighting program which lowers the cost of LED lamps sold in stores;
2) Refrigerator Recycling...
Colorado Is Top Southwest State in Energy Efficiency
October 21, 2015
Colorado achieved top ranking overall among six southwestern states in the 2015 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The state improved its ranking from 13th in the nation in 2014 due primarily to advances with respect to transportation policy as well as state-sponsored energy efficiency incentives.
The annual scorecard measures states’ progress on a variety of energy...
New Mexico Loses Ground in Energy Efficiency
October 21, 2015
New Mexico dropped to 31st state in the nation in the 2015 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The state fell in the rankings from 22nd nationally in 2010, 27th in 2012, and 25th in 2014.
The annual scorecard measures states’ progress on a variety of energy efficiency efforts, including utility programs and policies, transportation policies, building energy codes and...
Nevada Loses Ground in Energy Efficiency
October 21, 2015
Nevada fell to 31st state in the nation in the 2015 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The state has steadily fallen in this ranking from being 15th in the nation in 2008, 19th in 2010, 31st in 2012, and 29th in 2014.
The annual scorecard measures states’ progress on a variety of energy efficiency efforts, including utility programs and policies, transportation policies,...
Driving Down, Use of Public Transit Up in Arizona
August 24, 2015
PHOENIX, AZ — A new report calls for transportation planners in Arizona’s biggest cities to support the trend toward less car travel by spending more of the funding pie on popular alternatives such as public transit, bike and pedestrian routes.
The report, Driving Trends and Transportation Funding in the Southwest: Budgets Can Support Further Reductions in Driving, analyzes public records and notes that, in the Phoenix metro area where 61%...
LEDs Light Up Energy Savings in Nevada
August 20, 2015
LAS VEGAS, NV —Energy efficiency programs in Nevada in 2014 were more productive than expected, thanks in part to robust sales of LED lights.
The information was included in two recent filings by NV Energy to the Nevada Public Utilities Commission:
“Nevada has turned the corner,” said Tom Polikalas, Nevada representative of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP). “NV Energy is investing more money in energy efficiency...
Boulder Eyes EVs as Important Climate Strategy: Zero Emission Cars Can Help Reach Goals
May 21, 2015
BOULDER, CO—Achieving deep emissions reductions – 80 percent or more by 2050, as now called for by climate scientists - will require a comprehensive transportation plan that significantly reduces single occupancy vehicle trips and aggressive strategies to replace the remaining cars with clean energy vehicles, according to a report released today by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project.
The 75-page report, Boulder Electric Vehicle Infrastructure...
Energy Efficient Industrials Get State Recognition
May 20, 2015
DENVER, CO --The City of Greeley's Wastewater Treatment plant and the MillerCoors Golden Brewery will receive awards from the State of Colorado for their outstanding achievements in energy efficiency. Jeff Ackermann, director of the Colorado Energy Office, will present the awards on-site at each organization.
Over the past two years, from 2012-2014, the MillerCoors Golden Brewery cut energy consumption per barrel of beer by 21%, and the Greeley Wastewater...
Ann Livingston Named to Energy Leadership Program
April 30, 2015
Ann Livingston, program manager for state and local engagement at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, was selected from a national pool of candidates to participate in the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) 2015 Executive Energy Leadership program. She joins 21 other business, community and government leaders in a five-month educational program of technical briefings, lab and site tours of renewable energy and energy...
Will Toor Receives Civic Leadership Award
April 30, 2015
Will Toor, the transportation program director for the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, received the John V. Christensen Memorial Award for regional civic leadership at the 60th anniversary celebration and awards event of the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) held in Denver on April 22.
In making the award, DRCOG Chair Jackie Millet recognized Toor for his lengthy public service career and ability to work collaboratively.
Driving Continues to Decrease, Impacts Transportation Planning
February 13, 2015
DENVER, Colo. (Feb. 13, 2015)--Richelle Rothman doesn't own a car. The long-time Denver resident commutes to work by bike and uses public transit for trips within the metro Denver area. When she goes out of town, she shares a ride with friends or schedules a car through Car2Go, a rideshare business.
"It's a lifestyle choice that I made to reduce my carbon footprint, but it turns out it is super easy and much less expensive to not own...
State Construction Data Now Available in Visual Format
February 3, 2015
DENVER, Colo. (Feb. 3, 2015)--A new series of fact sheets issued by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) provides energy efficiency program managers with a visual snapshot of new building and renovation activity in the $11.3 billion regional commercial construction industry, broken down by each of six southwest states and the region overall.
The two-page fact sheets translate raw data from CMD Group into pie charts and graphs that show which...
Colorado's Industrial Plants Get New Incentives for Producing Clean Energy
January 9, 2015
DENVER, Colo. (Jan. 9, 2015) --Colorado's industrial plants and manufacturers have a new opportunity to participate in Colorado's clean energy economy by taking advantage of incentives from Xcel Energy that help them turn their wasted heat from operations into profits.
In a Dec. 26 ruling, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission approved Public Service Company of Colorado, a subsidiary of Xcel Energy, to provide financial incentives to industrial...
Arizona Utilities and The City of Peoria Win Southwest Leadership in Energy Efficiency Awards
November 20, 2014
TEMPE, AZ (November 20, 2014) Arizona’s three largest electric utilities received leadership awards for highly effective energy efficiency programs in a ceremony held today during the 11th annual Southwest Energy Efficiency Workshop at the Tempe Mission Palms hotel. The City of Peoria received a leadership award for its ongoing energy efficiency efforts and for being the first city in Arizona to adopt a state-of-the-art building energy code for all...
Commission Proposal Would Eliminate Energy Savings Requirements for Utilities
November 7, 2014
PHOENIX (November 6, 2014) — On the afternoon of Election Day, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) distributed "draft rules containing possible amendments" that proposed to eliminate the rules that set energy savings requirements for utilities.
The Energy Efficiency Standards (EES) currently require the state’s utilities, such as Arizona Public Service Company and Tucson Electric Power, to achieve 22% electricity energy savings...
Southwest States Recognized for Energy Efficiency in ACEEE Scorecard
October 22, 2014
Colorado achieved top ranking overall among six southwestern states in the 2014 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Arizona retained its “Best in the West” ranking for energy savings from utility energy efficiency programs.
The annual scorecard measures states’ progress on a variety of energy efficiency efforts, including utility programs and policies, transportation...
Proposed EV Policies Rev Up Electric Drive Week in New Mexico
September 9, 2014
Santa Fe (Sept. 9, 2014)—Electric vehicle legislation to be introduced this year in New Mexico by Rep. Jim Trujillo adds a more serious note to fun events planned in Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque for National Electric Drive Week, Sept. 15-21, 2014.
“State policies are important tools for addressing barriers to EV ownership and reaping the benefits of cleaner air and much lower fuel costs,” said Rep. Trujillo.
NV State Policies Needed to Promote Electric Vehicles
September 9, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. (Sept. 9, 2014) – Several proposed new state policies would open up the Nevada market for electric vehicles, according to a new report issued by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP). Without them, the state will keep its foot on the brake instead of revving up sales of the cars despite its selection as the home state for the new Tesla electric vehicle battery factory.
“Nevada does not yet have the policy infrastructure...
Policies and Programs Make Nevada Utility A Leader for Electric Vehicles
August 28, 2014
RENO, Nev. (Aug. 28, 2014) – A new report issued by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) shows that Nevada’s major utility, NV Energy, is a leader in the Southwest and the nation in promoting clean electric vehicle transportation.
Through its Shared Investment Program, NV Energy has facilitated the installation of nearly half the public electric vehicle charging stations in the state. The utility also offers a special electric...
Adam Bickford and Ann Livingston Join SWEEP Staff
August 4, 2014
BOULDER, CO—The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) announced today that Adam Bickford and Ann Livingston have joined the organization, Bickford as senior associate in the utilities program and Livingston as program manager for state and local engagement.
Bickford will review utility energy efficiency program design and participate in dockets before state commissions where utility energy efficiency policies and programs are reviewed. Prior...
NV Energy's Efficiency Programs Decline Again in 2013
July 24, 2014
Legislation to Set Energy Efficiency Standards Would Save Consumers Money on Utility Bills and Create Jobs
A lack of state standards and utility incentives for energy efficiency programs in Nevada is hurting the utility’s customers where it counts—in the pocketbook.
According to two reports released July 1 by NV Energy, the utility’s customers in 2013 saved 61% less than they saved as a result of the utility’s programs just...
Colorado PUC Considers Easing Access to Building Energy Use Data
July 14, 2014
DENVER, CO—The Colorado Public Utilities Commission will review this summer a request to revise rules that restrict the ability of municipalities and building owners to obtain from utilities the annual energy use data for their commercial and apartment buildings.
A group of Colorado cities, counties and advocacy groups told the PUC on Tuesday, July 1, that local governments and building owners must have access to aggregated energy use data in order...
Contractor Finds Niche Selling Energy Efficient Lighting to Businesses
March 19, 2014
Utility Rebates Make Lighting Upgrades Affordable
PHOENIX, AZ—Arizona utilities Tucson Electric Power (TEP) and Arizona Public Service (APS) announced 2013 energy savings from their efficiency programs today, and Art Ledner is proud of his company’s contributions to the results.
Ledner and his Green Energy Guys sales team at Inline Electrical Resources have gone door to door in the Arizona business community and completed 2,200 lighting...
Xcel Energy Adds Panels for EV Charging to Solar Program
January 31, 2014
DENVER, CO—Xcel Energy has expanded its Solar Rewards program to include the charging of electric vehicles from photovoltaic solar panels, effective today.
An Xcel Energy customer who purchases an electric vehicle (EV) can now install a solar system large enough to cover the electricity demand for both home and vehicle use and receive incentives from the utility for doing so.
“The Solar Rewards program expansion opens up opportunities...
NM to Consider Two Energy-Saving Bills in 2014 Session
January 29, 2014
SANTA FE, NM—Two proposed state legislative bills that provide income tax credits for energy efficiency— one promoting the purchase of electric vehicles and charging stations, the other supporting home energy and water efficiency upgrades—were introduced into the New Mexico legislature for consideration during the short 2014 session.
HB 136, Electric Vehicle and Charging Station Income Tax Credit
HB 136, sponsored by Representative...
22 Businesses Join SWEEP Allies Program
January 29, 2014
The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) announced the launch of its Allies Program today, with 22 energy efficiency businesses or business organizations participating so far in 2014, the inaugural year for the program. These companies are helping SWEEP advance its mission to increase energy efficiency and thereby save households and businesses money while improving the environment in the Southwest.
SWEEP is a public interest organization working...
Castle Rock Eases Compliance with Updated Building Codes
May 1, 2013
CASTLE ROCK, CO – For Dan Weed, “phased implementation” is the secret to success when it comes to updating municipal building energy codes.
The former lead building official for the Town of Castle Rock, Colo., says it is important to not overwhelm local construction professionals with frequent changes, so he created a successful schedule that phases in the new energy code construction changes over time.
“The goal for compliance...