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Xcel Energy Proposes Electric Vehicle Charging Pilot In Colorado
September 10, 2019
On Friday, Xcel Energy filed a request for the approval of a $9 million investment in electric vehicle (EV) make-ready infrastructure projects to be completed in 2020-21. This proposal follows the passage Senate Bill 19-077, which allows Colorado’s regulated utilities to recover the cost of EV charging infrastructure investments and requires them to submit Transportation Electrification Plans (TEPs) before May 15, 2020. Of the proposed $9 million...
New SWEEP Report Explores Southwestern Utilities’ Successful Energy Efficiency Programs and Investments Designed Around Grid-Integrated Buildings
August 29, 2019
(BOULDER, CO) – A new report by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project entitled Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings: Providing Energy Demand Flexibility for Utilities in the Southwest, provides a summary of the residential and small commercial grid-interactive building demand-side management (DSM) programs at the major utilities in the Southwest, highlighting existing programs in the region that are using grid-interactive buildings (GEBs) as a resource...
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...
SWEEP Joins More Than 20 Organizations to Propose Extended Efficiency Standard, New Clean Energy Rules For Arizona
August 1, 2019
Earlier this week, SWEEP joined a coalition of 25 organizations to propose a comprehensive clean energy plan for adoption by the Arizona Corporation Commission. The proposed rules require: The two dozen signatories represent consumer, faith, business, environmental, public health, and tribal community interests who worked collaboratively over the last several months to draft the proposal. On energy efficiency, the Joint Stakeholder proposal...
Southwestern States Win Federal Grants For Deploying Electric Buses And Charging Infrastructure
July 29, 2019
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration recently announced the selection of projects being awarded federal funds under the Low or No Emission Grants Program. The FTA received 155 proposals from 38 states and the District of Columbia that requested a total of $498 million. Ultimately, the FTA chose to fund 38 projects totaling $85 million from that large pool of applicants, and Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico...
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...
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,...
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. There...
Arizona Corporation Commission Approves TEP’s Energy Efficiency Implementation Plan Through 2020
July 11, 2019
On July 10th, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) voted unanimously to approve Tucson Electric Power’s (TEP) Energy Efficiency Plan through the end of 2020. With this vote TEP will maintain a budget of more than $22 million for its efficiency programs. According to TEP, these programs have historically delivered more than $5 in benefits for every $1 invested. SWEEP testified at the Commission’s Open Meeting on July 10, 2019, in support of...