States, localities and utilities in the Southwest continued to adopt and implement effective energy efficiency policies and programs in 2018, with support from SWEEP. Highlights include:
- Electric utilities in the Southwest helped their customers save about 2,300 gigawatt hours (GWh) per year from energy efficiency programs implemented in 2018, equivalent to the electricity use of 230,000 typical households in the region.
- Electric utility energy efficiency programs implemented in 2018 will provide households and businesses about $900 million in net economic benefits, while also reducing CO2 emissions by approximately 16 million metric tons over the lifetime of the installed energy efficiency measures.
- With support from SWEEP, states, cities and counties continued to adopt either the 2015 or 2018 version of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). As of 2018, the majority of new construction in the region is occurring in jurisdictions that have adopted one of these state-of-the-art building energy codes.
- Commercial building benchmarking and disclosure policies advanced in the region in 2018, most notably with Fort Collins, CO and Reno, NV adopting new benchmarking and disclosure requirements.
- The market for electric vehicles is growing rapidly in the Southwest, due in part to policies that SWEEP advocated. Sales of plug-in vehicles in our region doubled in the last year.
- Due in part to the efforts of SWEEP, states in the region are devoting a large fraction of Volkswagen Settlement funds to EV charging infrastructure and public transit electrification.
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