2016 Annual Report
Southwest utilities, states and localities continued to make substantial progress in improving energy efficiency in 2016, thanks in part to the efforts of SWEEP. Highlights include:
- Electric utilities in the region helped their customers save about 2,400 gigawatt hours (GWh) per year from energy efficiency programs implemented in 2016 alone, equivalent to the electricity use of 230,000 typical households.
- Electric utility energy efficiency programs implemented in 2016 will provide households and businesses about $750 million in net economic benefits, while also reducing CO2 emissions by millions of tons and water consumption by billions of gallons.
- All seven major electric utilities in the region were above the national average savings percentage as of 2016, which was approximately 0.7 percent of retail electricity sales.
- Utilities in the region are implementing innovative energy efficiency programs based on recommendations provided by SWEEP, including industrial strategic energy management and energy manager co-funding programs.
- With support from SWEEP, states, cities and counties continued to adopt either the 2012 or 2015 version of International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). As of 2016, the majority of new construction in the region is occurring in jurisdictions that have adopted a state-of-the-art building energy code.
- Commercial building benchmarking and disclosure policies advanced in the region in 2016, most notably with Denver adopting a new benchmarking/disclosure requirement.
- The market for electric vehicles is growing rapidly in the Southwest, due in part to policies that SWEEP advocated. In 2016, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona and Utah were among the top ten states with respect to the fastest growing EV markets.
- 2016 Annual Report