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SWEEP Applauds Important CO Transportation Measure

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 fund.

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Rocky Mountain Power Achieved Greater Energy Savings in 2018
May 22, 2018
Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) reports that its 2017 energy efficiency programs helped its Utah customers save 344 million kWh per year, equivalent to the electricity use of about 39,000 typical households in the state. The energy savings were 11 percent greater than the savings achieved through the utility’s programs in 2016. Savings increased for both residential and commercial sector energy efficiency programs. In addition, the company’s 2017...
Energy Efficiency Jobs Climb in the Southwest
May 21, 2018
Check out Howard Geller's new blog about how energy efficiency employs more workers  in the Southwest than even fossil fuels production does. As of 2017, there were 127,750 jobs focused on improving energy efficiency in the Southwest region (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming) according to the newly released 2018 U.S. Energy and Employment Report. Moreover, energy efficiency remains the top sector for energy jobs in the...
SWEEP Explains Why Car Makers Don't Offer More Electric Vehicles in CO and What to Do About It
May 16, 2018
Subaru plans to offer its first plug-in hybrid powertrain on its Crosstrek -- but won't sell the cars in Colorado. In today's edition of the Colorado Springs Gazette, SWEEP's Will Toor explains what Colorado must do to encourage Subaru and other car makers to offer electric vehicles in our state. "Despite the fact that Colorado has some of the strongest consumer demand for electric vehicles, most car manufacturers don't sell all...
SWEEP Explains Why NV’s New EV Charging Rules Help Consumers and Clean Air
May 11, 2018
Check out today’s news story from the Nevada Independent regarding the decision by the Public Utility Commission of Nevada’s decision to let NV Energy play a central role in building electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. SWEEP’s Will Toor called the EV charging stations a public good and noted that electric vehicles lower greenhouse emissions and could even reduce rates over time by helping the utility better balance demand for power with its supply.  
Colorado lawmakers should nurture the electric vehicle market, not punish it
May 7, 2018
Check out the latest op-ed by SWEEP's Will Toor about why electric vehicles benefit all Coloradans, not just people who drive them. "Widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) will bring tremendous benefits to Colorado.  They help our air quality, are good for consumers, and are good for the economy as a whole. If we want to achieve all the benefits that EVs bring, we need to get a lot more on the road."  
Colorado takes major step forward on implementing state electric vehicle plan
April 11, 2018
On April 10, the Colorado Energy Office released a request for applications, inviting private-sector partners to build fast-charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) along most major highway corridors in Colorado, including: I-25, I-70, U.S. 36, U.S. 40, U.S. 50, U.S. 160, U.S. 285, and U.S. 550. The state is investing approximately $10 million in this program, using federal transportation funds and money from the settlement of the VW emissions testing...
SWEEP Congratulates 2018 ENERGY STAR Award Winners in the Southwest
April 4, 2018
In 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy (DOE) recognized 163 ENERGY STAR partner organizations for outstanding achievements in energy efficiency. SWEEP congratulates the nine award winners with operations based in the Southwest region. Six organizations in our region were honored in the category of "Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence" in three award categories for their exceptional leadership...
Xcel Energy Achieves Record Energy Savings in 2017
April 3, 2018
Xcel Energy reports it achieved 415 gigawatt hours (GWh) per year of electricity savings and 97 megawatts (MW) of peak load reduction at the generator level from demand-side management (DSM) programs implemented in Colorado in 2017. These were the highest levels of annual energy savings and peak load reduction since Xcel Energy began implementing comprehensive programs to help its customers save energy and reduce peak load in 2009. The electricity savings...
News Media Explain CO EV Plan, Quote SWEEP
March 26, 2018
What did the Denver Business Journal say about Colorado's finalized plan to boost electric vehicles and create a network of charging stations along major highways? And what did SWEEP's Will Toor tell the Journal?  
Three Great News Stories About Southwest Energy Efficiency: Money, EVs and NM Plan
March 23, 2018
SWEEP today can report three great news stories about energy efficiency in our region. First, the new federal budget that Congress passed, and President Trump signed, spared key U.S. Department of Energy efficiency programs from the ax. SWEEP provides more information and budget numbers.  Second, Colorado finalized its bold plans for using money from the VW emissions cheating settlement fund to encourage electric vehicle adoption, including...