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SWEEP Applauds Colorado’s New Clean Car Rules

(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).

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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...
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...
Nevada Utility Commission Approves New DSM Plan for NV Energy
October 31, 2018
On October 31, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) approved a three-year Demand-Side Management (DSM) plan for NV Energy. The new DSM Plan calls for NV Energy to spend about $66 million per year on energy efficiency and demand response programs during 2019-21, about 30 percent more than the utility spent in recent years. The Plan includes new programs for low-income households as well as residential lighting and pool pumps. The energy...
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...
Southern AZ Communities Adopt New Energy-Saving Building Code
October 17, 2018
Tucson’s city council and Pima County’s board of supervisors both have adopted the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code, which will help the communities’ residents and businesses save money on their air conditioning and heating bills for many decades into the future. The Tucson council, which unanimously approved the new code on Oct. 9, also included the important Appendix T, which will make future installations of solar panels...
SWEEP Gains Audience with Energy Efficiency Day 2018 Outreach
October 8, 2018
On Friday, Oct. 5, the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) joined several other national and regional energy efficiency groups in celebrating Energy Efficiency Day 2018. SWEEP published two op-eds, helped place a third opinion piece, participated in a national social media push, issued two news releases, and earned additional media coverage including three TV stories in northern Nevada.
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...
Arizonans Have Reason to Celebrate National Energy Efficiency Day Oct. 5; But savings may be jeopardized if utilities cut back programs
October 4, 2018
Arizonans today can celebrate how energy efficiency helps them save money, conserve water, and create jobs by joining National Energy Efficiency Day 2018, said the state’s leading clean energy organizations. “This is a day to recognize all the advantages of energy efficiency in saving consumers money and creating jobs,” said Jeff Schlegel, Arizona representative for the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP). “At a time...
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...