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GoEV Cities Campaign Kicks Off in Colorado and Other EV Event News
September 11, 2018
A coalition of conservation and consumer advocacy organizations is kicking off a new GoEV Cities campaign designed to help local governments support the transition to electric transportation. The campaign is asking local governments to adopt the following GoEV City guiding principles and policy commitments: To achieve these goals, local governments can introduce a range of EV policies and programs that are designed to educate the public on the...
News Story: SWEEP's Report Shows Public Transit Helps Mountain and Rural Communities
September 11, 2018
How does public transit help mountain and rural communities in the Southwest? Read the article in the Aspen Daily News about SWEEP's recent report that shows the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority  generates economic benefits of between $67 million and $88 million annually in Pitkin and Garfield Counties, Colorado.   
Public transit isn’t just for metro areas; it’s vital to Colorado’s rural reaches, too
September 6, 2018
In his op-ed that ran in today's Colorado Politics, Will Toor explains why rural Colorado needs public transit, too. Dr. Toor, who heads SWEEP's transportation program, also explained that public transit is vital for low-income people to be able to get to their jobs in communities as diverse as Aspen, Colorado Springs, Rifle, Glenwood Springs, and Grand Junction. Earlier this month, he published a report showing that the Roaring Fork Transporation...
SWEEP Joins Vision for Colorado’s Energy and Conservation Future
September 6, 2018
On September 6, SWEEP and seven other clean energy and environment groups launched a Vision for Colorado’s Future. The Vision includes policy recommendations in the areas of fighting climate change, advancing energy innovation, transforming our transportation system, protecting public health and safety, and protecting rivers, public lands, and wilderness. The Vision presents the environmental community’s priorities for state leaders in 2019,...
Eight Southwestern Transit Agencies Receive Grants for Electric Buses
August 28, 2018
On August 24, the United States Federal Transit Agency (FTA) announced its 2018 Low- and No-Emission bus grants. The FTA awarded a total of $84.4 million to 52 transit agencies nationwide; of this, seven agencies in Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah will receive $9.2 million. The awards will go to electric buses and charging infrastructure for: SWEEP applauds these agencies for starting the transition to electric buses, which reduce energy...
SWEEP Presents Two Papers at 2018 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings
August 27, 2018
SWEEP staff and consultants presented two papers at the ACEEE Summer Study held Aug. 12-17, 2018 in Pacific Grove, CA. Howard Geller, SWEEP's executive director, authored one paper titled "Maintaining Strong Utility Energy Efficiency Programs Beyond 2018: Challenges and Prospects in the Southwest." Dr. Geller's research reviews the status of utility energy efficiency policies and programs in the Southwest, the prospects for continuing these...
Colorado Moves Ahead on the Adoption of California’s Clean Car Standards
August 20, 2018
On August 16, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) voted to move ahead with an important debate about new pollution standards for cars and trucks, a discussion that ultimately could improve public health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The vote established the scope of the proposed rulemaking for the adoption of California’s low-emission vehicle (LEV) standards. The LEV standards require automakers to improve the fuel efficiency...
Wyoming Utility Commission Approves New DSM Plan for Rocky Mountain Power
August 9, 2018
On July 24th, the Wyoming Public Service Commission approved the 2018-20 Wyoming demand-side management (DSM) program plan for Rocky Mountain Power (RMP). The new DSM plan took effect on July 1. According to the new DSM plan, RMP will spend nearly $12 million per year on a wide range of energy efficiency programs and measures during 2018-2020, with an average energy savings target of 56 gigawatt-hours (GWh) per year. This is equivalent to saving about 0.6...
SWEEP Endorses Sales Tax Increase for Colorado’s Transportation Needs
August 9, 2018
In his latest blog, SWEEP Transportation Director Will Toor explains why we endorsed one of two ballot measures that likely will appear on the Colorado ballot in November.  "Coloradans can help untangle their transportation woes by supporting a ballot measure, currently called Initiative 153, but they shouldn’t be fooled by a go-nowhere alternative that does nothing to solve the complex problem. SWEEP endorses one measure that appears...
Trump Administration Poised to Enact Stealth “Tax” on Consumers
July 31, 2018
Consumers will pay more to fuel their cars if the Trump administration moves forward with plans to roll back car fuel economy standards in place for the past six years, the region’s leading energy efficiency advocacy group warned today. The stakes are very high for all states in the region, said the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP). The Trump administration is expected to release a proposal this week to roll back vehicle fuel economy...