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Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, Western Resource Advocates Welcome Arizona’s New Rules to Expand Access to Affordable Clean Energy
January 17, 2019
Yesterday (Jan. 16, 2019), in a move applauded by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) and Western Resource Advocates (WRA), the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) took a significant step forward to make it easier for Arizonans to install clean, “distributed generation” energy technologies, such as solar panels, batteries, and combined heat and   power systems. After years of study, the ACC, which regulates utilities...
Denver’s Commercial Multifamily Buildings Save 4.5 Percent Energy in One Year
December 26, 2018
Denver’s large commercial and multifamily buildings saved 4.5 percent energy in just the first year of the city’s benchmarking and transparency program, far exceeding other cities’ first-year results. This equates to $13.5 million that tenants and owners saved on their energy bills. The Energize Denver program, which requires large commercial and multifamily buildings to measure and then report on energy performance, is one of 25 similar...
Zero Energy Ready Homes to Take Pueblo by Storm with Plans for 4,850 Houses
December 26, 2018
An exciting new housing development, called the North Vista Highlands neighborhood, is underway in Pueblo, CO. Only the top one percent of builders nationwide construct houses that meet the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero-Energy Ready Home (DOE ZERH) level. ZERH provides a major boost in energy efficiency and prepares a house for the addition of renewable energy, such as solar panels. The program has rigorous requirements during construction...
SWEEP Congratulates Will Toor on His Appointment to Colorado Governor-Elect Polis’s Cabinet
December 21, 2018
SWEEP transportation program director Will Toor has agreed to serve as head of the Colorado Energy Office in the administration of incoming Governor Jared Polis. Governor-elect Polis wants the Energy Office to lead efforts on reaching 100 percent renewables in electricity supply by 2040 and also placing nearly one million EVs on the road by 2030, two of his campaign goals. Will is also going to help shape the Governor’s broader climate agenda. Will...
Clean Energy Groups: Arizona Corporation Commission’s New Electric Vehicle Policy Lays the Groundwork for Transportation Electrification Across the State
December 19, 2018
WRA and SWEEP have supported the Commission’s work to help Arizonans leverage the benefits of electric vehicles Late yesterday, the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) and Western Resource Advocates (WRA) lauded a new forward-thinking policy adopted by the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) that will support greater use of electric vehicles (EVs) statewide. The policy encourages regulated utilities to invest in infrastructure...
SWEEP Hosts 15th Annual Southwest Energy Efficiency Workshop in Santa Fe, NM
December 11, 2018
Regional and national energy efficiency professionals gathered Nov. 29-30, 2018, in Santa Fe, NM for SWEEP’s 15th Annual Southwest Utility Energy Efficiency Workshop. The annual forum draws leading utility, regulatory, state, federal, non-profit and industry representatives to discuss the status of utility demand-side management (DSM) programs in the Southwest and learn about innovative DSM programs and technologies. The 2018 workshop featured...
New Fort Collins Policy Helps Building Owners and Tenants View and Reduce Energy Use
December 7, 2018
The City of Fort Collins in northern Colorado became the 25th city nationally to adopt benchmarking and transparency policy for commercial and multifamily buildings. The new program, called Building Energy and Water Scoring, passed City Council this week with a 6-1 vote. A benchmarking and transparency policy is one of the most effective actions a municipality can take to increase energy efficiency in existing buildings, by giving commercial and multifamily...
Nevada PUC Approves Changes to Energy Efficiency Regulations
December 6, 2018
The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) has finalized changes to regulations in order to implement energy efficiency legislation adopted by the Nevada legislature in 2017. The new regulations include a goal of saving at least 1.1 percent of forecasted energy sales from electric utility energy efficiency programs starting in 2022. The goal starts in 2022 because the Commission has already approved electric utility demand-side management (DSM) program...
New Report Finds Arizonans Would Experience Significant Economic, Health, and Environmental Benefits Through Greater Use of Electric Vehicles
December 5, 2018
      Arizona Corporation Commission and state utilities should work to facilitate the transition to transportation electrification  Phoenix, AZ (Dec. 5, 2018) – Today, the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) and Western Resource Advocates (WRA) released a report estimating the impacts of greater plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) use in Arizona. The report, conducted by the independent consulting firm M.J. Bradley...