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EV-Ready Code Requirements For New Commercial Buildings Passes Through IECC Committee

(Albuquerque, NM) - The International Code Council (ICC) code hearings were held the first week of May in Albuquerque to determine which of the proposed code amendments will be considered for adoption in the 2021 model building code. Southwest Energy Efficiency Project’s (SWEEP) proposal to add electric vehicle (EV)-ready infrastructure requirements to the code was approved by the commercial International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) committee.

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David Ellenberger Joins SWEEP’s Staff as Communications Director
May 16, 2019
In mid-May, David Ellenberger has come onboard as the new Communications Director and is excited to promote and publicize the many accomplishments and initiatives of SWEEP. David has more than 24 years of non-profit, advocacy campaign experience – most recently serving as the National Wildlife Federation’s Rocky Mountain Regional Campaigns Manager in Denver. He has also worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society, Montana Conservation Voters...
The State Legislature Just Sped Up Colorado’s Transition to Electric Vehicles
May 7, 2019
(DENVER, CO) - This Friday, a key clean air commission could take the next big step by considering a new electric vehicle standard. While the federal government stalls out on clean transportation, environmental, public health and consumer advocates came together Tuesday to celebrate major progress on electric vehicles at the State Legislature, and to call attention to the next major step Colorado can take to speed up vehicle electrification. Advocates...
Energy Codes Bill Passes Colorado Legislature
May 6, 2019
(Boulder, CO) - The Colorado legislature has passed a much-needed Energy Codes Update Bill, HB19-1260, with broad bipartisan support. This new law will significantly increase energy savings as well as improve health and safety in new residential and commercial construction. The law requires local jurisdictions to adopt at least one of the three most recent versions of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) when they update their other building...
Colorado Legislature Adopts Appliance Standards Bill
May 6, 2019
(Boulder, CO) - The Colorado legislature has passed HB19-1231 which sets minimum energy- and water-saving standards for 15 different residential and commercial appliances and products sold in Colorado. The bill also enacts minimum energy and water standards on any products for which such standards are rolled back by the Federal government. “The standards included in HB19-1231 will save energy, water and money. Colorado residents and businesses...
RTD G-Line Opens Friday: A Step Toward Cleaner Air, Less Climate Change and Energy Savings for the Denver Metro Area
April 26, 2019
DENVER – Clean transportation advocates are celebrating the opening of the long-awaited G-Line light rail line this Friday, connecting Denver’s Union Station with Arvada and Wheat Ridge. For nearby residents headed downtown for work, for entertainment or to see a game, the train line helps make transit more attractive than driving – a critical way to reduce traffic congestion, prevent driving-related pollution and save energy. The...
SWEEP Announces 2019 Allies
April 12, 2019
The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) announced today that 44 companies and non-profit organizations have joined, or renewed memberships in, our Allies program. The participating businesses and organizations help SWEEP expand our work to advance energy efficiency policies and programs at the state, local and utility levels.  “Our Allies provide valuable financial support, especially at this time when state and local leadership is...
SWEEP Delivers Webinar on Energy Efficiency for Cannabis Grow Operations
April 8, 2019
SWEEP organized and led a webinar on April 2 on policies and programs to improve energy efficiency for the cannabis sector. Indoor cannabis grows are fairly energy-intensive, using about 10 times the electricity per square foot as a typical office building. And, in states with legalized recreational marijuana, energy consumption from the cannabis sector can grow rapidly. The four nationally recognized speakers discussed some of the opportunities to improve...
Colorado PUC Approves Energy Efficiency Plan for Xcel Energy: Utility will expand energy efficiency programs implemented during 2019-20
March 29, 2019
(Boulder, CO) – The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has approved the 2019-2020 plan for Xcel Energy’s demand-side management (DSM) programs in Colorado. The plan is based on an unopposed Settlement Agreement filed with the PUC in February. The plan calls for Xcel Energy to spend about $110 million per year during 2019-20 on electric energy efficiency and demand response programs, and an additional $15 million per year on natural...
Travis Madsen Named SWEEP’s Transportation Program Director
March 27, 2019
We are pleased to announce that Travis Madsen has joined SWEEP as our new Transportation Program Director, replacing Will Toor who is now the Director of the Colorado Energy Office and an advisor to Colorado Governor Jared Polis. Travis has 18 years of experience working on clean energy and climate issues for Environment America, the Frontier Group, and NJ PIRG. He is working in SWEEP’s Boulder office.  His contact info is:;...
House Committee Approves Bill to Improve Appliance Energy Efficiency
March 26, 2019
Froelich-Kipp bill will help consumers save money, conserve energy & water (Mar. 25) – The House Energy and Environment committee approved a bill, sponsored by Rep. Meg Froelich, D-Englewood, and Rep. Cathy Kipp, D-Fort Collins, that would set up-to-date energy and water efficiency standards for commercial and residential products that are not already regulated under the federal government. “Hardworking Coloradans are already saving...