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Historic ACC Decision Steers Arizona Utilities Toward Clean Energy Resources

3-2 vote is first-ever by Arizona Corporation Commission not to acknowledge APS, TEP, and UNSE energy plans. 9-month pause placed on new natural gas development; utilities directed to re-focus on clean energy resources. For the first time ever, the Arizona Corporation Commission has voted not to acknowledge the energy resource plans of the state’s largest investor-owned utilities, Arizona Public Service (APS), Tucson Electric Power (TEP), and UNS Electric (UNSE), citing concern that they rely too heavily on natural gas and make unrealistic predictions about growth in energy demand.

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SWEEP Announces 2018 Allies; Businesses help support energy efficiency policy work in Southwest
March 15, 2018
The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) today announced that 36 companies have joined, or renewed memberships in, our Allies program. The participating businesses help SWEEP expand our work to advance utility energy efficiency programs and promote energy efficiency, including state and local policies that promote electric vehicles use and adoption. “Our Allies provide crucial support, especially at this time of uncertain federal policy....
Henderson, NV, Earns Energy Efficiency Award; Local building code saves residents and businesses money, trims greenhouse gas emissions
March 13, 2018
The City of Henderson, NV, has earned regional recognition for saving its residents and businesses more than $2.3 million on utility bills and reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by about 30,254 metric tons over the past four years. The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) will present its “Energy Codes Count Award” to city officials at the council’s March 20 meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. in City Hall, 240 S. Water Street. Henderson...
Settlement Agreement Reached in Xcel Energy DSM Strategic Issues Docket
February 28, 2018
On February 26th, a Comprehensive Settlement Agreement was submitted to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) by most of the parties participating in the Demand-Side Management (DSM) Strategic Issues docket concerning Xcel Energy. This docket establishes energy savings and peak demand reduction goals, financial incentives for the utility, and other key policies affecting Xcel Energy’s energy efficiency and demand response programs. The Settlement...
Electric Transportation Forum
February 27, 2018
Check out the KTVN-Channel 2 news story about SWEEP's recent NV electric forum, including a snowstorm interview with SWEEP's Will Toor and a calmer but still outdoor discussion with state Sen. Patricia Spearman, who sponsored important energy efficiency legislation last year. The one-minute newscast also describes the value of the eight-state (including NV) agreement to create charging stations along 7,000 miles of interstate highways.    
SWEEP Study Shows How Boulder County, CO, Can Encourage Electric Car Use
February 7, 2018
SWEEP has just published a new study done for Boulder County, “Electrifying Transportation: Boulder County’s Clean Future.”  The report focuses on how the County can advance electric vehicle adoption in the county fleet, by employees, and by County residents. SWEEP’s study identified top County government locations where charging stations should be installed to support adoption of EVs by both its fleet and its employees,...
Feb. 22 Electric Transportation Forum in Reno Plug into economic benefits, business opportunities, and national security issues at half-day workshop.
February 6, 2018
Electric vehicles and the electrification of transportation offer tremendous benefits to all Nevadans, according to organizers of a workshop to be held the afternoon of Thursday, February 22, 2018, at the UNR Innevation Center (450 Sinclair St.) in Reno. Transportation powered by electricity -- whether cars, trucks, buses, or other -- greatly reduces air pollution, provides substantial economic benefits to Nevada, and improves our nation’s security. “We’re...
Nevada PUC Proposes Rules for Utility EV Plans
January 29, 2018
On January 22, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) issued proposed regulations on the implementation of Nevada Senate Bill 145, which in part required NV Energy to develop a plan to support transportation electrification. Highlights from the regulations include: SWEEP submitted joint comments with the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club and Western Resources Advocates during the development of the regulations, and...
Colorado Details Bold Goals for Encouraging Electric Vehicle Purchases and Use
January 24, 2018
Colorado released details on its bold goals for encouraging electric vehicle purchases and use in the state, as part of a broader effort to reduce air pollution including greenhouse gas emissions. The announcement came after months of gathering public comments and ideas. On January 24, 2018, in Denver, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper released the final version, and details, about the state’s first Electric Vehicle (EV) Plan. The plan lays out...
Great Op-ed - Why Proposed Federal Budget Cuts Could Hurt Thousands of CO Energy Jobs
January 19, 2018
Colorado Politics/ Colorado Statesman today published a great op-ed from our partner group, the Energy Efficiency Business Coalition:  Proposed federal budget cuts endanger thousands of well-paying clean energy jobs in Colorado. Colorado’s diverse energy sector includes more than 30,000 jobs involving energy efficiency, more than any other part of the energy sector (more than solar and wind, oil, natural gas, or coal), according to a 2017...