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New Mexico Passes Bill to Expand Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure
March 19, 2019
(Santa Fe, NM) – On March 16th, the New Mexico legislature passed HB 521, a bill that expands the role of utilities in electrifying the state’s transportation system. This is a major step in New Mexico’s commitment to reduce emissions and decarbonize the transportation sector, which is the leading source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the U.S. The bill requires regulated utilities to develop electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure...
Energy Efficiency Legislation Adopted: NM utilities will continue to help their customers save energy
March 14, 2019
(Santa Fe, NM) – New Mexico electric utility companies will maintain strong energy efficiency programs for their customers over the next decade as a result of a bill that passed in the legislature on March 13th. This legislation, HB 291, is now headed to the desk of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham who is expected to sign it. “The legislation will result in lower electric bills for New Mexico’s families and businesses, as well as reduced...
Utah’s Commercial Energy Code Gets an Upgrade From Utah Legislature
March 5, 2019
On February 28, 2019 the Utah Legislature passed HB 218-Construction Code Modifications, sponsored by Representative Mike Schultz. Among other things, this bill adopts the full commercial provisions of the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code and also, by reference, the ASHRE 90.1-2016 energy standard. The update of the commercial energy code represents a clear win for improved energy efficiency and air quality in Utah’s 2019 General Legislative...
Colorado Energy Director Will Toor to Drive Push Toward Renewables, Electric Vehicles - Denver Post
February 11, 2019
For six years, Toor worked on those director at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, as a member of the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission, as a Boulder County commissioner and as Boulder mayor. He has taken the helm at the Colorado Energy Office at a time when changes in energy and transportation are among the top agenda items of a new governor. __________________________
Arizona Corporation Commission Approves Tucson Electric Power's Energy Efficiency Plan, Restores Programs
February 7, 2019
The Arizona Corporation Commission voted unanimously to approve Tucson Electric Power’s (TEP) Energy Efficiency Plan at its February 6, 2019, Open Meeting. The approval of the $22.9 million plan will enable the Pima County utility to launch new programs that have been on hold since the Plan was initially filed in August 2017. Popular residential and commercial energy-savings programs will also be restored. Some of the offerings approved by the Commission’s...
Arizona Corporation Commission Approves TEP Energy Efficiency Program Restoration
February 7, 2019
Phoenix, AZ (Feb. 7, 2019) – The Arizona Corporation Commission voted at its February 6th, 2019 meeting to approve Tucson Electric Power’s (TEP) proposed energy efficiency programming budget of $22.9 million dollars. This approval will allow the Pima County utility to restore programs that have been on hold since their plan was initially released. "By restoring funding for energy-saving programs, the Arizona Corporation Commission heeded...
Governor Grisham Signs Executive Order Committing New Mexico to Essential Climate Change Action
January 29, 2019
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today formally ordered that New Mexico will join the U.S. Climate Alliance, fully embracing the goals set by the 2015 Paris Agreement, aligning New Mexico with the U.S. governors and states that have committed to a climate-conscious future and moves to protect people, natural resources, and cultural heritage. The governor also ordered the creation of a New Mexico Climate Change Task Force, calling on all state agencies...
Nevada Electric Transportation Forum
January 28, 2019
State, regional, and national experts will highlight the air quality, health, and economic benefits derived from electrifying transportation in Nevada (RENO, NEV.) Surging interest in electric vehicles and the benefits Nevada will realize as more of its transportation sector is electrified led to a "sold out" capacity crowd at the upcoming Nevada Electric Transportation Forum being held Friday, February 1, 2019, at the University of Nevada,...
SWEEP Congratulates Southwest Utilities Offering Nation-Leading Energy Efficiency Programs
January 25, 2019
Every five years the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (“ACEEE”) reviews energy efficiency programs around the country and recognizes exemplary programs in fourteen categories. This year ACEEE recognized five energy efficiency programs offered in the SWEEP states as exemplary examples of innovative and effective energy efficiency programs. Leading the way, with three program selections, is Xcel Energy in Colorado. ACEEE recognized...
Reno Adopts Policy to Help Commercial Buildings Save Energy and Money
January 23, 2019
Reno’s City Council unanimously passed a new ordinance on January 9, 2019, to help businesses measure and improve the energy performance of their buildings, and help the real estate market properly value energy upgrades.   Reno’s new ordinance is expected to save $62 million on energy bills, create 300 local jobs, provide and $14M in air quality benefits by 2030, as well as promoting Reno’s position as a leading sustainable...