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Denver adopts bold goals for transportation electrification and buildings efficiency
July 17, 2018
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock released the Denver 80x50 Climate Action Plan today. The plan sets bold goals for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and transportation. The transportation goals include 40 percent of all cars in the city being electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030 and 100 percent of cars, buses, taxis and rideshare vehicles electric by 2050. The plan also calls for the city to adopt EV-friendly building codes, provide EV charging at all city buildings,...
Utah Issues Its VW Settlement Plan
June 26, 2018
The Utah Department of Environmental Quality has released the state Beneficiary Mitigation Plan for allocating $35 million in funds that Utah will receive from the VW emissions cheating settlement. The plan will help advance electric vehicles (EVs) in Utah in two ways. First, it allocates 11 percent, or just under $4 million, to light-duty vehicle charging stations. This complements $10 million in utility funds and $4 million in U.S. Department of Energy...
Check Out Howard Geller's New Blog on Southwest Utility Programs
June 26, 2018
Howard Geller, SWEEP's executive Director, says that utility energy efficiency programs in the Southwest have taken two steps forward but potentially could take one step back. "Electric utilities in the Southwest expanded their energy efficiency programs over the past decade, except for a few bumps in the road," he wrote. "Recent developments in the region bode well for future energy efficiency efforts, at least for the main utilities...
Arizona Utilities’ Energy Savings Programs Cost the Companies Half the National Average, Says New National Study
June 20, 2018
Arizona’s utilities achieved energy efficiency savings at about half the national average cost, says a new federal report. Electric utilities in Arizona implemented energy efficiency programs at a utility cost of only 1.3 cents per kWh saved, according to a new study issued on June 20, 2018 by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). The LBNL study examined utility energy efficiency programs implemented in 41 states during 2009-15. Considering...
CO to Adopt Clean Car Standards, Aims to Curb Climate Change Pollution and Save Consumers Money
June 19, 2018
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper released an Executive Order on June 19th directing state agencies to initiate a rulemaking at the state Air Quality Control Commission, an action that would have Colorado join California and 12 other states in adopting clean car standards. This comes as the Trump Administration has proposed to weaken existing federal standards. Analysis conducted by the Environmental Defense Fund found that adoption of these standards...
NV Energy Seeks to Expand Energy Savings
June 14, 2018
NV Energy has filed a new three-year demand-side management (DSM) plan in conjunction with a new Integrated Resource Plan. The new DSM plan calls for the utility to spend $197 million on electric DSM programs during 2019-21, approximately 30 percent more than the utility spent during 2015-17. The plan is designed to save approximately 344 million kilowatt-hours from energy efficiency programs implemented annually during 2019-21. The annual energy savings...
Energy Savings Goals Increased for Xcel Energy – Colorado
June 13, 2018
On June 6, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) issued its written decision concerning future energy savings goals and other policies governing Xcel Energy’s demand-side management (DSM) programs in Colorado. The PUC approved an energy savings goal of 500 GWh per year for Xcel Energy during 2019-23, equal to saving about 1.6 percent of Xcel’s projected electricity sales each year during this period. The new energy savings goal is 25...
Arizona's Plan for Using VW Settlement Funds Disappointing
June 8, 2018
On June 8, the Arizona Department of Administration released the state plan for spending approximately $56.5 million in funds from the settlement of the VW emissions cheating scandal. Under the settlement rules, Arizona could have chosen to allocate about $8 million to electric vehicle charging, and could invest funds in zero emission electric school buses. Unfortunately, instead the plan invests all of the funds in simply buying new diesel vehicles, which...
NV Energy Proposes Expansion of Energy Savings Programs
June 6, 2018
On June 1, NV Energy filed a new three-year demand-side management (DSM) plan in conjunction with a new Integrated Resource Plan. The new DSM plan calls for the utility to spend $197 million on electric DSM programs during 2019-21, approximately 30 percent more than the utility spent during 2015-17. The plan is designed to save approximately 344 million kilowatt-hours from energy efficiency programs implemented annually during 2019-21. The annual energy...
Business Community Applauds NV Energy Proposal for Energy Efficiency and Six New Solar Plants
May 31, 2018
Nevada businesses and clean energy advocates today applauded new long-range plans introduced by the state’s largest electric utility, NV Energy, that include significant increases in solar energy generation, energy storage, and energy efficiency. NV Energy today announced its three-year Integrated Resource Plan, for the first time combining Northern and Southern Nevada’s electric systems, and the utility pledged to double the amount of clean...