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State Directing $70 Million to Clean Transportation

(Denver, CO) – Last week, Colorado rolled out an updated plan for spending its $68.7 million share of funds available as a result of the Volkswagen (VW) emissions cheating scandal. The plan increases Colorado’s focus on clean, electric transportation, fulfilling one of the directives of Governor Polis’ first executive order, “Supporting a Transition to Zero Emission Vehicles.”

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New SWEEP Technology Brief Highlights Successful Dominion Energy Utah R-5 Windows Rebate Program
June 20, 2019
As part of a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Residential Buildings Integration program, SWEEP has published a technology brief highlighting an innovative residential buildings technology that is part of a utility-sponsored energy efficiency program in the Southwest. The first in a series of technology briefs highlights the Dominion Energy Utah R-5 windows rebate program. Dominion Energy Utah is a natural gas utility that provides service...
Markets for Energy Efficiency Products and Electric Vehicles Rapidly Growing
June 18, 2019
The Advanced Energy Now 2019 Market Report, published by the business organization Advanced Energy Economy, shows that all types of advanced energy products generated nearly $238 billion in sales revenues in the U.S. in 2018, nine percent greater than revenues in 2017. Of this total, building energy efficiency measures accounted for $83 billion in sales revenue—more than one third of the total. Building efficiency measures include high efficiency lighting,...
Salt River Project Approves New, More Ambitious Sustainability Commitments for Carbon, Efficiency, and Electric Vehicles
June 4, 2019
On June 3, 2019, Salt River Project’s (SRP) Board of Directors voted unanimously to adopt revised, more ambitious sustainability commitments through 2035 for the Arizona-based public power utility. The new commitments were adopted after an 8-month stakeholder engagement process that sought input from customers and public interest organizations including SWEEP. The 17 sustainability targets approved by SRP include commitments for the utility to...
Arizona Conservation Groups Welcome Salt River Project's Approval of Sustainability Commitments to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions, Advance Clean Energy, and Conserve Water
June 3, 2019
(Phoenix, AZ) – Western Resource Advocates and Southwest Energy Efficiency Project commend the Salt River Project (SRP) on the improved sustainability commitments that the SRP Board of Directors approved today. The commitments are an important step toward significantly reducing carbon dioxide emissions in Arizona by 2035, while also increasing clean energy and conserving water resources. The sustainability commitments, advanced by the SRP Board’s...
Sarah Wright Recognized by Utah Gov. Herbert as 2019 Energy Pioneer
May 30, 2019
Sarah Wright, the executive director and founder of Utah Clean Energy (a partner organization of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project), was recognized on 5/30 as one of four 2019 Utah Energy Pioneers by Governor Gary Herbert. The award was presented at the annual Governor's Energy Summit - billed as the premier conference and trade show and the largest event of its kind in the Intermountain West, drawing more than 1,100 attendees and 70 speakers...
SWEEP Praises Governor Polis and Colorado Legislators for Adopting Important Energy Efficiency Legislation
May 30, 2019
(Boulder, CO) - On May 30th, Governor Jared Polis signed into law seven bills that will advance energy efficiency, boost renewable energy, and slow climate change in Colorado. HB 1231 establishes energy and water efficiency standards for 15 residential and commercial products sold in the state. The bill also puts in place energy and water standards in Colorado on any product for which such standards are rolled back by the Federal government.  “HB...
SWEEP Praises Nevada for Adopting Energy Efficient Lamp Standards
May 28, 2019
(Carson City, NV) – Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed AB54 into law, a bill that assures the Silver State maintains a high standard of energy efficiency for lamps sold in Nevada, receiving praise from the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) for leadership on this issue. “AB54, which originally passed out of the Assembly Growth and Infrastructure Committee, is an important law that will ensure consumers in Nevada obtain energy-efficient...
EV-Ready Code Requirements For New Commercial Buildings Passes Through IECC Committee
May 22, 2019
(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. The...
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...