Opinions

October 2018

  • Celebrating energy efficiency
    Albuquerque Journal - October 6, 2018
    SWEEP's Tammy Fiebelkorn explains why New Mexico has special reason to celebrate energy efficiency for saving consumers money, preserving water, and creating jobs. She also explains that the state's Efficiency Use of Energy Act led the three investor-owned electric utilities in New Mexico (Public Service Company of New Mexico, El Paso Electric and Xcel Energy) to significantly ramp up their energy-efficiency programs. Because of the programs implemented from 2008 to 2017, last year the three utilities together reduced the demand for electricity by about 7 percent, equivalent to the electricity used by 130,000 typical New Mexican households. As a result, families and businesses in New Mexico will save over $400 million.
  • The cleanest, most affordable energy is efficient energy
    Colorado Politics - October 5, 2018
    SWEEP Executive Director Howard Geller explains why energy efficiency matters to Colorado. Energy efficiency is the art of getting the same or better performance using less energy – all while cutting utility bills for households and businesses. We should view it as another clean energy resource, along with the solar and wind resources that Colorado also has been developing. But embracing solar and wind without also adopting energy efficiency measures is like buying a sports car with a leaky engine – the machine just won’t perform as well as it should. Simply put, Colorado needs energy efficiency as the most fundamental, affordable, and effective kind of clean energy.

September 2018

  • Public transit isn’t just for metro areas; it’s vital to Colorado’s rural reaches, too
    Colorado Politics - September 6, 2018
    This fall, Colorado voters will make important decisions about transportation funding, but they need the facts to reach the right choice. The hard reality is that just building more highway lanes won’t solve either the urban traffic mess or the economic struggles in rural areas. Instead, Colorado needs a healthy mix of ways to get around – some road work, certainly, but also more buses, bike lanes, carpooling, and similar efforts, as well as a combination of state and local projects. Recent research, in fact, underscores why even mountain towns and rural areas need better transit service.

August 2018

  • Only one ballot issue can tackle Colorado’s transportation challenges
    Colorado Politics - August 10, 2018
    Coloradans can help untangle their transportation woes by supporting a ballot measure, currently called Initiative 153. They shouldn’t be fooled by a go-nowhere alternative that does nothing to solve the complex problem. The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) endorses one measure that appears to have made the ballot.

May 2018

  • Colorado lawmakers should nurture the electric vehicle market, not punish it
    Colorado Politics - May 4, 2018
    Widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) will bring tremendous benefits to Colorado. They help our air quality, are good for consumers, and are good for the economy as a whole. If we want to achieve all the benefits that EVs bring, we need to get a lot more on the road.

February 2018

  • Use the proceeds of the VW court settlement to build electric car infrastructure
    Nevada Independent - February 8, 2018
    An investment in electric vehicles, charging stations and infrastructure like electric highways would be a boost for the Silver State’s economy and a boon for our environment. That’s why clean energy advocates support the allocation of funding from a legal settlement with car manufacturer Volkswagen to electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

January 2018

  • Proposed federal budget cuts could hurt thousands of CO energy jobs
    Colorado Statesman/ Colorado Politics - January 19, 2018
    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 study conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Yet the Trump administration and the U.S. House of Representatives have proposed devastating cuts (more than 40 percent in the House budget, 75 percent cuts in the administration’s budget) to these energy efficiency programs that benefit Colorado in the federal budget for Fiscal Year 2018.