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Steamboat Springs and Routt County, CO, adopt updated building energy codes
September 21, 2017
The City Council of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, has approved adoption of the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), while the County Commissioners in surrounding Routt County also have voted to approve an amended 2015 IECC. SWEEP funded trainings and worked with a large stakeholder group over the past year to advance the energy code in the northwest part of Colorado, in coordination with the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council, the Colorado...
Colorado VW Plan Supports Transition to Electric Vehicles
September 13, 2017
The Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE) has released a draft plan on how the state will allocate approximately $70 million in funding that the state will receive as part of the settlement of the VW emissions cheating scandal. The settlement funds are designed to reduce air pollution from vehicles, in order to mitigate the effects of the non-compliant, diesel-fueled Volkswagens. “The state’s draft plan, released...
SWEEP Applauds Denver for Putting Forward a Comprehensive, Strong Climate Strategy
September 7, 2017
On Sept.6, the City and County of Denver issued its 80 x 50 Climate Goal: Stakeholder Report, a draft strategy for achieving Mayor Michael Hancock’s goal of reducing the city’s greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. The draft strategy includes the following proposals: Adopt an ordinance requiring cost-effective building retrofits to cut energy use in commercial buildings 20 percent by 2030, with 90 percent of buildings completing...
Salt Lake City Adopts Commercial Building Benchmarking, Transparency Rules
September 7, 2017
The Salt Lake City Council has adopted new rules that will help building tenants, investors and owners track (or benchmark) energy use, a move that could improve the city’s energy savings and air quality. The new ordinance requires owners of commercial buildings larger than 25,000 square feet to provide the city with an annual measure of their energy usage. SWEEP and its partner, Utah Clean Energy, advocated for the measure and provided useful...
Reno Adopts Better Building Challenge
September 7, 2017
The City of Reno, NV, has taken its first initiative to curb climate pollution by launching a city-led Better Buildings Challenge. The resolution, adopted Aug. 23, 2017 on a unanimous council vote, means Reno will start a voluntary leadership program targeting commercial, institutional, multi-family and industrial buildings. Reno’s building challenge program is an element of its City Energy Project plan, a national push to reduce air pollution...
SWEEP Creates Database for Zero-Energy Buildings in the Southwest
September 1, 2017
SWEEP has published a database of Zero Energy Buildings in the Southwest. This information provides a view at the level of zero-energy construction in the Southwest, which buildings have reached Zero Net Energy, and those that are on the path to zero energy use. The database includes both residential and commercial buildings on the path to zero. When looking at the U.S. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program, the six states in the SWEEP region (AZ,CO, NV,...
New SWEEP study of EV charging and EV air quality benefits
August 23, 2017
SWEEP has completed a study commissioned by the City of Denver, with funding from the Regional Air Quality Council, which analyzes how the city and state can accelerate electric vehicle (EV) adoption. The report recommends deploying more fast-charging EV stations across Colorado, and encouraging the development of more charging locations at apartments and condominiums. The study will help guide public investment in EV charging. The study also quantifies...
New SWEEP Report Examines Valuation of Electricity Savings
August 17, 2017
SWEEP has published a new report titled Time-Sensitive Valuation of Electricity Savings in the Southwest. This report reviews the methodologies that electric utilities in the Southwest use to value the avoided costs (i.e., determine the benefits) of their energy efficiency and other demand-side management programs. The report also presents the actual value of energy savings for different types of programs implemented by the Southwest utilities, and provides...
Affordable Energy for All: A Plan to Expand Energy Efficiency Benefits for Low-Income Salt Lake City Residents
August 14, 2017
A new report completed by SWEEP’s partner Utah Clean Energy recommends ways that Salt Lake City can expand energy efficiency improvements in low-income housing. The report reviews current low-income energy services and provides five recommendations for steps the city can take to increase the number of low-income families that benefit from home energy retrofits. The report was requested by Salt Lake City and prepared through U.S. Department of Energy...
Southwest Energy Codes Expert Shaunna Mozingo Receives National Energy Codes Honor
August 7, 2017
A member of the Colorado Energy Codes Collaborative and Regional Codes Leadership Group, Shaunna Mozingo, has received one of the nation’s top awards for advancing energy codes. Shaunna received the 2017 Jeffrey A. Johnson Award for Excellence in Building Energy Codes, presented at the National Energy Codes Conference in Pittsburgh, PA., on July 18, 2017. Shaunna is a key collaborator on the SWEEP building team’s efforts to increase energy...

Parker's emphasis on efficiency earns recognition