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New SWEEP Report on Industrial Recommissioning
February 13, 2017
SWEEP has issued a new report, Industrial Recommissioning: Not Just a Building Tune-up.  Industrial re-commissioning programs can help all sizes of industrial customers save energy and money. Through low-cost improvements to common industrial energy systems such as compressed air, pumping, process cooling, and refrigeration, customers can often save 10-20 percent of the energy consumption of the systems targeted. This report reviews features of six...
Colorado PUC Approves Xcel Energy’s 2017-18 Energy Efficiency and DSM Programs Plan
February 9, 2017
The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) of Colorado has approved a new two-year demand-side management (DSM) plan for Xcel Energy, the large investor-owned utility serving 1.4 million electric customers in Colorado. The PUC signed off on an unopposed Settlement Agreement in the docket reviewing Xcel Energy’s new DSM plan.  Based on the approved budget, Xcel Energy will spend $100 million on electric DSM programs in 2017 and $98 million in 2018....
Colorado Near the Bottom in Funding Public Transit
January 31, 2017
  BOULDER, CO (January 31, 2017) Colorado ranks near the bottom in state funding of public transit, investing one-twentieth of the national average and ranking 29th among all states, says a new report from the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP). Moreover, unlike 20 other states, Colorado does not use any gas tax money to help public transit, according to the January 2017 study titled “State of Colorado is Near the Bottom in Funding...
Denver Regional Council of Governments adopts strong sustainability goals
January 30, 2017
On Jan. 18, 2017, the board of directors of the Denver Regional Council of Governments adopted Metro Vision 2040, a long-range plan for land use and transportation in the Denver metropolitan area. The final plan includes targets of a 10 percent reduction in per capita driving and a 60 percent reduction in per capita greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. The plan also calls for a 25 percent increase in average density, and for most new growth...
New Mexico Public Resources Commission Approves PNM’s 2017 DSM Plan
January 13, 2017
Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) customers will see additional opportunities to save money on their utility bills, thanks to the New Mexico Public Resources Commission’s (NMPRC) approval of PNM’s 2017 Demand-Side Management (DSM) plan. As part of the plan approval, PNM will continue its existing programs for residential, commercial and industrial customers and add a new program providing rebates to home builders for the construction...
Reno City Council Votes to Support Eneregy Efficiency, Clean Eneergy in Collaboration with Community Stakeholders
January 11, 2017
 RENO (Jan. 11, 2017) – The Reno City Council voted today to support  energy efficiency and clean energy and to join other public sector groups in the Sustainability Partners in Northern Nevada (SPINN) coalition. The resolution, "Energy; Public Utilities and Similar Entities,” also had the backing of the city manager’s office, and passed 5 to 2.  “The City of Reno’s continued commitment...
SWEEP Applauds Plan to Build EV Charging Network in Utah, Nevada and Colorado
December 29, 2016
The Governors of Colorado, Utah and Nevada announced in December that they will work together to build a regional electric vehicle charging network on interstate highways I-15, I-25, I-70, I-76, and I-80. Providing fast charging along long-distance corridors is an important step towards greater levels of adoption of electric vehicles. For the last three years, SWEEP has been advocating for a regional network across the southwest, and is currently advising...
NV Energy Receives Approval of its 2017 Energy Efficiency and DSM Programs
December 29, 2016
On December 22nd, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) approved a new three-year demand-side management (DSM) plan for Sierra Pacific Power Company, the subsidiary of NV Energy operating in northern Nevada. The PUCN also approved modifications to NV Energy’s 2017 DSM programs in southern Nevada. The PUCN approved a Stipulation that calls for NV Energy to spend $54.7 million on DSM programs in 2017, and in doing so rejected a recommendation...
Multifamily Energy Efficiency Retrofits: Barriers and Opportunities for Deep Energy Savings
December 21, 2016
New Report on Strategies for Multifamily Retrofit Policies and Programs SWEEP and other Regional Energy Efficiency Organizations recently published a report showing strategies for accelerating energy efficiency retrofits in multifamily properties. The study tallies the unique barriers faced by this market sector and offers recommendations for both utility programs and local policies to untangle these issues. Finally, the document offers case studies...

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