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Boulder Now Requires New Construction to Offer EV Charging Stations

BOULDER, CO (February 23, 2017) The Boulder city council unanimously passed one of the region’s most progressive codes to encourage installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in new, privately owned buildings. It is the fourth Colorado municipality to adopt an EV-friendly ordinance, joining Denver, Aspen and Boulder County. Salt Lake City, UT, is the other large city in the Southwest that requires EV charging stations to be included in new construction.

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Utah Commission Approves New Cost Recovery Mechanism for Rocky Mountain Power’s Energy Efficiency Programs
March 17, 2017
The Utah Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved a new approach for recovering the cost of energy efficiency and other demand-side management (DSM) programs in Utah. Starting in 2017, DSM expenditures by Rocky Mountain Power will be capitalized and amortized over 10 years. Until amortized, these investments will earn a return equal to the utility’s pretax weighted average cost of capital. Previously, DSM expenditures were expensed and recovered...
Boulder Code Continues Path to Net Zero
March 16, 2017
The City of Boulder, Colorado, has put its residential energy code on a path to net zero. Under the new code, approved unanimously by the city council March 7, all new homes larger than 5,000 square feet must be built to meet net-zero energy consumption (i.e. very energy efficient and producing as much energy as they use over the course of a year). Smaller homes will gradually face similar requirements, with all new residential construction meeting net-zero...
PacifiCorp Issues new DSM Potential Assessment
March 10, 2017
PacifiCorp has completed a Demand-Side Resource Potential Assessment for the period 2017-36 to help inform its upcoming 2017 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The study found achievable savings potential of 5.8 million megawatt hours (MWh) in Utah by 2036, which is equal to about 22 percent of the electricity used in PacifiCorp’s Utah service area during 2016. The study also shows achievable savings potential of 1.7 million MWh in Wyoming by...
Nominate Your Business for Colorado Industrial Energy Efficiency Awards
March 8, 2017
For immediate release (BOULDER, CO) March 8, 2017 -- Did your Colorado industrial facility achieve significant energy efficiency improvements during 2015 or 2016? Then we invite you to apply for recognition through this year’s Colorado Industrial Energy Efficiency Awards. For the past six years, the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) has joined with the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) to recognize outstanding achievements in industrial...
Boulder County, CO, starts region’s first local government EV advising program
March 6, 2017
Boulder County, Colorado, has become the first local government in the Southwest to offer personal electric vehicle advising, as part of its Energy Smart advising service. The program will help residents learn about financial incentives, and what types of electric vehicles (EVs) best match their personal driving habits, as well as help in identifying their charging opportunities. SWEEP had recommended the program in a 2015 analysis of steps that the...
Coalition Asks Lawmakers for Funding to Fix Colorado's Transportation
March 3, 2017
A diverse coalition has asked the Colorado legislature to refer a sales tax increase proposal to voters to help the state’s overburdened transportation system.  MPACT 64, a statewide coalition of local government groups, business associations and civic groups, sent the March 2 letter because under the state’s constitution voters must approve all tax increases. The letter to Colorado legislators asked them to refer a sales tax increase...
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...

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