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Nevada Legislature Passes Important Energy Efficiency Legislation
May 24, 2017
      MEDIA RELEASE   For Immediate Release For Further Information Contact: Tom Polikalas 775-386-7411 NV Assemblyman William McCurdy II, sponsor of AB 223   NEVADA LEGISLATURE PASSES IMPORTANT      ENERGY EFFICIENCY LEGISLATION AB 223 Will Save Consumers and Businesses Money, Reduce Water Use (Carson City, NV) MAY 24, 2017– With unanimous support,...
CO Consumers, Businesses Will Benefit from Passage of Energy Efficiency Measure
May 20, 2017
Consumers and businesses in Colorado stand to benefit enormously from the passage of House Bill 17-1227, which directs the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to establish energy savings goals for investor-owned electric utilities for ten years (2019-28). The measure passed the Colorado state house on April 4 and the state senate on May 9. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed it into law on May17.  HB 1227 amends and updates successful legislation,...
Denver Ranks Among Top 10 Most Energy Efficient U.S. Cities
May 12, 2017
Congratulations to Denver, CO, for ranking among the top 10 most energy-efficient cities, according to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. The ACEEE reviewed efficiency policies and efforts in 51 large U.S. cities and said only Denver, at number 9, made the top 10 among major municipalities in the Southwest. In SWEEP’s region, Phoenix ranked number 14 and scored among the “most improved” cites. Salt Lake City came...
PNM Achieved Record Energy Savings in 2016
April 19, 2017
Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) helped its customers save 82 gigawatt hours (GWh) per year from energy efficiency programs implemented in 2016, nearly equal to 1 percent of the electricity consumed by customers of the utility. The savings in 2016 were the most achieved by the utility since its energy efficiency programs began in 2008. PNM is on track for complying with the state's Energy Efficiency Resource Standard, which requires 8 percent...
VW Selects Denver for Electric Vehicle Investment
April 13, 2017
The U.S. EPA has approved a plan submitted by Volkswagen to the first tranche (portion) of the $2 billion Zero Emission Vehicle investment fund, which  is one element of the civil settlement over VW's emissions cheating. This tranche allocates $275 million to building electric vehicle charging stations and $25 million to brand neutral public education. VW will invest in approximately 240 fast chargers along interstate highways, and will invest...
Congratulations to 2017 ENERGY STAR Award Winners in the Southwest
April 13, 2017
In 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy (DOE) recognized 152 ENERGY STAR partner organizations for outstanding achievements in energy efficiency. SWEEP congratulates the nine award winners with operations based in the Southwest region. Six organizations in our region were honored in the category of "Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence" in three award categories for their exceptional leadership...
Xcel Energy Once Again Surpasses Energy Savings Goals
April 11, 2017
Xcel Energy reports it achieved 410 gigwatt hours (GWh) per year of electricity savings and 89 megwatts (MW) of peak load reduction at the generator level from demand-side management (DSM) programs implemented in 2016 in Colorado. The electricity savings were equal to 1.3 percent of the utility’s retail electricity sales on a net savings basis, and surpassed the savings goal established by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. Xcel Energy estimates...
APS and TEP Increase Energy Efficiency Program Savings in 2015
April 7, 2017
Arizona Public Service Company (APS) helped its customers save 480 gigawatt hours (GWh) per year from energy efficiency programs implemented in 2016 (savings at point of use), while Tucson Electric Power Company (TEP) helped its customers save 148 GWh per year. Both utilities increased savings compared to program performance in 2015 and are on track in complying with the state’s Energy Efficiency Resource Standard, which requires 20 percent savings...
PacifiCorp Issues Its 2017 Integrated Resource Plan
April 5, 2017
PacifiCorp, the main investor-owned utility in Utah and Wyoming through its Rocky Mountain Power subsidiary, has issued its 2017 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The 2017 IRP calls for a energy efficiency programs to meet 88 percent of forecasted load growth during 2017-26 for PacifiCorp as a whole. But because forecasted load growth in the 2017 IRP is lower than that in the utility’s 2015 IRP, the energy savings goals for programs in Utah decline...
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...

Parker's emphasis on efficiency earns recognition