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SWEEP Announces 2019 Allies

The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) announced today that 44 companies and non-profit organizations have joined, or renewed memberships in, our Allies program. The participating businesses and organizations help SWEEP expand our work to advance energy efficiency policies and programs at the state, local and utility levels. 

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SWEEP Delivers Webinar on Energy Efficiency for Cannabis Grow Operations
April 8, 2019
SWEEP organized and led a webinar on April 2 on policies and programs to improve energy efficiency for the cannabis sector. Indoor cannabis grows are fairly energy-intensive, using about 10 times the electricity per square foot as a typical office building. And, in states with legalized recreational marijuana, energy consumption from the cannabis sector can grow rapidly. The four nationally recognized speakers discussed some of the opportunities to improve...
Colorado PUC Approves Energy Efficiency Plan for Xcel Energy: Utility will expand energy efficiency programs implemented during 2019-20
March 29, 2019
(Boulder, CO) – The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has approved the 2019-2020 plan for Xcel Energy’s demand-side management (DSM) programs in Colorado. The plan is based on an unopposed Settlement Agreement filed with the PUC in February. The plan calls for Xcel Energy to spend about $110 million per year during 2019-20 on electric energy efficiency and demand response programs, and an additional $15 million per year on natural...
Travis Madsen Named SWEEP’s Transportation Program Director
March 27, 2019
We are pleased to announce that Travis Madsen has joined SWEEP as our new Transportation Program Director, replacing Will Toor who is now the Director of the Colorado Energy Office and an advisor to Colorado Governor Jared Polis. Travis has 18 years of experience working on clean energy and climate issues for Environment America, the Frontier Group, and NJ PIRG. He is working in SWEEP’s Boulder office.  His contact info is: tmadsen@swenergy.org;...
House Committee Approves Bill to Improve Appliance Energy Efficiency
March 26, 2019
Froelich-Kipp bill will help consumers save money, conserve energy & water (Mar. 25) – The House Energy and Environment committee approved a bill, sponsored by Rep. Meg Froelich, D-Englewood, and Rep. Cathy Kipp, D-Fort Collins, that would set up-to-date energy and water efficiency standards for commercial and residential products that are not already regulated under the federal government. “Hardworking Coloradans are already saving...
Legislation Amended To Help Consumers Save Energy and Money
March 20, 2019
(Carson City, NV) – The Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy (NGOE) has introduced an important amendment to Assembly Bill 54, to ensure that the Silver State maintains a high level of energy efficiency for light bulbs sold in Nevada. “AB 54, as amended in the Assembly’s Growth and Infrastructure Committee, will save consumers money on their utility bills and also reduce pollutant emissions from power plants,” said Tom Polikalas,...
New Mexico Passes Bill to Expand Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure
March 19, 2019
(Santa Fe, NM) – On March 16th, the New Mexico legislature passed HB 521, a bill that expands the role of utilities in electrifying the state’s transportation system. This is a major step in New Mexico’s commitment to reduce emissions and decarbonize the transportation sector, which is the leading source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the U.S. The bill requires regulated utilities to develop electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure...
Energy Efficiency Legislation Adopted: NM utilities will continue to help their customers save energy
March 14, 2019
(Santa Fe, NM) – New Mexico electric utility companies will maintain strong energy efficiency programs for their customers over the next decade as a result of a bill that passed in the legislature on March 13th. This legislation, HB 291, is now headed to the desk of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham who is expected to sign it. “The legislation will result in lower electric bills for New Mexico’s families and businesses, as well as reduced...
Utah’s Commercial Energy Code Gets an Upgrade From Utah Legislature
March 5, 2019
On February 28, 2019 the Utah Legislature passed HB 218-Construction Code Modifications, sponsored by Representative Mike Schultz. Among other things, this bill adopts the full commercial provisions of the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code and also, by reference, the ASHRE 90.1-2016 energy standard. The update of the commercial energy code represents a clear win for improved energy efficiency and air quality in Utah’s 2019 General Legislative...
Colorado Energy Director Will Toor to Drive Push Toward Renewables, Electric Vehicles - Denver Post
February 11, 2019
For six years, Toor worked on those director at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, as a member of the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission, as a Boulder County commissioner and as Boulder mayor. He has taken the helm at the Colorado Energy Office at a time when changes in energy and transportation are among the top agenda items of a new governor. __________________________
Arizona Corporation Commission Approves Tucson Electric Power's Energy Efficiency Plan, Restores Programs
February 7, 2019
The Arizona Corporation Commission voted unanimously to approve Tucson Electric Power’s (TEP) Energy Efficiency Plan at its February 6, 2019, Open Meeting. The approval of the $22.9 million plan will enable the Pima County utility to launch new programs that have been on hold since the Plan was initially filed in August 2017. Popular residential and commercial energy-savings programs will also be restored. Some of the offerings approved by the Commission’s...