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How to Improve I-25 Traffic Without Spending Big Bucks

Many Colorado drivers complain about the traffic on Interstate 25 through metro Denver. But Colorado doesn’t have money to add new lanes to I-25, and even if it did, motorists would see only temporary benefits until traffic increased so much that even the new lanes would become snarled. Now, a report from the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) explains how to use market forces to improve the highway for the long-term, all at a reasonable cost.

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Utilities in the Southwest Begin Electric Vehicle Discount Programs
July 5, 2017
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El Paso Electric Company Achieves New Mexico Energy Savings Requirement Four Years Ahead of Schedule
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Governor Sandoval Approves Utility Energy Efficiency Legislation in Nevada
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On June 15, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed into law SB 150, a bill pertaining to electric utility energy efficiency policies and programs in Nevada. The bill was sponsored by State Senator Pat Spearman, and passed the legislature with near unanimous support. The bill includes a number of provisions that will result in expanded utility energy efficiency programs including: Directing the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) to set energy...
Utility Energy Efficiency Rankings: Room for Improvement in the Southwest
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NV Governor Signs EV Bill; State will tell utilities to show how they will invest in electric car charging stations
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Nevada Legislature Takes Another Step to Support Energy Efficiency
June 5, 2017
SB150 Will Help Consumers and Businesses Cut Their Electricity Use For Immediate Release CONTACT: Penelope Purdy, SWEEP communications director, or 303-447-0078 or 303-885-4909; or Tom Polikalas, or 775) 386-7411   NV State Senator Pat Spearman, sponsor of SB150 (CARSON CITY, NV) June 5, 2017 -  Nevada prides itself on being a leader in solar power and geothermal...

Parker's emphasis on efficiency earns recognition