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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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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...
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...

Parker's emphasis on efficiency earns recognition