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Arizona Joins EV Charging Plan, Creating Eight-State Regional Corridor

PHOENIX, AZ (Oct. 20, 2017) -- SWEEP applauds Arizona for joining seven other states in the region to encourage adoption and use of electric vehicles (EVs). The Memorandum of Understanding, signed also by the governors of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, calls for the states to cooperate in developing locations to recharge electric vehicles along more than 5,000 miles of interstate highways throughout the Southwest and Rocky Mountains.

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The Weather Channel Interviews SWEEP's Howard Geller
November 8, 2017
The Weather Channel recently interviewed SWEEP's Howard Geller in a longer story about NOAA's supercomputer located in Cheyenne, WY. The article explores the paradox of Wyoming hosting the machine that crunches numbers for climate scientists in a state that remains determined to save coal-fired power plants.  Read the full story here.  
SWEEP's Will Toor Explains Proliferating Electric Vehicle Sales
November 6, 2017
Mountain Town News extensively quotes Will Toor, SWEEP's transporation program director, about why electric vehicle sales continue to proliferate. Today they constitute just 10,000 or so among the 5 million-plus cars, trucks, and motorcycles. But the growth rate for EVs has averaged 41 percent since 2012, and this year sales are up 73 percent over the same months of last year. Read more here.    
Salt River Project Surpasses FY 2017 Energy Efficiency Goal
November 3, 2017
The Salt River Project’s (SRP’s) energy efficiency efforts enabled its customers to realize annual incremental savings of 570,409 megawatt-hours (MWh) per year as a result of energy efficiency programs the utility implemented in fiscal year 2017. This level of energy savings represents 113 percent of the utility’s goal for fiscal year 2017 programs. The savings equate to the amount of energy needed to power more than Arizona 30,000 homes...
SWEEP Staff Make Four Presentations at National Energy Efficiency Conference
November 3, 2017
SWEEP Executive Director Howard Geller and Arizona Representative Jeff Schlegel made four presentations at the 2017 ACEEE Energy Efficiency as a Resource conference held Oct. 30 - Nov. 1, 2017 in Litchfield Park, AZ. The presentations review utility energy efficiency policy and program trends in the SWEEP region, innovative technologies and program design strategies from utilities in the Southwest, and the treatment of energy efficiency resources in utility...
Read SWEEP Article Evaluating NM Efficiency
November 2, 2017
Green Fire Times, a New Mexico magazine focused on sustainability in the Southwest, published an analysis by SWEEP’s Tammy Fiebelkorn about how the Land of Enchantment’s energy efficiency efforts compare with other states. Read the full text here.  
SW Homebuilders Win U.S. Department of Energy Awards for EE Innovation
October 30, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy has honored six Southwest homebuilders with the 2017 Housing Innovation Awards, the most competitive event in four years, DOE said. The 26 awards were given out at the 2017 Energy and Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) High Performance Home Summit in Atlanta, GA, on October 10-12, 2017. This year’s Grand Winner was Thrive Home Builders, headquartered in Denver, Colorado. DOE also recognized 11 other applicants with...
Check Out SWEEP’s October Blogs
October 27, 2017
SWEEP’s experts further explain and expand on the Southwest’s recent energy efficiency news through their highly readable and informative blogs. Our recent offerings include: Discover more about why Reno’s recently adopted energy efficiency policy will be good for the local economy as well as Nevada’s clean air and water resources. Written by Jim Meyers, director of SWEEP’s buildings program, the blog also describes...
Park City Council Adopts Net Zero Energy Standards for Municipal Facilities
October 26, 2017
On October 16, 2017, the City Council of Park City, UT, unanimously passed a resolution to adopt “net-zero -energy performance requirements” for city-owned and -funded buildings. The policy means that new municipal facilities in Park City must be designed, built, and operated according to one of three standards noted in the resolution: The International Living Future Institute’s “Energy Petal” Certification; or A...
SWEEP Submits Critique of APS’ 2017 Integrated Resource Plan
October 20, 2017
On October 16, SWEEP submitted detailed comments to the Arizona Corporation Commission on the 2017 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) prepared by Arizona Public Service Company (APS). SWEEP found that APS’ Plan is weighted too heavily to new supply-side resources and in particular new gas-fired power plants, and is biased against energy efficiency and other demand-side management (DSM) resources. Consequently the Plan would unnecessarily increase costs...
Reno Brightens Its Future with Energy-Efficient Buildings Push
October 19, 2017
On October 18, 2017, the City of Reno launched REENERGIZE RENO, its ambitious program to improve the efficiency of commercial, industrial and multifamily buildings by 20 percent by 2025. REENERGIZE RENO is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge, designed to cut energy waste in large buildings. Reno joins 45 pioneering cities working to boost local economies and reduce climate pollution by facilitating energy efficiency...

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