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Federal Energy Efficiency Programs Spared Budget Ax; Congress Saves Jobs and Consumer Dollars in Southwestern States

The U.S. Congress today approved, and the president signed into law, a total budget of $1.17 billion for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) energy efficiency programs for FY18, a 12 percent increase over the $1.04 billion lawmakers approved in FY17 and a sum more than four times the $231.5 million that the Trump Administration proposed for these programs. In addition, the federal budget maintains the funding for the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR programs in FY18 at the same level as in FY17, again ignoring deep cuts requested by the Administration.

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Stakeholders in energy efficiency, clean energy, and related areas have begun discussing the first steps in implementing New Mexico’s Energy Roadmap goals and strategies. The Energy Roadmap, completed in December, is a statewide energy project that is intended to strengthen and diversify a New Mexico energy economy that is resilient to global changes. Energy stakeholders, representing a broad range of more than 50 public and private entities, met...
Colorado’s Final VW Settlement Investment Plan Will Achieve Bold Goals; SWEEP: investments will make possible the important steps detailed in the State Electric Vehicle Plan
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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment  today finalized its plan for how to invest nearly $70 million in fines paid by VW as part of a nationwide settlement of the company’s emissions cheating scandal. The plan will enable Colorado to encourage widespread, consumer adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), reduce dependence on fossil fuels, and help clean up the state’s air quality.  The plan allocates funds for...
SWEEP Welcomes Two New Staffers
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Electric Transportation Forum
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Check out the KTVN-Channel 2 news story about SWEEP's recent NV electric forum, including a snowstorm interview with SWEEP's Will Toor and a calmer but still outdoor discussion with state Sen. Patricia Spearman, who sponsored important energy efficiency legislation last year. The one-minute newscast also describes the value of the eight-state (including NV) agreement to create charging stations along 7,000 miles of interstate highways.