Press Releases

The following are press releases released by SWEEP:

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...
Boulder Now Requires New Construction to Offer EV Charging Stations
February 23, 2017
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...
Colorado Near the Bottom in Funding Public Transit
January 31, 2017
  BOULDER, CO (January 31, 2017) Colorado ranks near the bottom in state funding of public transit, investing one-twentieth of the national average and ranking 29th among all states, says a new report from the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP). Moreover, unlike 20 other states, Colorado does not use any gas tax money to help public transit, according to the January 2017 study titled “State of Colorado is Near the Bottom in Funding...
New Report: Electric Vehicles Play a Role in Improving Utah Wasatch Front Air Quality
January 26, 2017
Salt Lake City, UT (Jan. 25, 2017) – A new report shows electric vehicles – both plug-in hybrids and fubattery-powered cars – will substantially help improve air quality along the Utah Wasatch Front. In addition, the study explains why the shift to electric vehicles (EVs) will bring economic benefits, too. The report, called “The Potential for Electric Vehicles to Reduce Vehicle Emissions and Provide Economic Benefits in the...
Reno City Council Votes to Support Energy Efficiency, Clean Energy in Collaboration with Community Stakeholders
January 11, 2017
 RENO (Jan. 11, 2017) – The Reno City Council voted today to support  energy efficiency and clean energy and to join other public sector groups in the Sustainability Partners in Northern Nevada (SPINN) coalition. The resolution, "Energy; Public Utilities and Similar Entities,” also had the backing of the city manager’s office, and passed 5 to 2.  “The City of Reno’s continued commitment...
Two Southwest Utilities and City of Las Vegas Recognized for Energy-Saving Efforts
November 15, 2016
(Boulder, CO) – The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) today gave the 2016 Leadership in Energy Efficiency Awards to the City of Las Vegas Office of Sustainability, Rocky Mountain Power and Xcel Energy. Howard Geller, SWEEP’s executive director, presented the awards at the Thirteenth Annual Southwest Utility Energy Efficiency Workshop, which SWEEP hosted at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, NV. “Las Vegas has demonstrated that...
New Home Ratings Will Answer the Question, "How Much Energy Will It Use?"
August 11, 2016
The Salt Lake City Parade of Homes continues through Aug. 13, and many Utahns taking the tour are pondering which new homes are best for them. One important question facing them is, "What would my energy bills be in this home versus that home?" Utah consumers can now check energy ratings to understand a home's estimated energy use.  That's because new homes in Utah may now include an energy rating score that empowers homebuyers...
Colorado Adopts Best-in-Nation EV Tax Incentive
May 16, 2016
DENVER, CO (May 13, 2016)—With only one dissenting vote, Colorado lawmakers improved the state’s incentives for alternative fuel (electric, hydrogen and CNG) vehicles by adopting HB 1332 in the session ended May 11. The incentive intends to boost sales by providing buyers of those vehicles with a $5,000 tax credit that can be assigned to a car dealer or finance company to effectively reduce the sticker price upon purchase. The law goes into...
Nation's First EV/Solar Group Purchase Program Boosts Sales
March 17, 2016
DENVER, CO (March 17, 2016)—A coalition of Denver metro local governments led by Boulder County launched the nation’s first combined solar and electric vehicle group purchase program during the last four months of 2015 and tallied impressive sales results.  Now the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) and the Colorado Energy Office have released a handbook and case study to help other cities and counties replicate the program across...
Las Vegas Retailers Want Popular Energy Efficiency Programs Back
January 27, 2016
A Congresswoman representing Southern Nevada, the Retail Association of Nevada and several retail businesses spoke up this week in support of NV Energy’s request that the Nevada Public Utilities Commission consider reinstating two popular and successful energy efficiency programs that the commission voted to eliminate on Dec. 22, 2015.  The two programs that were cut are the Residential Lighting program, which lowers the cost of LED lamps...
Nevada Utility Commissioners Slash Funding for Energy Efficiency Programs
December 22, 2015
In a hearing today, Nevada utility commissioners took an unprecedented move to slash energy efficiency programs for residential and business customers of NV Energy in southern Nevada.  Three programs were completely shuttered. The rest of NV Energy’s programs were funded at low levels for 2016-2018.  Programs that were eliminated: 1) Residential Lighting program which lowers the cost of LED lamps sold in stores; 2) Refrigerator...
Colorado Is Top Southwest State in Energy Efficiency
October 21, 2015
Colorado achieved top ranking overall among six southwestern states in the 2015 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).  The state improved its ranking from 13th in the nation in 2014 due primarily to advances with respect to transportation policy as well as state-sponsored energy efficiency incentives.    The annual scorecard measures states’ progress on a...
New Mexico Loses Ground in Energy Efficiency
October 21, 2015
New Mexico dropped to 31st state in the nation in the 2015 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The state fell in the rankings from 22nd nationally in 2010, 27th in 2012, and 25th in 2014. The annual scorecard measures states’ progress on a variety of energy efficiency efforts, including utility programs and policies, transportation policies, building energy codes and...
Nevada Loses Ground in Energy Efficiency
October 21, 2015
Nevada fell to 31st state in the nation in the 2015 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).  The state has steadily fallen in this ranking from being 15th in the nation in 2008, 19th in 2010, 31st in 2012, and 29th in 2014.  The annual scorecard measures states’ progress on a variety of energy efficiency efforts, including utility programs and policies, transportation...
Driving Down, Use of Public Transit Up in Arizona
August 24, 2015
PHOENIX, AZ — A new report calls for transportation planners in Arizona’s biggest cities to support the trend toward less car travel by spending more of the funding pie on popular alternatives such as public transit, bike and pedestrian routes. The report, Driving Trends and Transportation Funding in the Southwest:  Budgets Can Support Further Reductions in Driving, analyzes public records and notes that, in the Phoenix metro area where...
LEDs Light Up Energy Savings in Nevada
August 20, 2015
LAS VEGAS, NV —Energy efficiency programs in Nevada in 2014 were more productive than expected, thanks in part to robust sales of LED lights. The information was included in two recent filings by NV Energy to the Nevada Public Utilities Commission: In a July filing, Nevada Power Company (NPC, the subsidiary of NV Energy that operates in southern Nevada) said it spent 17% less than its $50.3 million budget for energy efficiency programs...
Boulder Eyes EVs as Important Climate Strategy: Zero Emission Cars Can Help Reach Goals
May 21, 2015
BOULDER, CO—Achieving deep emissions reductions – 80 percent or more by 2050, as now called for by climate scientists - will require a comprehensive transportation plan that significantly reduces single occupancy vehicle trips and aggressive strategies to replace the remaining cars with clean energy vehicles, according to a report released today by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project. The 75-page report, Boulder Electric Vehicle Infrastructure...
Energy Efficient Industrials Get State Recognition
May 20, 2015
DENVER, CO --The City of Greeley's Wastewater Treatment plant and the MillerCoors Golden Brewery will receive awards from the State of Colorado for their outstanding achievements in energy efficiency. Jeff Ackermann, director of the Colorado Energy Office, will present the awards on-site at each organization. Over the past two years, from 2012-2014, the MillerCoors Golden Brewery cut energy consumption per barrel of beer by 21%, and the Greeley...
Ann Livingston Named to Energy Leadership Program
April 30, 2015
Ann Livingston, program manager for state and local engagement at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, was selected from a national pool of candidates to participate in the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) 2015 Executive Energy Leadership program.   She joins 21 other business, community and government leaders in a five-month educational program of technical briefings, lab and site tours of renewable energy...
Will Toor Receives Civic Leadership Award
April 30, 2015
Will Toor, the transportation program director for the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, received the John V. Christensen Memorial Award for regional civic leadership at the 60th anniversary celebration and awards event of the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) held in Denver on April 22. In making the award, DRCOG Chair Jackie Millet recognized Toor for his lengthy public service career and ability to work collaboratively. Toor served...
Driving Continues to Decrease, Impacts Transportation Planning
February 13, 2015
DENVER, Colo. (Feb. 13, 2015)--Richelle Rothman doesn't own a car.  The long-time Denver resident commutes to work by bike and uses public transit for trips within the metro Denver area.  When she goes out of town, she shares a ride with friends or schedules a car through Car2Go, a rideshare business.  "It's a lifestyle choice that I made to reduce my carbon footprint, but it turns out it is super easy and much less expensive...
State Construction Data Now Available in Visual Format
February 3, 2015
DENVER, Colo. (Feb. 3, 2015)--A new series of fact sheets issued by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) provides energy efficiency program managers with a visual snapshot of new building and renovation activity in the $11.3 billion regional commercial construction industry, broken down by each of six southwest states and the region overall. The two-page fact sheets translate raw data from CMD Group into pie charts and graphs that show which...
Colorado's Industrial Plants Get New Incentives for Producing Clean Energy
January 9, 2015
DENVER, Colo. (Jan. 9, 2015) --Colorado's industrial plants and manufacturers have a new opportunity to participate in Colorado's clean energy economy by taking advantage of incentives from Xcel Energy that help them turn their wasted heat from operations into profits. In a Dec. 26 ruling, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission approved Public Service Company of Colorado, a subsidiary of Xcel Energy, to provide financial incentives to industrial...
Arizona Utilities and The City of Peoria Win Southwest Leadership in Energy Efficiency Awards
November 20, 2014
TEMPE, AZ (November 20, 2014) Arizona’s three largest electric utilities received leadership awards for highly effective energy efficiency programs in a ceremony held today during the 11th annual Southwest Energy Efficiency Workshop at the Tempe Mission Palms hotel. The City of Peoria received a leadership award for its ongoing energy efficiency efforts and for being the first city in Arizona to adopt a state-of-the-art building energy code for all...
Commission Proposal Would Eliminate Energy Savings Requirements for Utilities
November 7, 2014
PHOENIX (November 6, 2014) — On the afternoon of Election Day, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) distributed "draft rules containing possible amendments" that proposed to eliminate the rules that set energy savings requirements for utilities. The Energy Efficiency Standards (EES) currently require the state’s utilities, such as Arizona Public Service Company and Tucson Electric Power, to achieve 22% electricity energy savings...
Southwest States Recognized for Energy Efficiency in ACEEE Scorecard
October 22, 2014
Colorado achieved top ranking overall among six southwestern states in the 2014 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Arizona retained its “Best in the West” ranking for energy savings from utility energy efficiency programs. The annual scorecard measures states’ progress on a variety of energy efficiency efforts, including utility programs and policies, transportation...
Proposed EV Policies Rev Up Electric Drive Week in New Mexico
September 9, 2014
Santa Fe (Sept. 9, 2014)—Electric vehicle legislation to be introduced this year in New Mexico by Rep. Jim Trujillo adds a more serious note to fun events planned in Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque for National Electric Drive Week, Sept. 15-21, 2014. “State policies are important tools for addressing barriers to EV ownership and reaping the benefits of cleaner air and much lower fuel costs,” said Rep. Trujillo. New Mexico’s...
NV State Policies Needed to Promote Electric Vehicles
September 9, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. (Sept. 9, 2014) – Several proposed new state policies would open up the Nevada market for electric vehicles, according to a new report issued by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP). Without them, the state will keep its foot on the brake instead of revving up sales of the cars despite its selection as the home state for the new Tesla electric vehicle battery factory. “Nevada does not yet have the policy infrastructure...
Policies and Programs Make Nevada Utility A Leader for Electric Vehicles
August 28, 2014
RENO, Nev. (Aug. 28, 2014) – A new report issued by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) shows that Nevada’s major utility, NV Energy, is a leader in the Southwest and the nation in promoting clean electric vehicle transportation. Through its Shared Investment Program, NV Energy has facilitated the installation of nearly half the public electric vehicle charging stations in the state. The utility also offers a special electric...
Adam Bickford and Ann Livingston Join SWEEP Staff
August 4, 2014
BOULDER, CO—The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) announced today that Adam Bickford and Ann Livingston have joined the organization, Bickford as senior associate in the utilities program and Livingston as program manager for state and local engagement. Bickford will review utility energy efficiency program design and participate in dockets before state commissions where utility energy efficiency policies and programs are reviewed. Prior...
NV Energy's Efficiency Programs Decline Again in 2013
July 24, 2014
Legislation to Set Energy Efficiency Standards Would Save Consumers Money on Utility Bills and Create Jobs A lack of state standards and utility incentives for energy efficiency programs in Nevada is hurting the utility’s customers where it counts—in the pocketbook. According to two reports released July 1 by NV Energy, the utility’s customers in 2013 saved 61% less than they saved as a result of the utility’s programs just...
Colorado PUC Considers Easing Access to Building Energy Use Data
July 14, 2014
DENVER, CO—The Colorado Public Utilities Commission will review this summer a request to revise rules that restrict the ability of municipalities and building owners to obtain from utilities the annual energy use data for their commercial and apartment buildings. A group of Colorado cities, counties and advocacy groups told the PUC on Tuesday, July 1, that local governments and building owners must have access to aggregated energy use data in order...
Contractor Finds Niche Selling Energy Efficient Lighting to Businesses
March 19, 2014
Utility Rebates Make Lighting Upgrades Affordable PHOENIX, AZ—Arizona utilities Tucson Electric Power (TEP) and Arizona Public Service (APS) announced 2013 energy savings from their efficiency programs today, and Art Ledner is proud of his company’s contributions to the results.  Ledner and his Green Energy Guys sales team at Inline Electrical Resources have gone door to door in the Arizona business community and completed 2,200...
Xcel Energy Adds Panels for EV Charging to Solar Program
January 31, 2014
DENVER, CO—Xcel Energy has expanded its Solar Rewards program to include the charging of electric vehicles from photovoltaic solar panels, effective today.  An Xcel Energy customer who purchases an electric vehicle (EV) can now install a solar system large enough to cover the electricity demand for both home and vehicle use and receive incentives from the utility for doing so. “The Solar Rewards program expansion opens up opportunities...
NM to Consider Two Energy-Saving Bills in 2014 Session
January 29, 2014
SANTA FE, NM—Two proposed state legislative bills that provide income tax credits for energy efficiency— one promoting the purchase of electric vehicles and charging stations, the other supporting home energy and water efficiency upgrades—were introduced into the New Mexico legislature for consideration during the short 2014 session. HB 136, Electric Vehicle and Charging Station Income Tax Credit HB 136, sponsored by Representative...
22 Businesses Join SWEEP Allies Program
January 29, 2014
The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) announced the launch of its Allies Program today, with 22 energy efficiency businesses or business organizations participating so far in 2014, the inaugural year for the program.  These companies are helping SWEEP advance its mission to increase energy efficiency and thereby save households and businesses money while improving the environment in the Southwest. SWEEP is a public interest organization...
Castle Rock Eases Compliance with Updated Building Codes
May 1, 2013
CASTLE ROCK, CO – For Dan Weed, “phased implementation” is the secret to success when it comes to updating municipal building energy codes. The former lead building official for the Town of Castle Rock, Colo., says it is important to not overwhelm local construction professionals with frequent changes, so he created a successful schedule that phases in the new energy code construction changes over time. “The goal for compliance...