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Consumer and Conservation Groups Applaud Arizona Corporation Commission’s Approval of Implementation Plan to Electrify Transportation

(Phoenix, AZ) – Western Resource Advocates, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, Arizona PIRG Education Fund, and Wildfire Arizona welcomed the Arizona Corporation Commission’s (ACC) approval today of a plan that fosters electric vehicle use, charging infrastructure development, and innovative rate designs for electric vehicle (EV) charging.

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Arizona Corporation Commission Approves TEP’s Energy Efficiency Implementation Plan Through 2020
July 11, 2019
On July 10th, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) voted unanimously to approve Tucson Electric Power’s (TEP) Energy Efficiency Plan through the end of 2020. With this vote TEP will maintain a budget of more than $22 million for its efficiency programs. According to TEP, these programs have historically delivered more than $5 in benefits for every $1 invested. SWEEP testified at the Commission’s Open Meeting on July 10, 2019, in support of the plan’s approval.
Arizona Corporation Commission Approves New Policy for Electric Vehicle Investments and Programs
July 10, 2019
The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) voted to approve an Electric Vehicle (EV) Policy Implementation Plan. The plan provides next steps for regulated utilities to design and propose EV pilot programs and to support a stakeholder engagement process to develop a long-term transportation electrification plan for the state. This vote allows Arizona Public Service Company (APS), Tucson Electric Power (TEP), and other regulated utilities to propose EV pilot...
Court Gives Colorado Green Light for Clean Car Standards
July 8, 2019
(Denver, CO) – Today, the District Court for the City and County of Denver rejected a challenge seeking to block implementation of more protective pollution standards for passenger vehicles. (Case Number 2019 CV30343) Last November, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission adopted Regulation #20, the Colorado Low Emission Automobile Regulation (or CLEAR). The rule requires automobile manufacturers to build vehicles that achieve...
New SWEEP Technology Brief Delves Into Doability Of Air Sealing Multifamily Buildings
July 1, 2019
Improving air sealing is an important strategy to reduce energy waste in buildings. Across much of the U.S., air leakage testing in single-family homes has become an established practice for residential new construction ever since the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) was published. Yet the more complex practice of air sealing in multifamily buildings hasn’t yet become a common practice due to limited code enforcement by building departments...
Flagstaff, Arizona Advances to Most Efficient Energy Code and Standard
June 27, 2019
On June 18, 2019, Flagstaff City Council adopted the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code.  The city had been operating under the less energy efficient 2009 IECC with weakening amendments since 2013. The adoption of the 2018 IECC will provide approximately 16% energy savings for new home buyers, cost effective for the homeowner and will provide approximately $300 in savings annually compared to the older code.  New commercial building owners...
Rocky Mountain Power: Energy Savings Decline in 2018
June 26, 2019
Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) reports that its 2018 energy efficiency programs helped its customers in Utah save 262 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year. This is a 24 percent reduction compared to the savings achieved by the utility’s programs in 2017. In addition to reduced energy savings, there were fewer participants in the programs in 2018 compared to 2017. Nonetheless, RMP indicates that its 2018 energy efficiency and other DSM programs yielded...
New SWEEP Technology Brief Highlights Successful Dominion Energy Utah R-5 Windows Rebate Program
June 20, 2019
As part of a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Residential Buildings Integration program, SWEEP has published a technology brief highlighting an innovative residential buildings technology that is part of a utility-sponsored energy efficiency program in the Southwest. The first in a series of technology briefs highlights the Dominion Energy Utah R-5 windows rebate program. Dominion Energy Utah is a natural gas utility that provides service...
State Directing $70 Million to Clean Transportation
June 20, 2019
(Denver, CO) – Last week, Colorado rolled out an updated plan for spending its $68.7 million share of funds available as a result of the Volkswagen (VW) emissions cheating scandal. The plan increases Colorado’s focus on clean, electric transportation, fulfilling one of the directives of Governor Polis’ first executive order, “Supporting a Transition to Zero Emission Vehicles.” “This new plan steers Colorado in the...
Markets for Energy Efficiency Products and Electric Vehicles Rapidly Growing
June 18, 2019
The Advanced Energy Now 2019 Market Report, published by the business organization Advanced Energy Economy, shows that all types of advanced energy products generated nearly $238 billion in sales revenues in the U.S. in 2018, nine percent greater than revenues in 2017. Of this total, building energy efficiency measures accounted for $83 billion in sales revenue—more than one third of the total. Building efficiency measures include high efficiency lighting,...
Salt River Project Approves New, More Ambitious Sustainability Commitments for Carbon, Efficiency, and Electric Vehicles
June 4, 2019
On June 3, 2019, Salt River Project’s (SRP) Board of Directors voted unanimously to adopt revised, more ambitious sustainability commitments through 2035 for the Arizona-based public power utility. The new commitments were adopted after an 8-month stakeholder engagement process that sought input from customers and public interest organizations including SWEEP. The 17 sustainability targets approved by SRP include commitments for the utility to...