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Colorado legislature scores notable wins on energy efficiency, climate, and transit
May 12, 2022
[DENVER, CO] – The Colorado legislature wrapped up its 2022 session at midnight on Wednesday, May 11, sending 11 important energy efficiency bills to Governor Polis for his signature. “Colorado took significant steps forward on efficiency, climate, and transit this legislative session,” said Elise Jones, Executive Director of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP). “These actions will help Coloradans save money on...
Colorado legislature approves landmark energy codes bill
May 11, 2022
[BOULDER, CO] – On May 11th, the Colorado legislature completed the adoption of House Bill (HB) 22-1362 which requires cities and counties to update their building energy codes to increase energy efficiency and cut the climate pollution from new homes and commercial buildings. Lead sponsors of the bill are Representatives Tracey Bernett (D-Longmont) and Alex Valdez (D-Denver) along with Senators Chris Hansen (D-Denver) and Faith Winter (D-Adams...
Fort Collins builds for the future with stronger energy efficiency building codes and EV ready requirements
May 9, 2022
[DENVER, CO] – With only days left in the legislative session, advocates are calling on the legislature to follow in the actions of the City of Fort Collins last month and pass two House Bills (HBs) that would strengthen clean building codes across the state. The bills, HB22-1218 and HB22-1362, follow Fort Collins City Council, which adopted the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code, strengthening energy efficiency requirements for single-family,...
New Mexico adopts Clean Cars standards with unanimous approval
May 5, 2022
[SANTA FE, NM] – Today, the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board and the City of Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board unanimously voted to adopt Clean Cars rules after public hearings on May 4 and 5. Adoption of the rules follows a robust stakeholder engagement process over the past year. The Clean Cars rules will go into effect for model year 2026, arriving in showrooms in 2025. With expected incentives in the...
Arizona Corporation Commission rejects Salt River Project’s massive gas plant expansion
April 13, 2022
                     [PHOENIX, AZ] – Yesterday, in a bi-partisan decision, Arizona utility regulators rejected Salt River Project’s (SRP) proposal to build 16 new gas turbines at the Coolidge power plant. In the 4-to-1 vote denying the ~$1 billion project, Arizona Corporation Commissioners cited the utility’s rushed and opaque public process, its failure to conduct a competitive...
NM Clean Cars Clean Air coalition announces broad support for Clean Cars rulemaking
April 13, 2022
[SANTA FE, NM] – Today, the New Mexico Clean Cars Clean Air coalition of over 35 organizations announced their support for the clean cars rulemaking process being led by the State of New Mexico and the City of Albuquerque. The New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board and the City of Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board will hold hearings on May 4th and 5th to consider the clean cars rules, following a robust stakeholder...
Energy codes legislation will save consumers money and reduce climate emissions
April 11, 2022
[BOULDER, CO] – House Bill 22-1362 (HB22-1362), introduced in the Colorado legislature on April 7, requires cities and counties to update their building energy codes in order to increase the energy efficiency and cut the pollutant emissions of new homes and commercial buildings. Lead sponsors of the bill are Representatives Tracey Bernett (D-Longmont) and Alex Valdez (D-Denver). The bill directs local governments that have building codes to:  “With...
SWEEP's statement on air quality funding measures unveiled today in the Colorado General Assembly
March 31, 2022
The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) expresses support for a sweeping package of air quality funding measures unveiled today in the Colorado General Assembly. Elise Jones, Executive Director for SWEEP, issued the following statement: “We applaud Governor Polis and state legislative leaders for prioritizing clean air and a healthy climate for all Coloradans through the introduction of this ambitious legislative package. As our...
Efficiency advocates cheer Governor Sisolak's move to cut truck pollution
March 31, 2022
[LAS VEGAS, NV] – Today Nevada joined 16 other states and the district of Columbia in committing to take action to clean up pollution from trucks. Governor Steve Sisolak signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), signaling his intention to guide Nevada to a future where all medium- and heavy-duty vans, trucks and buses operate with zero tailpipe emissions. By signing the MOU, Nevada is committing to “strive to make at least 30 percent...
EPA restores New Mexico’s authority to set and enforce clean vehicle standards
March 9, 2022
[SANTA FE, NM] – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) restored the right of states to implement tougher emission standards for new passenger vehicles. This action finally resolves the Trump Administration’s multi-year attempt to roll back federal vehicle emissions and mileage rules and block states from setting stronger vehicle tailpipe emissions standards than the federal government. The move paves the way for New Mexico...