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Nevada adopts Advanced Clean Cars Standards

[CARSON CITY, NV] – Today, the Nevada State Legislative Commission approved the Clean Cars Nevada regulation, officially making Nevada the 16th state (including Washington, D.C.) to adopt Advanced Clean Cars Standards. The new policy will require automakers to build and deliver more efficient vehicles to Nevada, including more plug-in electric cars and trucks. The measure is the strongest available policy Nevada could adopt to accelerate electric passenger vehicle deployment, reduce oil consumption and cut pollution, and comes as a recommendation of the State Climate Plan. The vote was the final step in a process Governor Steve Sisolak began in June 2020.

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New report: Electric trucks are a multi-billion dollar opportunity for Colorado
October 12, 2021
[DENVER, CO] – Today, the Colorado Energy Office published a new report finding that zero-emission trucks are a can’t-miss opportunity for Colorado, with the potential to deliver more than $20 billion in benefits to Coloradans over the next 30 years. Experts at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) reviewed the report and highlighted the following substantial benefits: “Governor Polis should act quickly to accelerate...
NM groups to lawmakers: Fossil-fueled hydrogen a climate threat, not a solution
October 5, 2021
[ALBUQUERQUE, NM] – On Tuesday, a coalition of New Mexico community, environmental, and justice organizations warned state and federal lawmakers of the risks of diving head-first into fossil-fueled hydrogen projects. The groups’ letter provides guidance on the context and safeguards that must be enacted before hydrogen projects are considered in the San Juan Basin, and in New Mexico generally. The oil and gas industry has lobbied for...
SWEEP's Neil Kolwey joins the Beneficial Advisory League's Advisory Council
October 4, 2021
SWEEP Industrial Program Director Neil Kolwey has joined the Beneficial Advisory League's (BEL) inaugural Advisory Council. BEL's Advisory Council will be made up of individuals with varying perspectives across the beneficial electrification landscape. The Council will assist with developing strategies and recommendations on how BEL can execute upon its mission and help guide beneficial electrification efforts on a national scale. In the...
New report: Arizona utility regulators must take immediate action to enable a just and equitable transition for coal-impacted communities
September 30, 2021
[PHOENIX, AZ] – A new report released today by the Empowered Transition initiative recommends that Arizona utility regulators take immediate action to enable a just and equitable transition for coal-impacted communities. The report documents dozens of testimonials of Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe members, small business owners, and local elected officials who are or will soon be facing the economic hardships that come with utility decisions...
Southwest Energy Efficiency Project celebrates 20th anniversary
September 29, 2021
[BOULDER, CO] – Founded in 2001, the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) celebrated its 20th anniversary by awarding its Founder and former Executive Director, Howard Geller, with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Geller, who served as Executive Director of SWEEP for 20 years, stepped down from his position in January. In a celebration at the eTown Hall in Boulder, Colorado, dozens of policymakers, colleagues, fellow environmental advocates, and...
Despite significant opposition, Salt River Project approves huge gas plant expansion
September 13, 2021
  [PHOENIX, AZ] – Today, the Board of Salt River Project (SRP), Arizona’s second-largest electric utility, approved a plan to spend nearly $1 billion to build 16 new gas units at its power plant in Coolidge, Arizona, despite significant opposition from clean energy supporters, consumer advocates, faith leaders, conservation groups, legislators, city officials, Coolidge residents, and six members of the SRP Board. This decision...
U.S. Energy Secretary visits Albuquerque energy efficiency project
August 19, 2021
U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, Senator Martin Heinrich, and Congresswoman Melanie Stansbury joined the Community Energy Efficiency (CEE) Project on August 18, 2021 to kick off the low-income energy efficiency and electrification project in the International District of Albuquerque. The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), Prosperity Works, and Energy Works are partnering on this project which provides energy audits and then free...
Seven Southwest organizations (and one university) will receive funding to advance technology and educate the workforce that will benefit Americans and lower their utility bills
August 17, 2021
The U.S. Department of Energy is funding seven organizations in the SWEEP region to benefit American consumers by lowering utility bills and educating the existing and upcoming workforce to support more efficient, electrified, and grid connected buildings. Total funding for all 44 competitively selected projects is nearly $83 million. SWEEP is participating in one of the projects (AESP) and worked with the state of New Mexico (EMNRD) to develop their...
SWEEP Buildings Program Director Jim Meyers appointed to ICC Residential International Energy Conservation Code Committee
August 17, 2021
Jim Meyers, Buildings Program Director for SWEEP, has been appointed by the International Code Council (ICC) Board of Directors to the new Residential International Energy Conservation Code Standards Committee. The committee will be responsible for developing the 2024 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). He will serve a three-year term. Jim has participated in previous code development committees and code action committees for ICC as well as...
CDOT releases draft Transportation Pollution Standard
August 17, 2021
[DENVER, CO] – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) released its draft Greenhouse Gas Pollution Standard today to determine how to spend more than $2.5 billion in annual state transportation funding. With this rule in place, CDOT and local transportation planning organizations across the state will be required — for the first time — to account for the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission impacts of state and regional transportation...