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Arizona Corporation Commission approves APS energy efficiency plan

[PHOENIX, AZ] – The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) and Arizona PIRG Education Fund praised Chairwoman Lea Marquez Peterson, Commissioner Sandra Kennedy, Commissioner Anna Tovar, and Commissioner Jim O’Connor - utility regulators at the Arizona Corporation Commission - for voting yesterday to expand programs and services to help Arizonans save energy and money on their electricity bills.

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Climate coalition petitions for adoption of Clean Car Standard in 2021
July 1, 2021
[ALBUQUERQUE, NM] – A broad coalition of New Mexican citizen groups filed a petition with the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board today, asking the board to update its Advanced Clean Car Standards by the end of 2021. Updating and enforcing these rules is a critical step in resolving the climate crisis and protecting public health. The standards would limit air pollution from vehicle tailpipes and require auto manufacturers...
Denver releases Renewable Heating and Cooling Plan
June 21, 2021
[DENVER,CO] — The Denver Office of Climate Action, Sustainability, and Resiliency (CASR) released a Renewable Heating and Cooling Plan on June 15th showing how Denver residents can heat and cool their homes and businesses efficiently with clean electricity. The Plan describes opportunities to electrify homes and businesses and includes recommendations for the City of Denver to ensure an equitable transition to renewable heating and cooling technologies. Key...
Governor Polis signs transportation bill, positioning Colorado to accelerate electric vehicle deployment, expand multimodal transportation, and reduce pollution
June 17, 2021
[DENVER, CO] – Today, Colorado Governor Polis signed Senate Bill 260 (SB260) into law. The legislation will raise $5.4 billion over the next 10 years through a combination of general fund transfers and new fees on gasoline, diesel, electric vehicles (EVs), residential deliveries, and rideshare trips to repair and expand our decaying transportation system and clean up its air pollution.  While not perfect, the legislation is...
New Mexicans petition State to Adopt Advanced Clean Cars Standards
June 11, 2021
[ALBUQUERQUE, NM] – A broad coalition of New Mexican citizen groups filed a formal petition yesterday asking the state to adopt Advanced Clean Cars Standards by the end of 2021. Clean car standards are a critical step in resolving the climate crisis. The standards would limit pollution from vehicle tailpipes in New Mexico and require auto manufacturers to deliver an increasing number of zero-emission electric vehicles (EVs) to the state. Governor...
Colorado legislators pass four bills to reduce building emissions, cut utility costs
June 9, 2021
[DENVER, CO] – Colorado legislators passed three bills today and four total this session to help Coloradans cut energy waste and power their homes and businesses with clean electricity. In addition to reducing utility bills, cutting down on indoor air pollution, and creating family-sustaining jobs in the buildings sector, these bills represent progress toward Colorado’s ambitious goals to reduce climate-warming emissions. Governor...
Love Electric website launches
June 7, 2021
[BOULDER, CO] – Like electric cars, which are fun to drive and cheaper to operate and maintain than gasoline-powered cars, there are more efficient and cleaner electric technologies and appliances available for heating our homes, providing hot water, and cooking our food. These technologies offer improved comfort, cooking performance, health and safety, and reduced energy costs (in many cases). And they are a major part of the solution...
Nevada Legislature passes legislation to cut energy and water waste from major appliances, advance state Climate Strategy
May 31, 2021
[CARSON CITY, NV] – The Nevada Legislature passed a bill today to reduce the energy and water waste of 13 common consumer and business products including water coolers, computer monitors, and home ventilating fans. The measure now heads to Governor Sisolak's desk. Assembly Bill 383 provides access to the most technologically advanced appliances while removing the least efficient, energy-guzzling, and water-wasting products...
Conservation groups: Nevada Legislature’s passage of SB 448 will help support clean energy economy
May 31, 2021
[CARSON CITY, NV] – Conservation groups today welcomed the Nevada Legislature’s passage of Senate Bill 448, a measure that will align electric utility plans and investments with state climate goals. The expansive bill now goes to Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak to be signed into law. SB 448 will address key issues in energy transmission, electric transportation, rooftop solar, clean electricity, renewable energy storage, energy efficiency,...
SWEEP praises Colorado legislators for adopting legislation to strengthen gas utility energy efficiency programs
May 27, 2021
[BOULDER, CO] – On May 27th, the Colorado legislature passed HB21-1238, a bill that updates state policy on gas utility demand-side management (DSM) and energy efficiency programs. Lead sponsors of the bill are Representatives Tracey Bernett (D-Longmont) and Chris Kennedy (D-Lakewood) in the House and Senator Chris Hansen (D-Denver) in the Senate. The bill directs the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to: “HB21-1238 will cut...
Arizona Corporation Commission revives Energy Rules: Groups applaud bipartisan vote to enact consumer protections, cut electricity bills
May 26, 2021
[PHOENIX, AZ] – Earlier this month, when the Arizona Corporation Commission voted to kill its comprehensive Energy Rules, the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), Arizona PIRG Education Fund, and Wildfire: Igniting Community Action to End Poverty in Arizona denounced the decision. Today, those very same organizations applauded the Commission for reviving its Energy Rules and voting to extend and expand Arizona’s successful Energy...