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Nevada Drives Toward Clean Cars: Accelerating Efficient Electric Vehicle Deployment Will Deliver Major Benefits for Nevadans

[CARSON CITY, NV] – Governor Steve Sisolak announced today that Nevada will begin a rulemaking to adopt the Clean Cars Program, a policy that would require automakers to build and deliver more efficient vehicles to Nevada, including more plug-in electric cars and trucks. More than 65 organizations and businesses across the state and nation applauded the move.

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Interveners, Xcel Energy Reach Agreement on Default Time-of-Use Rates
June 18, 2020
A unanimous settlement agreement has been reached in a docket pertaining to Time-of-Use (TOU) rates for Xcel Energy’s residential customers in Colorado. If the agreement is approved by the PUC, customers will move to TOU rates after receiving an advanced smart meter during the next four years. TOU rates will be in effect the entire year with peak pricing during 3-7pm, shoulder pricing during 1-3pm, and off-peak pricing all other hours. TOU rates help...
SWEEP Statement on Racial Injustice and Inequality
June 12, 2020
With the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others, the scourge of police brutality towards people of color, systemic racial injustice and pervasive inequality have come to the forefront in our nation. Millions of protestors are demanding fundamental reforms in policing practices as well as economic and social policies in order to close safety, wealth and public health gaps between white Americans and people of color. It is...
New Mexico Utilities Report Strong Energy Savings in 2019
May 22, 2020
Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM), the state’s largest electric utility, reports it achieved over 78 gigawatt-hours (GWh) per year of electricity savings and 58 megawatts (MW) of peak load reduction from demand-side management (DSM) programs implemented in 2019. PNM’s programs provided $20 million in net economic benefits, with an overall benefit-cost ratio of 1.93. In addition, PNM estimates that energy efficiency measures installed...
Energy Impact Offset Fund Energy Assessment Summary Report
May 15, 2020
Between July 2019 and February 2020, Energy & Resources Solutions (ERS) conducted on-site energy assessments on 14 cannabis cultivation facilities operating in un-incorporated Boulder County (11 indoor and 3 greenhouses). By pairing these assessments with utility consumption data and modeling analysis, ERS was able to provide each participating cultivator with a highly individualized report and recommendations for managing energy in a manner that reduces...
APS, Arizona Corporation Commission Fail to Protect Vulnerable Ratepayers
May 6, 2020
Arizona PIRG Education Fund and Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) said a vote last night by the Arizona Corporation Commission, the state’s utility regulators, failed to provide the short-term relief many ratepayers need now and the long-term relief many ratepayers will need for months to come. Arizona Public Service proposed taking ratepayer money designated for energy efficiency programs to provide emergency relief for “customers...
Summit County Colorado Moves Toward its Path to Zero
April 27, 2020
The town of Frisco, CO and Summit County, CO have adopted the local building industry and High Country Conservation Center (HCCC) developed Summit County Sustainable Building Code. This code becomes part of the earlier adoption of the 2018 building codes. SWEEP participated in the process with HCCC during 2018 and 2019. Breckenridge and other municipalities in the county are planning to follow with their adoptions in 2020. Additions to the codes include...
Xcel Energy Achieves Record Energy Savings in 2019
April 15, 2020
Xcel Energy reports it achieved over 504 gigawatt-hours (GWh) per year of electricity savings and 132 megawatts (MW) of peak load reduction at the generator level from demand-side management (DSM) programs implemented in Colorado in 2019. These were the highest levels of energy savings and peak load reduction since Xcel Energy began implementing comprehensive DSM programs in 2009. The electricity savings surpassed the energy savings goal established by the...
New Building Energy Code to Include Electrification Readiness, EV Infrastructure While Cutting Energy Use
April 10, 2020
The International Code Council (ICC) certified the results this week of the online governmental consensus voting for the upcoming 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). The consensus voting took place in December 2019. The code will be finalized within 30 days, and its anticipated no changes will occur to the certified results.  Although opponents have already attempted to invalidate the votes since January 2020. The new 2021 IECC will...
Nevada Clean Car Advocates Respond to Federal Rollback of Auto Efficiency Standards
April 1, 2020
[CARSON CITY, NV] -- The Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today finalized a rule to weaken rules which require auto manufacturers to produce cleaner, more efficient vehicles. The original rules, established in 2010, were designed to double fuel economy and to cut global warming pollution in half for cars sold in 2025. The weaker standards could result in more than 1.5 billion additional metric tons of global...
NM Clean Car Advocates Respond to Federal Rollback of Auto Efficiency Standards
April 1, 2020
[ALBUQUERQUE, NM] -- The Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today finalized action to weaken requirements for auto manufacturers to produce cleaner, more efficient vehicles. The original rules, established in 2010, were designed to double fuel economy and to cut global warming pollution in half for cars sold in 2025. The weaker standards could result in more than 1.5 billion additional metric tons of global...