Press Coverage

February 2021

  • Going back to the drawing board on Northwest Rail, RTD also faces other incomplete projects from 2004 FasTracks plan
    The Longmont Leader - February 27, 2021
    SWEEP Transportation Director Travis Madsen told Colorado Public Radio that FasTracks to Longmont is not cost effective. “We have an opportunity to get a lot more folks riding the transit system, getting cars off the road, reducing air pollution and generally making quality of life in our region better by focusing our investments on the projects that are going to give us the biggest bang for the buck,” Madsen told CPR.
  • Environmentalists Pushing For Rules To Make Apartments More EV-Ready
    Nevada Public Radio - February 25, 2021
    Matt Frommer, a senior transportation associate with Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, said property owners should be preparing now for the move to EVs. He told State of Nevada that new apartments can “future proof” their complexes by installing the higher-capacity electrical equipment that EV chargers require.
  • High Country Conservation Center prepares electric vehicle readiness plan
    Summit Daily - February 22, 2021
    Summit County is preparing to accommodate an increasing number of electric vehicles as more residents, visitors, and public transportation agencies make the transition. As the county plans to expand its public charging network, the High Country Conservation Center is preparing a community EV Readiness Plan in collaboration with local municipalities and other stakeholders.
  • Colorado’s attempts to pay for transportation improvements fall far short of other states
    The Denver Post - February 21, 2021
    When it comes to transportation, the Colorado’s rare combination of tricky tax policy, stagnant revenue sources, regional rivalries, and standoff-prone politics has proved difficult to navigate, keeping Colorado from fixing its crumbling transportation system in a sustainable way.
  • No flame, no pain … local governments need to make electrification a priority
    Vail Daily - February 18, 2021
    If you heat a new building with gas, it will emit CO2 and methane for the next 50 years. Heat and cool it with electricity, however, and that structure’s carbon footprint declines every year as the grid adds more and more renewable power. No flame, no pain.
  • Increased electric vehicle fees short-sighted approach that penalizes vehicle owners and hurts air quality
    UtahPolicy.com - February 18, 2021
    SWEEP's Matt Frommer and Kevin Emerson detail the Utah Legislature’s proposal in House Bill 209 that would drastically increase annual fees on electric vehicles (EVs), plug-in hybrid, and hybrid vehicles. EVs have zero tailpipe emissions, making them a key solution to Utah’s climate and air quality challenges. Increasing fees for zero-emission vehicles to $300 per year – more than double what the average new gas-powered vehicle pays each year in gas taxes – is the wrong approach to solve Utah’s road funding challenges.
  • After Polis’ Arm Twist, RTD Looks To Restart Boulder Rail Project
    Colorado Public Radio - February 10, 2021
    Westminster Station opened in 2016 and now serves the B Line commuter rail train, but so far it's as close as the train has come to Boulder. Colorado Governor Jared Polis says RTD must follow through on its promise to build a rail line from Denver to Boulder and Longmont in spite of its budget issues.
  • Las Cruces City Council Reviews Options To Decrease Emissions
    KRWG Public Media - February 8, 2021
    In 2020, the city of Las Cruces, New Mexico adopted a Climate Action Plan, pledging a 19% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Now, at SWEEP's urging, the Las Cruces City Council is taking steps to guarantee the goal is met.
  • Bill would help indebted utility customers
    Energy Central - February 8, 2021
    Three Democratic representatives in New Mexico introduced House Bill 206 on January 27 to wipe away up to 50% of debt owed by low-income utility customers.
  • Arizona Bills Threaten ‘Showdown’ Over 100% Clean Energy Rules
    Greentech Media - February 8, 2021
    A spate of bills making their way through the Republican-controlled Arizona legislature — some on a fast track — could undercut the 100 percent clean energy targets the state’s utility regulators are soon expected to finalize.
  • Bill would help indebted utility customers
    Albuquerque Journal - February 7, 2021
    Three Democratic representatives in New Mexico introduced House Bill 206 on January 27 to wipe away up to 50% of debt owed by low-income utility customers. Tens of thousands of New Mexico families are struggling to pay their utility bills during the pandemic, prompting some lawmakers to propose special assistance to help pay their debts.
  • Electric Vehicles Can Save Nevada $20 Billion
    Techregister - February 6, 2021
    Nevadans can save more than $14 billion through 2050 by moving from gas-powered cars to electric vehicles (EVs), according to a report released today. EVs can also reduce air pollution, providing an additional $3 billion in benefits for public health and the climate, and EVs can help make the electricity system more efficient, reducing utility customer bills by more than $3 billion. Altogether, the report identifies $20 billion in benefits.
  • Report Finds COVID-19 Leads to Consumption Decline in Michigan's Electric Choice Program
    Transmission & Distribution World - February 5, 2021
    Electricity consumption by customers enrolled in Michigan's electric choice program declined by 58 MW in 2020, reflecting decreased electricity use by commercial and industrial customers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Michigan Public Service Commission's annual Status of Electric Competition report.
  • APS to Develop Tariff Allowing for Aggregation of Distributed Demand-side Resources
    Transmission & Distribution World - February 4, 2021
    The Arizona Corporation Commission in December 2020 adopted a proposal from Chairwoman Lea Márquez Peterson to direct the state’s largest investor-owned electric utility, Arizona Public Service Company (APS), to develop a tariff that will allow for the aggregation of distributed demand-side resources, such as smart thermostats, connected hot water heaters, and energy storage systems.
  • Study evaluates the electric vehicle use needed to meet Greenhouse Gas emission goals in Nevada
    Sierra Nevada Ally - February 4, 2021
    To better understand the level of electric vehicle adoption needed for Nevada to meet CO2 emissions goals, the Natural Resources Defense Council, SWEEP, and Western Resource Advocates commissioned a study from MJ Bradley & Associates that concludes Nevada could realize $21 billion in avoided expenditures on gasoline and maintenance, reduced utility bills, and environmental benefits by 2050 by driving electric vehicles.
  • Arizona adopts utility tariff for demand-side resources, including smart technology
    DailyEnergyInsider - February 2, 2021
    The Arizona Corporation Commission approved a proposal to direct Arizona Public Service Company to create a tariff for distributed demand-side resources, such as smart thermostats, connected hot water heaters, and energy storage systems.
  • Modernizing our transportation system
    Colorado Politics - February 1, 2021
    The way we currently get around wastes energy and money. Out of the $8 billion we spend on gasoline and diesel every year, $6 billion is literally going up in smoke, because combustion engines are so inefficient. SWEEP's Travis Madsen explains in this op-ed.

January 2021

  • Why efficiency has become a big part of energy in Colorado during 21st century
    Mountain Town News - January 20, 2021
    Two decades after he moved to Colorado and founded SWEEP, Howard Geller is moving on into the world of consulting, leaving his office and position as Executive Director to Elise Jones, who will simultaneously end her second of two terms as a commissioner in Boulder County. “Twenty years is about the right amount of time,” he said last Friday.
  • Colorado Leaders Cheer Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Roadmap
    WesternSlopeNow - January 14, 2021
    Colorado Governor Jared Polis and the Colorado Energy Office released the state's new Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Roadmap. It identifies how we'll protect our climate, improve health, and save money through policies that will advance energy efficiency and put more electric vehicles on the road.
  • Colorado is behind on targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions. How far should the state push industry to get there?
    The Colorado Sun - January 6, 2021
    The Polis administration is set this month to complete its “roadmap” for cutting Colorado’s greenhouse gas emissions, but critics question whether the route is clear enough — and the milestones realistic enough — to get Colorado where it needs to go.
  • Elise Jones to head Southwest Energy Efficiency Project
    Boulder Daily Camera - January 5, 2021
    Elise Jones, who is concluding her final week as an elected Boulder County commissioner, will be the next executive director of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, SWEEP announced Tuesday.
  • Elise Jones to head Southwest Energy Efficiency Project
    Longmont Times-Call - January 5, 2021
    Elise Jones, who is concluding her final week as an elected Boulder County commissioner, will be the next executive director of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, SWEEP announced Tuesday.
  • Boulder County commissioner named SWEEP executive director
    BizWest - January 5, 2021
    Boulder County Commissioner Elise Jones has been hired to serve as Executive Director for the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, a public-interest organization that helps utilities, state and local governments, environmental groups, national laboratories, and businesses improve efficiency.