Press Coverage

September 2022

August 2022

  • The Alliance to Transform Transportation
    CoPIRG Foundation - August 31, 2022
    CoPIRG launched the Alliance to Transform Transportation with a coalition of partners.
  • AZ may receive $76.5M for EV charging access
    Arizona Capitol Times - August 26, 2022
    Arizona is on track to receive $76.5 million from the federal government to improve accessibility to electric vehicle charging stations.
  • Colorado’s top transit experts talk about I-25 and your drive
    The Colorado Sun - August 25, 2022
    The Colorado Sun's environmental reporter Michael Booth discussed with transportation experts about I-25 and what they would like to see done over the next five years.
  • Utah’s Uniform Building Code Commission votes in favor of updated building standards
    Informed Infrastructure - August 24, 2022
    On August 10, Utah’s Uniform Building Code Commission, an advisory body to the Utah Legislature, held a public hearing to consider public comment on its proposed amendments and updates to the 2021 building codes for Utah, including the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Building codes set the minimum requirements for new buildings or major building remodels and the IECC specifically addresses the level of energy efficiency in new homes and commercial buildings. Any changes to building and energy codes have ripple effects on Utah homeowners, businesses, and builders, as well as Utah’s economy and environment.
  • What to make of Crested Butte’s ban of natural gas
    Arvada Press - August 23, 2022
    Crested Butte, a one-time coal mining town, has now turned its back on natural gas. Town councilors unanimously agreed that any new building erected on the 60 vacant lots cannot be served by gas. Major remodels must be electric-ready.
  • ACC Tells TEP to Reinvest Excess DSM Funds in Energy-Efficiency Programs
    California Energy Markets - August 19, 2022
    Arizona energy regulators voted to approve an application from Tucson Electric Power regarding an overcollection of demand-side management funds, but with an amendment that will result in energy-efficiency measures rather than the customer rebates the utility originally sought.
  • A small mountain town takes a big step
    Ark Valley Voice - August 18, 2022
    Crested Butte, a one-time coal mining town, has now turned its back on natural gas. Town councilors unanimously agreed that any new building erected on the 60 vacant lots cannot be served by gas. Major remodels must be electric-ready.
  • Big Pivots: What to make of Crested Butte’s ban of natural gas?
    The Aspen TImes - August 17, 2022
    Crested Butte, a one-time coal mining town, has now turned its back on natural gas. Town councilors unanimously agreed that any new building erected on the 60 vacant lots cannot be served by gas. Major remodels must be electric-ready.
  • Tucson Electric Power's energy efficiency programs get $12M boost
    Marietta Daily Journal - August 17, 2022
    Tucson Electric Power customers will see renewed opportunities for energy savings after state regulators ordered the utility to redouble efforts to spend more than $12 million in unspent funds on energy-efficiency rebates and related programs.
  • Metro Denver set to drop I-25 and C-470 expansions as planners shape climate-minded transportation future
    Colorado Public Radio - August 15, 2022
    After decades of pouring billions of dollars into a transportation system that favors moving vehicles quickly above all else, the Denver region could see a significant funding shift away from road expansions and toward public transit, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure.
  • Gas producers should electrify upstream processes – SWEEP
    Energy Monitor - August 10, 2022
    Gas producers could vastly reduce their upstream carbon and methane emissions by switching to electric compressor drives and grid-powered pneumatic pumps and controllers, finds non-profit SWEEP.
  • Colorado is investing to make EV ownership easier
    The Daily Sentinel - August 9, 2022
    Colorado is planning to invest $57 million in electric vehicle charging infrastructure thanks to the federal Infrastructure Bill. That investment will help connect Grand Junction to other parts of the state by adding more chargers along crucial highway corridors, including I-70 and US-550 — making it more practical to drive electric.
  • Colorado Democrats, environmental groups cheer Senate passage of ‘historic’ climate bill
    Colorado Newsline - August 8, 2022
    The Senate’s weekend passage of a $369 billion package of spending to fight climate change is drawing cheers from environmental advocates and calls for the bill’s swift adoption in the House of Representatives.

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April 2022

  • This fossil-free technology heats homes in frigid Fraser
    Colorado Newsline - April 28, 2022
    Several bills working their way through the Colorado Legislature this spring would nudge Coloradans toward low- and no-carbon technologies. All cost more up front, but save money, sometimes lots of it, over time, while reducing or eliminating emissions.
  • Fossil-free technology that heats homes in frigid Fraser
    The Aspen Times - April 28, 2022
    Colorado needs many more air-source heat pumps — and fewer carbon emissions from buildings — to meet its mid-century decarbonization target goals of 90%.
  • Fossil-free technology that heats homes in frigid Fraser
    Vail Daily - April 28, 2022
    Colorado needs many more air-source heat pumps — and fewer carbon emissions from buildings — to meet its mid-century decarbonization target goals of 90%.
  • Clean cars mean cleaner air and cost savings for NM {OP-ED}
    Albuquerque Journal - April 28, 2022
    Electric vehicles (EVs) can help all New Mexicans get where they need to go without paying a lot for gasoline or diesel fuel. EVs use much less energy compared to gasoline-fueled vehicles and can be powered by locally-produced renewable electricity at stable and predictable prices rather than imported oil. Charging at home is roughly the same as fueling up on dollar-a-gallon gasoline.
  • Several bills in the state legislature aim to nudge Coloradans toward low- and zero-carbon homes
    Boulder Reporting Lab - April 27, 2022
    One of them, sponsored by Rep. Tracey Bernett, who represents parts of Louisville, would mandate statewide building codes. Others would create incentives for heat pumps, energy storage and geothermal. Only one has bipartisan sponsors.
  • Fossil-Free Technology that Heats Homes in Frigid Fraser
    Pagosa Daily Post - April 27, 2022
    Several bills working their way through the Colorado Legislature this spring would nudge Coloradans toward low- and no-carbon technologies. All cost more upfront, but save money, sometimes lots of it, over time, while reducing or eliminating emissions.
  • Fossil-free technology that heats homes in frigid Fraser
    The Ark Valley Voice - April 27, 2022
    Colorado needs many more air-source heat pumps — and fewer carbon emissions from buildings — to meet its mid-century decarbonization target goals of 90 percent.
  • Fossil-free technology that heats homes in frigid Fraser
    Sterling Journal-Advocate - April 26, 2022
    Several bills working their way through the Colorado Legislature this spring would nudge Coloradans toward low- and no-carbon technologies. All cost more upfront, but save money, sometimes lots of it, over time, while reducing or eliminating emissions.
  • Fossil-free technology that heats homes in frigid Fraser
    The Fort Morgan TImes - April 26, 2022
    Colorado needs many more air-source heat pumps — and fewer carbon emissions from buildings — to meet its mid-century decarbonization target goals of 90%.
  • Polis to speak at Net Zero Cities event in Loveland
    Loveland Reporter-Herald - April 24, 2022
    Colorado Governor Jared Polis will speak at Net Zero Cities, a BizWest event that will address various aspects of climate change.
  • Polis to speak at Net Zero Cities event in Loveland
    Greeley Tribune - April 23, 2022
    Polis will discuss the state’s plans to become 100% powered by renewable energy by 2040, including costs, strategies for attainment, and reasons behind the effort.
  • United Power's Attempt to Leave Tri-State 'Invalidated' by FERC Decision
    California Energy Markets - April 22, 2022
    A decision by federal energy regulators invalidated the efforts of a Colorado generation and transmission cooperative's largest member to withdraw and will allow Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association to plan for member departures with greater certainty.
  • The Future of Clean/Electric Vehicles Statewide {RADIO INTERVIEW}
    KRWG Public Media - April 22, 2022
    On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Southwest Energy Efficiency Project New Mexico Representative, Tammy Fiebelkorn, she is also Albuquerque City Councilor for District 7, about the future of clean cars statewide.
  • EVs are coming to Colorado. This bill would require charging stations at new large buildings.
    Colorado Newsline - April 20, 2022
    The Colorado House advanced a policy to require electric vehicle charging equipment at large residential and commercial buildings.
  • Bill to require electric vehicle charging for new, large residential, commercial buildings advances in House
    Real Vail - April 20, 2022
    Over protests from Republicans, the Colorado House advanced a policy to require electric vehicle charging equipment at large residential and commercial buildings.
  • Electrifying Your Home: Toward A Carbon-Free Footprint
    Climate Action Homes podcast - April 18, 2022
    SWEEP's Christine Brinker is interviewed on the Climate Action Homes podcast.
  • Options to Improve Transportation Choices for Earth Day
    The Denver North Star - April 15, 2022
    Sloan’s Lake resident and SWEEP Transportation Program Director Travis Madsen and his family recently sold their second car and replaced it with an e-bike.
  • With air quality worsening, Colorado’s top environmental officials seek millions more to fight pollution
    The Denver Post - April 10, 2022
    With the threat of missing another benchmark for improving air quality hovering like a blanket of summer smog, Colorado’s top environmental officials are asking the legislature for $47 million to hire more people and build better technology for monitoring unhealthy air, especially along the northern Front Range.
  • Federal agency extends emergency protections to rare Nevada toad
    The Nevada Independent - April 7, 2022
    The small, speckled black-eyed toad relies on a 760-acre groundwater-dependent habitat that includes wetlands and hot springs in Dixie Meadows, located in Churchill County near Fallon.
  • Results are in on Utah residential energy code study
    Building Safety Journal - April 6, 2022
    Utah’s Residential Energy Code Field Study shows a big opportunity for cost savings and emissions reductions
  • 3 new laws will impact the greening of Colorado real estate
    Colorado Real Estate Journal - April 6, 2022
    The Colorado State General Assembly’s 2021 session passed three laws impacting the greening of Colorado real estate – Electric Utility Promote Beneficial Electrification Act (SB21-246), Adopt Programs Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Utilities Act (2B21-264), and the Public Utilities Commission Encourage Renewable Energy Generation Act (SB21- 261), all of which aim to help achieve Colorado’s greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.
  • Boulder-area cities seek consistency in energy codes
    Boulder Daily Camera - April 3, 2022
    For municipalities that want to become more sustainable and energy efficient, building and energy codes are one of their most effective tools. Buildings, especially commercial and industrial ones, are huge producers of greenhouse gasses. In Boulder, commercial and industrial buildings are responsible for 53% of the city’s total greenhouse gas emissions. By adopting more-stringent building codes, cities and towns can mandate how sustainable new buildings must be.
  • Boulder-area cities seek consistency in energy codes
    Longmont Times-Call - April 3, 2022
    The drive for more consistent codes is something builders want.
  • Governor Polis, Legislative and Community Leaders propose Transformative Clean Air Legislation
    Ark Valley Voice - April 1, 2022
    On March 31, Governor Jared Polis joined legislative leadership, bill sponsors, and community leaders to unveil comprehensive legislation to preserve and protect Colorado’s air quality, and ensure Coloradans are healthy, safe, and can thrive. Just last summer, as wildfires engulfed the west, Colorado had the worst air quality in the world, reminding Front Range communities of the ‘brown cloud’ of pollution that had enveloped the metro area decades earlier.
  • E-bikes, electric school buses eyed in air-quality proposals ahead of 2022 ozone season
    Colorado Newsline - April 1, 2022
    One year after Colorado’s long-running battle with air pollution took another turn for the worse, Gov. Jared Polis joined Democratic lawmakers at the Capitol on March 31 to tout a package of new funding aimed at averting another smog-filled summer in 2022 and beyond.

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