SWEEP’s 13th Annual Southwest Utility Energy Efficiency Workshop

November 15 and 16, 2016 - Las Vegas, NV

On November 15 and 16, 2016, regional and national energy efficiency professionals gathered in Las Vegas, Nevada to discuss the state of utility energy efficiency programs at SWEEP's 13th Annual Southwest Utility Energy Efficiency Workshop.

The workshop provides an annual forum for regional utility, regulatory, state, non-profit and industry representatives to hear about the status of utility demand-side management programs in the Southwest and learn about innovative energy efficiency programs and technologies. Participants heard about new and emerging program opportunities that can help utilities achieve even greater energy savings in the future.

The 2016 workshop featured engaging panel discussions among demand-side management specialists from nine electric and gas utilities that operate in the Southwest. In addition, national experts discussed special topics such as innovations for commercial and industrial energy efficiency programs; data analysis and utilization to improve EE programs; cost-effective approaches to low-income home retrofit; and upstream incentives for greater energy savings. (All slide presentations are available for download below.)

In his keynote address, City of Las Vegas Office of Sustainability planner Marco Velotta spoke about successful energy efficiency initiatives which led to huge energy savings in the city.

The 2016 workshop also included the presentation of SWEEP's annual "Leadership in Energy Efficiency Awards," given to individuals and organizations who demonstrate a strong commitment to advancing energy efficiency in the Southwest. The City of Las Vegas Office of Sustainability received an award for implementing energy efficiency measures which reduced the City's electric bill by 30 percent between 2008 and 2015, saving the city more than $5 million per year.  Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) and Xcel Energy each received awards for demonstrating their strong commitment to energy efficiency by significantly increasing their energy efficiency program budgets and savings in recent years. Read our press release for more info about the award winning programs.

The Workshop was co-sponsored by Arizona Public Service (APS), Black Hills Energy, El Paso Electric, PNM Resources, New Mexico Gas Company, NV Energy, Questar Gas, Rocky Mountain Power (RMP), Salt River Project (SRP), Tucson Electric Power (TEP), Southwest Gas, and Xcel Energy.

Below you will find links to workshop materials and presentations (all in PDF format).  For additional information about the workshop, please contact SWEEP at info@swenergy.org.



(Slides only)


Each investor-owned utility in the region was asked to compile data illustrating program budgets, energy savings and peak demand reduction for all 2016 energy efficiency programs and estimated data for 2017 programs.  These tables were provided as a handout to workshop participants.