Energy Efficient Colorado

ENERGY EFFICIENCY MAKES A DIFFERENCE—Since Colorado's landmark energy efficiency law passed in 2007, for-profit utilities like Xcel Energy have reduced electricity use by more than 1.6 billion kWh per year. That's equivalent to the electricty use of 210,000 typical homes.

SAVING COLORADO ENERGY AND MONEY

In 2007, Colorado passed a law requiring Xcel Energy and other for-profit utilities to launch robust energy savings programs that reduce energy waste. Specific annual goals were set by the PUC in 2008. Since then, the energy savings programs implemented will provide $924 million in net economic benefits and avoid a million tons of air pollution.

Despite this success, in 2014 Xcel Energy, the state’s largest utility with 1.4 million customers, asked the PUC to lower their goals by 28% from their 2014 level. In May, 2014, the PUC rejected this energy savings rollback and directed Xcel to maintain their current energy savings level through 2020. In addition, the PUC directed Xcel to develop plans for additional savings.

It’s time for the rest of the state’s utilities to provide the same kinds of energy savings for their customers. So CoPIRG Foundation is working to push every utility in Colorado to do everything they can to reduce energy waste.

Issue updates

News Release | CoPIRG Foundation | Safe Energy

6,100 Coloradans Tell PUC: Don’t Let Xcel Roll Back Energy Savings

A coalition of groups including the CoPIRG Foundation and Environment Colorado delivered over 6,000 petitions and dozens of letters from elected officials to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), calling on them to reject a proposal by Xcel Energy to scale back their energy savings programs. At stake is $600 million in savings for Xcel’s approximately 1.4 million customers.

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Report | CoPIRG Foundation | Safe Energy

Compilation of SelfEEs

To show the widespread support for energy efficiency programs in Colorado, Coloradans particpated in CoPIRG, Environment Colorado and the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project's SelfEE campaign.

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Report | CoPIRG | Safe Energy

Factsheet: Xcel's Goals, Actuals and Future Recommendations

View a chart of Xcel's energy saving goals and actuals for the last five years and their proposal and SWEEP's recommendations for the next five years.

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Report | CoPIRG | Safe Energy

Infographic: Energy Savings and Why Xcel Should Do More

Check out this simple infographic to learn more about the benefits of energy efficiency in Colorado, the impacts of the state's largest utility, Xcel Energy's, programs and why Xcel should continue to do more.

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Report | CoPIRG | Safe Energy

Utility Energy Efficiency Program Savings Analysis

An analysis of the impact of House Bill 1037 on Colorado energy savings by our coalition partner the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP). Includes calculations for energy saved, net economic impact, pollution reduced and jobs created.

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News Release | CoPIRG Foundation | Safe Energy

Flood Victims Can Slash Energy Bills with Smart Rebuilding

Coloradans rebuilding from the recent floods can reduce annual energy bills by up to 55%, with smart energy saving investments according to a new report by the consumer group the CoPIRG Foundation. In the report, Rebuilding for an Energy Efficient Future, the CoPIRG Foundation provides flood victims with tips on some of the most common energy saving strategies and highlights utility programs that will help reduce the cost of rebuilding efficiently.

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News Release | CoPIRG Foundation | Safe Energy

Landmark Policy Reduced Energy Use by Equivalent of 100,000 Homes

On the 5 year anniversary of the passage of Colorado’s landmark energy efficiency policy, CoPIRG Foundation joined other energy efficiency advocates to celebrate the result - 800 million KWh in savings for Colorado individuals and businesses, equivalent to 100,000 typical homes.

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News Release | CoPIRG Foundation | Safe Energy

Thousands are Missing Out on Energy Cost Savings

Thousands of Coloradans are missing out on important energy costs savings program simply because of the side of the street they live on according to a new report released today by CoPIRG

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News Release | CoPIRG Foundation | Safe Energy

Energy Service Corps Completes First Year

Energy Service Corps’ mission is simple – help Coloradans save energy, save money and save the environment while training the next generation of civic leaders.  Our goal is to give every student, from kindergarten to college, within a 50 mile radius of our chapters, the tools and knowledge to reduce their energy use and help teach adults to do the same.

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News Release | CoPIRG Foundation | Safe Energy

New Report Identifies Energy Policies that Save Consumers Money

Winter is almost here and that means two things: great skiing and high energy bills.  So the CoPIRG released a new report that highlights policies that state leaders can implement to reduce statewide energy consumption and keep money in Coloradans pockets.

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Report | CoPIRG Foundation | Safe Energy

The Other Side of the Street, Energy Cost Savings

However, thousands of Coloradans miss out on energy cost saving programs simply because of the side of the street that they live on.  To help homeowners and businesses with their bills, all electric utilities in Colorado should offer comprehensive energy efficiency programs by setting a target to reduce consumer energy demand by 10% by 2020.

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Report | CoPIRG Foundation | Safe Energy

Smart Savings

There are many practical ways to use energy more efficiently to save Coloradans money and protect public health.  Our report looks at 10 different policies.

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Blog Post

The cheapest, cleanest energy is the energy we don’t use in the first place. Whether you care about improving air quality, fending off the worst impacts of global warming, or simply saving money, energy efficiency and conservation are critical.

News Release

Two small explosions last night at a Texas chemical facility highlight that comprehensive emergency regulations need to be enforced more strictly at chemical plants.

News Release | CoPIRG Foundation

On Wednesday, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission rejected Xcel Energy’s proposal to cut their energy savings programs by nearly a third from their 2014 level. The PUC also tightened up the rules around bonuses that Xcel can generate from meeting their goals and directed Xcel Energy to develop plans for new energy saving opportunities.

Media Hit

There is no question Xcel Energy's efficiency savings program has been a success since 2009, saving customers nearly 1.6 billion kilowatt-hours a year.

Media Hit

"Not using a kilowatt of energy is the cheapest energy there is," said Danny Katz, the director of the Colorado Public Interest Research Group (CoPIRG), an environmental advocacy group. "We think there's more to be done."

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