News and Events

Energy Outreach Colorado Delivering $7.2 Million Worth of Heat and Help

September 29, 2016

DENVER – To help Coloradans remain warm and safe in their homes this winter, Energy Outreach Colorado this month is granting $7.2 million for statewide energy bill payment assistance.

The funding is going to 105 community organizations that are part of EOC's assistance network and will be distributed quarterly. These community organizations accept energy assistance applications, determine eligibility and approve direct payments to local utility or fuel companies to cover struggling households' overdue bills.

Energy Outreach Helping Low-income Communities

August 17, 2016

DENVER – Energy Outreach Colorado's work on behalf of low-income energy consumers includes helping other dedicated non-profits that support under-served communities.

Energy Outreach's Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Program (NEEP) offers energy efficiency grants to install upgraded equipment in buildings owned by nonprofits that serve low-income communities. Participating organizations benefit from lower energy costs so they can allocate more of their operating budget to provide services to low-income communities.

NEEP recently completed a project at the Development Disabilities Resource Center's facility in Arvada. The upgrades are expected to save $12,800 annually in energy costs from new equipment including interior and exterior lighting, appliances, a boiler and heat exchanger, insulation and low-flow water aerators. Xcel Energy and EOC helped fund the $117,000 project.

Energy Outreach Protects Against Summer Heat Risks

August 02, 2016

DENVER – Coloradans who are most vulnerable to summer's sizzling temperatures -- due to lack of mobility, illness or the inability to pay their home energy bill – are getting relief from Energy Outreach Colorado's energy bill payment assistance.

Mark M., a 53-year-old disabled diabetic from Denver, recently received help on his energy bill last a day before his home energy was to be disconnected. He no longer had to worry about the 90-day supply of insulin in his refrigerator, or whether he could afford to turn on the evaporative cooler at night so he could sleep.

"I survive on Medicare and food stamps," he said. "I've owned the same house for 27 years but it came down to keeping my truck and living in it or selling the house, so I sold my truck. I've been riding my bike for four years."

Take Energy Outreach Colorado’s Holiday Energy Challenge

June 28, 2016

DENVER – As part of your Fourth of July activities, challenge your family to "beat the heat" and save money on your energy bill. Provide them with this check list of low-cost energy saving tips and once they've completed it, celebrate with popsicles all around!

EPA Highlights Energy Outreach Colorado in Clean Energy Incentive Program

June 20, 2016

DENVER – The Environmental Protection Agency's newly-released design details of the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) highlight Energy Outreach Colorado's work to bring the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy to low-income communities.

As part of the EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan, the agency is giving states the option to adopt the CEIP to encourage early implementation of greenhouse emission reduction projects. Energy Outreach Colorado's case study describes its comprehensive programs to deliver energy assistance services to low-income energy consumers across Colorado. It is one of two case studies included as examples of a "demonstrated ability to achieve results through on-the-ground implementation," according to the CEIP.

Nonprofits Help Pueblo Grandmother Move from Homeless to Home

May 24, 2016

PUEBLO, Colo. – Homeless to Home, a new initiative created by Energy Outreach Colorado to help Coloradans without permanent housing establish their own homes, recently benefited a Pueblo senior raising two grandchildren. Mary, 64, has had a lifetime of adversity. She lost a baby, her husband died of a heart attack while their five children were still at home, and she was diagnosed with kidney failure several years ago, ending her ability to work as a certified nursing assistant. Now she's raising two of her 15 grandchildren while undergoing dialysis three times a week.

Energy Improvements Brighten Lives at Sterling Housing Community

May 18, 2016

STERLING, Colo. -- Brighter hallways, reduced hot water usage and lower energy costs – these are some of the benefits Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) is delivering to the 164 residents and owners of an affordable housing community in Sterling.

Energy Outreach Colorado Bill Assistance Available Year-Round

May 18, 2016

DENVER – Limited-income Coloradans struggling to pay home energy bills can apply to Energy Outreach Colorado for energy bill payment assistance, especially now that the federally-funded Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) has stopped accepting applications until next November.

Energy Outreach Colorado Energizing Westminster Affordable Housing

April 14, 2016

DENVER – Hundreds of residents at an affordable housing community in Westminster are enjoying lower energy costs and increased comfort and safety, thanks to a recently-completed project managed by Energy Outreach Colorado.