Press Releases

Colorado Energy Office, Energy Outreach colorado and GRID Alternatives Colorado Collaborate to Create Milestone Low-Income Solar Access

November 21, 2016


DENVER – November 17, 2016 – The Colorado Energy Office (CEO), Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC), and GRID Alternatives Colorado today recognize the adoption of strong consumer protections and program offerings to bring equity and access of renewable energy to low-income customers served by Xcel Energy.

Last week, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved the Xcel Energy utility settlement, which establishes the most comprehensive low-income solar access in the country. The milestone agreement creates a market environment in which utilities address customers most in need without deviating from renewable energy goals; developers realize business goals while serving a new customer segment; and low-income customers receive a reduction in energy expenditures which can be utilized for other basic necessities.

“The Xcel Energy settlement is a momentous step forward for our state’s low-income energy consumers, and we’re proud to have been a part of it,” said Skip Arnold, Executive Director of Energy Outreach Colorado. “Many diverse organizations and parties came together to seek a common solution for delivering affordable
energy for Coloradans, particularly those most vulnerable.”

Golf Benefit Raises $213,000 for Colorado Affordable Energy Programs

October 14, 2016

DENVER – Supporters of affordable home energy in Colorado raised $213,000 at Energy Outreach Colorado's 12th annual golf benefit at Sanctuary Golf Course.

The Sept. 15 event was sponsored by SM Energy and presented by RE/MAX International. Other supporters included Broomhall Brothers, Meritage, Southwest Generation, McBride Lighting & Electrical Services, Elevation Lighting, Black Hills Energy, Xcel Energy, Advanced Hydronics, Group 14 Engineering, IREA, iconergy and GDS. The total amount raised from the annual event is $2.07 million.

"SM Energy is proud to be an ongoing supporter of affordable home energy in Colorado," said Jason Sands, accounting supervisor at SM Energy. "We are thrilled to be able to help members of our community with their energy needs and look forward to continuing our support of Energy Outreach in the future."

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.