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Colorado Avalanche scores an assist on energy bills

Public News Service | by Eric Galatas The Colorado Avalanche has teamed up with Xcel Energy to generate funds to help people struggling to pay their energy bills this winter. Every time the home team gets an assist, Xcel Energy will donate $1,000 to Energy Outreach Colorado. Denise Stepto, chief communications officer with Energy Outreach Colorado, the …

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2023 Partners in Philanthropy winner: Energy Outreach Colorado

Energy Outreach Colorado is a winner in the DBJ’s 2023 Partners in Philanthropy awards program. By Denver Business Journal Staff, Denver Business Journal Dec 8, 2023 Energy Outreach Colorado Top local executive: Jennifer Gremmert, CEO & Executive Director Founded: 1989 No. of Denver-metro employees: 50 Phone: 303-875-8750 Website: energyoutreach.org Mission statement: EOC leads a network of industry, state and local partners to …

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For Coloradans Facing Energy Insecurity, Affordable Programs Can Mean Keeping the Lights On

National Philanthropic Trust | Aly Semigran Flipping on a light switch. Taking a hot shower in the morning to start your day. Cooking a meal on the stove for your family. It’s hard to imagine these daily necessities as unaffordable luxuries, but for 1 in 4 Coloradans facing energy insecurity, these basic human needs can be just …

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Solar Success: How the IRA Will Help Community Solar Gardens Power Affordable Housing

Enterprise Community Blog | Vesna Jaksic Lowe In California, solar panels have sprouted from the terracotta rooftops of senior apartments. In the District of Columbia, a reservoir-based community solar project will provide free energy to more than 500 households. And in Minnesota, a community solar garden atop a high school will supply clean power to the building and its neighbors, …

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Energy Outreach Colorado receives funding support from Namaste Solar campaign

Energy Outreach Colorado received significant proceeds raised by Namaste Solar’s Keep the Lights on Colorado campaign. The annual October effort brought together 14 corporate sponsors and 66 individual donors raising $50,000 to provide 116 vulnerable families with energy cost saving community solar subscriptions. This is the fourth year that Namaste Solar has organized the month-long …

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Energy Outreach Colorado receives Green Hope Award from Mercy Housing Mountain Plains

Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) has received the 2023 Green Hope Award from Mercy Housing Mountain Plains (MHMP). Max Kaye, Multifamily Senior Program Manager, accepted the award on behalf of EOC at last night’s Power of Home event hosted by MHMP. EOC has worked on 12 properties as part of the Green Hope program and continues …

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CO Targets Apartment, Commercial, Industrial Building Climate Pollution

Public News Service | Eric Galatas Colorado wants to reduce climate pollution from apartments and commercial buildings 50,000 square feet and larger, but there is growing concern retrofitting buildings could exacerbate the state’s affordable housing crisis if costs are passed along to tenants. Jennifer Gremmert, president and CEO of Energy Outreach Colorado, said as climate …

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Energy Outreach Colorado annual golf tournament exceeds expectations

Yesterday, Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) hosted their annual golf tournament at the Sanctuary Golf Course and exceeded fundraising expectations by raising a record $271,330. This critical support will help many Coloradans afford their rising home energy costs this coming winter. This is the 20th year that EOC has hosted a golf fundraiser – the only …

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Energy Outreach Colorado receives exceptional 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for 22nd consecutive year

Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) received a score of 97%, earning a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for the 22nd consecutive year for demonstrating strong financial health and a commitment to accountability and transparency. EOC’s exceptional score is calculated from multiple beacon scores, weighted as follows: 80% Accountability & Finance, 10% Leadership & Adaptability, 10% Culture …

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Utility Costs Are Rising: How To Pay Your Bills As Heat Wave Surges and Relief Agencies Struggle To Meet Demand

AOL.com | Dawn Allcot Electric bills could surge by 12% this summer, according to estimates from the National Energy Assistance Directors Association (NEADA). By the end of August bills could reach a monthly average of $578, up from $517 last year. In the West and South Central U.S., including Texas, bills could be up to $706 from …

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A winter of brutal energy bills has left Xcel Energy customers deep in debt

Colorado Public Radio | Sam Brasch  For most Coloradans, springtime has brought much-needed relief from high energy bills.  That’s after households watched their gas and power costs spike over the winter due to frigid temperatures and high natural gas prices. In some cases, monthly bills doubled or tripled compared to a year earlier. Warmer weather and lower …

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Ratepayers, Activists Decry Xcel Energy Bill Surges at CO Capitol, Lawmakers Promise to Take Action

Colorado Times Recorder | Sean Price  Environmental groups and Colorado residents gathered outside the state Capitol Wednesday to decry the burden of skyrocketing energy bills and ask state lawmakers to take action. At the rally, two lawmakers promised to introduce a bill aiming to address the rally attendees’ concerns. In December, energy bills spiked in Colorado due to record-cold …

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Generating Equity

Spotlight: Denver Business Leaders | Forbes & Fortune EOC shines a light on the home energy needs of vulnerable households across Colorado During the harsh winter months of 2022-2023, approximately 16,000 Coloradans were calling a state helpline every week for assistance in paying their heating bills. “Energy costs were shocking,” says Jennifer Gremmert, executive director …

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EOC receives generous financial support to assist with high energy bill payments

Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) is pleased to announce that it has received $1,010,000.00 from a coalition of energy industry partners to support the impact of recent critically high energy costs on vulnerable households. This commitment comes at a time of unprecedented need and will help EOC provide bill payment assistance to more families. Coalition partners …

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Help Available for Higher-than-Usual Utility Bills

Public News Service | Eric Galatas As Coloradans continue to experience sticker shock each time they open their utility bill, the volume of calls to Energy Outreach Colorado’s helpline has been off the charts, topping 1,600 calls per week. Michel Infante, energy assistance project manager for Energy Outreach Colorado, said they are processing more than …

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Electrification of affordable housing is a win-win

Colorado Real Estate Journal | Luke Ilderton Electrification is the replacement of equipment powered by fossil fuels to cook, create heat and produce hot water with equipment that uses electricity. It’s also known as beneficial electrification or building decarbonization, where high-efficiency electric heating and hot water equipment is the priority over less-efficient and expensive-to-operate all-electric …

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What does Denver’s new building code mean for building residents, owners?

Denver Gazette | Alex Edwards Despite a major push by foes of fossil-fired energy, Denver’s city council ultimately decided against requiring residents to electrify their homes under the newly adopted 2022 building, fire and green code. Instead, the code changes — the first of three planned updates staggered through 2027 — will apply to commercial and multifamily buildings larger …

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Rising Utility Bills Unsustainable for Many Colorado Households

Public News Service | Eric Galatas Experts are warning Colorado households utility bills currently making their way to mailboxes are likely to be even higher than the supersized bills people received for November’s energy use. Denise Stepto, chief communications officer for Energy Outreach Colorado, said as energy prices have remained stubbornly high, December brought an …

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Namaste Solar and the community donate community solar subscriptions to 400 low-income families

EIN Presswire | Dave Rizzotto, Namaste Solar BOULDER, CO – December 1, 2022 Solar energy will help power the homes of 400 CO families this coming year that are unable to keep up with utility payments because of the $100,000 raised. Solar energy will help power the homes of 400 Colorado families this coming year …

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Connecting CO Health Outcomes to Climate Solutions, Lower Utility Bills

Public News Service | Eric Galatas A successful program that helps low-income households weatherize homes and lower energy bills is setting its sights on improving the health outcomes of children and older Coloradans at risk of indoor and outdoor air pollution. Ashley Feiertag, director of residential programs for Energy Outreach Colorado, spearheaded its Healthy Homes …

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What Makes A Nonprofit Stand Out? Its Leader Sets The Right Tone

Investor’s Business Daily | Morey Stettner Jennifer Gremmert sought to convince a roomful of utility executives to approve subsidies for low-income consumers in 1996. It didn’t go well. They rejected her argument. “How dare you ask me for this money,” one of them said. “People should pay their energy bill themselves.” “It was shocking to me,” …

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Staying warm: What does an unheated room do to your body?

Mention deadly cold and I think of polar explorers with icicles dangling from their beards and mountaineers tackling the heights of Everest; of fingers turning black with frostbite and the chilling clutch of hypothermia.

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New solar gardens going up around Denver

Not the kind of garden you might be thinking of, but the kind of garden where you can harvest energy and donate it to low-income families.

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Community Solar Gardens

Community Solar Gardens provide a way for households who traditionally could not access solar generation a way to benefit financially from solar power and reduce carbon emissions.

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