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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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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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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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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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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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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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City and County of Denver Partners, BlocPower and Energy Outreach Colorado, Collaborate to Implement a New Healthy Homes Program

Press Release | Denver’s Office of Climate Action, Sustainability and Resiliency, BlocPower BlocPower, Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) and the City and County of Denver’s Office of Climate Action, Sustainability and Resiliency (CASR) have agreed to a three-year partnership as part of the Healthy Homes Program to expand equitable building electrification efforts in the City and County of Denver. BlocPower …

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Inflation Reduction Act Good First Step for Low-income Energy Needs

President Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act has been billed as the most significant legislation in U.S. history to tackle the climate crisis, strengthen American energy security, and lower utility bills, and some American households stand to benefit more than others.

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Understanding Energy Insecurity

Widespread energy insecurity is across the country, the full-scale impacts of it and who faces that burden are still misunderstood.

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December natural gas bills will jump 54% as Xcel passes a stack of price hikes on to Colorado customers

The Colorado Sun | Article Written by Mark Jaffe   The rate increase “is more than concerning, it is frightening,” state consumer advocate says   Come this Christmas, Xcel Energy gas customers will get an unwelcome present from the utility — an approximately 54% increase in their monthly bills compared to Christmas past. The hike …

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Past Due Energy Bills

One in four Colorado households have past due energy bills. Who is facing energy insecurity and what protections are available to help.

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EOC receives Environmental Justice Solar Outreach award

Selected by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Solar Energy Technologies Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) has announced that it received an Inclusive Solar Outreach award from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) in recognition of an effective communications campaign that reached underrepresented audiences about solar energy adoption. This project connected energy-burdened …

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