Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Program

In 2004, Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) and Xcel Energy began discussing the adverse impact of rising energy costs on nonprofit facilities that provide services to low-income individuals and families. As a result of many discussions, the Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Project was created and EOC began delivering the program. By targeting dollars toward energy efficiency upgrades in nonprofit organizations, the burden of energy costs can be reduced and more dollars allocated toward direct service. In 2006 and 2007, 40 nonprofit agencies attended educational workshops and 10 individual sites were weatherized. 

Support from the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships

When Xcel Energy and the City of Denver renegotiated its franchise agreement, the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships and Denver Human Services received funding to provide energy efficiency services to low-income individuals and nonprofits in the City and County of Denver. With the support of DOSP, Energy Outreach Colorado received $1,086,000 in 2007 and 2008 and completed more than 30 energy audits and 22 energy efficiency upgrades with the following results more than $137,000 in energy savings per year with full payback occurring in less than eight years. In 2009, EOC received a contract for $550,000 and completed 20 energy audits of nonprofit facilities, provided upgrades to 10 facilities, with an average savings of $50,000 for organizations served, 200,000 kWh saved, and 50,000 terms of natural gas saved.

 Outcome Measures  2010  Since inception
 # of organizations served      12  38
 # of facilities upgraded  33  71
 DOSP funds invested  $414,838      $1,732,486
 Dollars leveraged  $740,735  $952,859
 Kwh saved  497,180  1,423,219
 Therms saved  68,973  225,115
 Annual savings  $103,229  $323,743
 CO2 saved  1,646,099  5,041,410

Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Program in 2011:

DOSP continues to support NEEP in 2011 with a $1.5 million grant through Xcel Energy Franchise funds to Energy Outreach Colorado.  This will support energy audits on 40 nonprofit facilities, weatherization upgrades to 30 nonprofit facitities, and result in energy savings of 700,000 Kwh and 125,000 therms and a financial savings of $170,000 per year.

Decisions regarding nonprofits selected to participate in the program are made by Energy Outreach Colorado.  For more information about NEEP or to apply, please visit Energy Outreach Colorado's website at or contact Heather Gullen at or 303.825.8750 x 225.

About EOC

Since 1989, Energy Outreach Colorado has been dedicated to helping Colorado’s neediest families meet their home energy needs. They are the only nonprofit organization in the state that raises money through donations and foundation grants to help families in need pay energy bills and avoid shut offs. They also lead the state in pursuing affordable energy policies and advocating for energy efficiency measures in affordable housing.


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