Energy Efficiency Programming

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Since 2007, the Denver Office of Nonprofit Engagement (D-ONE) (formerly the Denver Office of Strategic Partnership) has invested $2 million each year to nonprofits who support energy efficiency efforts benefitting low-income Denver residents and the nonprofits who serve them.

This funding comes to D-ONE as part of the city’s Franchise Agreement with Xcel Energy. D-ONE has managed the energy efficiency assistance fund since it was approved by voters and City Council in 2006. This agreement is in place through 2026. Funds are distributed to the community through annual contracts that are competitively awarded through a competitive RFP process decided by the Facilities and Energy Efficiency Advisory board, appointed by the Mayor. 

The Energy Efficiency Program consists of the Energy Impact Program and the $ave Green Be Green Conference ($GBG).


Energy Impact Program

The Energy Impact Program serves to reduce the impact of costly energy bills for organizations and individuals who experience an inequity of energy burdens. To reduce the impact, several solutions, including energy audits, upgrades, and education for both individuals and nonprofit organizations, are used. Through these efforts, D-ONE creates a culture that supports long-term sustainability, energy efficiency equity, and success of all members of our community by promoting social equity and responsible and efficient use of resources.

In 2022, D-ONE contracted with four local Denver nonprofits that specialized in providing weatherization, energy efficient installs, and other energy improvements projects to low-income residents and nonprofits. D-ONE values our contractors' contributions to the betterment of Denver residents, and therefore, D-ONE considers our contractors as partners. Our four partners are Energy Outreach Colorado, Mile High Youth Corps, Groundwork Denver, and Energy Resource Center.

Resources for Residents

Energy Outreach Colorado

Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) leads a network of industry, state and local partners to support, stabilize and sustain Coloradans to afford their energy needs.  

Energy Outreach Colorado offers several programs to assist residents with their energy needs.

Bill Payment Assistance
EOC provides bill payment assistance to households across Colorado who are behind on their energy bills and are at risk of not having home energy. Payments are made directly to a local utility or fuel company. Learn more here or call 1-866-HEAT-HELP.

Heating System Repair/Replacement
If you are without heat, EOC can help you. Through its CIP program, EOC coordinates emergency repair and/or replacement of your heating system. Learn more here or call 1-855-4-MY-HEAT (1-855-469-4328).

Free Energy Efficient Upgrades
Your home's energy efficiency is a crucial component to your overall energy costs. Improving it will lead to a lower bill and less energy consumption. EOC's CARE program can help by providing free energy efficiency upgrades. Learn more here or call (303) 226-5061.

Energy Resource Center

Energy Resource Center (ERC) is a non-profit construction company assisting income-qualified families through energy efficiency improvements. Work completed includes insulation, HVAC, hot water heaters, lighting, appliances, air sealing and more. These efforts save money on energy bills, reduce demand on natural resources by cutting energy waste, assist with the affordable housing crisis, and create a safe environment in which Colorado residents can thrive.

Free Energy Efficient Upgrades
The Energy Resource Center offers free energy efficiency evaluations and upgrades to income-qualified residents of Denver who receive LEAP, SSI, SNAP, TANF, AND, or OAP benefits. Learn more here or call (720) 236-1321.

Groundwork Denver

Groundwork Denver provides energy efficiency services, weatherization upgrades, and resident education for residential units.

Free Energy Audits
Leaky, inefficient buildings are uncomfortable and lose money, but Groundwork’s energy advisers can help. Groundwork’s certified energy advisers (through the Building Performance Institute) provide free home energy audits to Denver residents. Learn more here or email Elysa@groundworkcolorado.org.

Mile High Youth Corps

Mile High Youth Corps (MHYC) provides meaningful work through its land and energy & water conservation efforts. 

MHYC offers free energy and water services to Denver residents who qualify/receive SNAP, TANF or LEAP benefits.

Free Energy Assessments and Upgrades
Energy & Water Conservation Corpsmembers perform energy assessments (usually 30-45 minutes) which include free upgrades that reduce energy and water consumption to lower the financial burden of utility bills.  Upgrades and installation include free LED lightbulbs, high-efficiency showerheads and sink aerators, programmable thermostats, CO detectors, and ultra-high efficiency toilets (depending on location). Learn more here or call (303) 433-1206.

 

 

Resources for Organizations

Energy Outreach Colorado

Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) leads a network of industry, state and local partners to support, stabilize and sustain Coloradans to afford their energy needs.  

Energy Outreach Colorado offers two programs to assist organizations with their energy needs.

Funding Assistance for Energy Efficient Equipment
If you represent a nonprofit organization that serves low-income individuals and families, EOC can provide funding for the purchase and installation of energy efficient equipment. Learn more here or call (303) 226-5060

Weatherization Assistance for Affordable Housing
Most multi-family residences have a high potential for energy savings through the large capitol energy efficiency improvements EOC offers. Learn more here or call (303) 226-5069.

Mile High Youth Corps

Mile High Youth Corps (MHYC) provides meaningful work through its land and energy & water conservation efforts. 

MHYC offers free energy and water services to Denver nonprofits.

Free Energy Assessments and Upgrades
Energy & Water Conservation Corpsmembers perform energy assessments (usually 30-45 minutes) which include free upgrades that reduce energy and water consumption to lower the financial burden of utility bills.  Upgrades and installation include free LED lightbulbs, high-efficiency shower heads and sink aerators, programmable thermostats, CO detectors, and ultra-high efficiency toilets (depending on location). Learn more here or call (303) 433-1206.

Radian

Radian is a non-profit architecture and urban design firm that focuses on how people occupy space by introducing creative solutions to systemic barriers impeding the growth and flourishing of local communities.

The mission of Community Spaces (formerly Denver Shared Spaces) is to mitigate the involuntary displacement of community-serving organizations by promoting and providing affordable commercial space options in the Denver Metro Area. 

Matchmaking Service
Radian's matchmaking service connects community-serving organizations to existing affordable spaces in the Denver Metro Area. Learn more here or email admin@radianinc.org.

 

State Energy & Weatherization Programs

Low-Income Energy Assistance Program

Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) is a federally funded program that can pay part of your heating costs. It is only active from November 1 to April 30 each year and can be used once per heating season. Call 1.866.HEAT.HELP (1.866.432.8435) or apply online through Colorado Peak.

Weatherization Assistance Program

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is a federally funded program that can provide you with energy efficiency services. You can receive assistance with items like insulation, air sealing, storm windows and doors, furnace repair or replacement, and LED light retrofitting. Find your local weatherization agency at the Colorado Energy Office for more information or to get help.


$ave Green Be Green Conference

This conference is a no-cost event offering Denver serving nonprofits, faith-based organizations, community organizations, diverse populations, and businesses opportunities to network and connect with resources and funding that will help them not only be cost-efficient, but energy-efficient as well. Topics include grants and programs available from government entities, energy-saving tips, conservation efforts and environmental management.

2024 $ave Green Be Green Conference

Past $ave Green Be Green Conferences


Energy Efficiency Advisory Board

The Energy Efficiency (EE) Advisory Board's role is to provide D-ONE with advice on how to manage these funds. D-ONE and the EE Advisory Board collaborate to ensure that the city and its initiatives address the needs of Denver's underprivileged communities – making the advisory board crucial to shaping the city’s overall energy efficiency program. The advisory board's membership is voluntary.

The Advisory Board will:

  • Advise on RFP solicitation responses and recommend selections.
  • Counsel on program policies and procedures.
  • Guide program priorities to ensure consistency with the City and County of Denver and D-ONE priorities, initiatives, and strategic planning.
  • Provide the energy efficiency expertise needed to establish priorities and inform D-ONE programs.

Members of the board will have the opportunity to:

  • Get an early peek at the programming results of new and existing programs.
  • Assist D-ONE in identifying new areas of concentration for the city and its underserved neighborhoods, such as energy equity and environmental justice.
  • Engage in voluntary outside board activities, such as meetings with energy providers, energy nonprofits, and others in the energy community.
  • Review and recommend data gathering changes for D-ONE's projects.
  • Gain board member experience.

Meet the Board

Grace Lopez Ramirez (Advisory Board Chair), Xcel Energy 

Grace Lopez Ramirez Grace Lopez Ramirez joined Xcel Energy in January 2022 as a Senior Area Manager for Local Government and Community Affairs with a focus on the City and County of Denver.

Born and raised in Denver, Ramirez studied Political Science in Washington, D.C., graduating with a B.A. before going on to work on a presidential campaign as an appointee of the Governor of Puerto Rico and as a director of federal government affairs for a coalition of Latino non-profits.

She serves as a board member of the Colorado Civic Engagement Roundtable, Focus Points Family Resource Center, Civic Center Conservancy, and Servicios de la Raza.

Cindy Chang, Groundwork Denver 

Cindy Chang Cindy Chang is the Executive Director of Groundwork Denver, and has served in various roles since 2010, including as a volunteer, board, and staff member. Chang has a background in nonprofit management, philanthropy, and has a deep passion for the environment. She earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Yale School of Management and a Master’s in Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She has also earned a B.A. from Tufts University.  A passionate advocate for the environmental sustainability and equity, she also enjoys yoga, walking, and spending time with her family.

Elysa Goldman, Energy Outreach Colorado 

Elysa Goldman Elysa Goldman has spent her entire career working for and with energy focused nonprofits serving low-income communities in Denver. As Energy Outreach Colorado’s Program Manager for the Healthy Homes program, she merges her program management skills related to weatherization and solar with air quality and electrification upgrades for income-qualified Denver residents suffering from chronic respiratory issues. Goldman graduated from Regis University where she earned a B.A. in History and Politics. She also spent two years serving in AmeriCorps with Mile High Youth Corp where she engaged with Denver residents daily and provided energy efficiency measures and education.

Scott “Hutch” Hutchings, Waste Management, Inc.

Scott Hutchings Scott “Hutch” Hutchings is Director of Government Affairs for Waste Management’s (WM) Four Corners area (CO, UT, AZ, NM and part of TX) where he manages legislative and political activities and oversees its contract lobbyists. He works closely with state and local elected officials to address problems around sustainability and represents WM on boards throughout the market area (e.g., the Arizona and New Mexico Chambers of Commerce, Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, the Arizona Trucking Association, and the Colorado Counties Foundation). He earned a bachelor's degree from Metropolitan State University in Political Science and is a lifetime member of the National Eagle Scout Association.

Kam Jaspal, GRID Alternatives Colorado 

Kam Jaspal Kam Jaspal is the Director of Strategic Development for GRID Alternatives Colorado, a nonprofit whose mission is to build community-powered solutions to advance economic and environmental justice through renewable energy. He has served in a variety of roles from developing a single-family residential program, to developing and managing commercial solar and large-scale community solar projects. A mechanical engineer by trade, Jaspal previously served in the low-income weatherization assistance program at the Energy Resource Center and as Director of Operations for Veterans Green Jobs. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Thames Valley University London.

Samantha Mooney, Mile High Youth Corps 

Samantha Mooney Samantha Mooney is currently Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Mile High Youth Corps, a nonprofit social enterprise powered by a network of young adults who are justice-focused, committed to creating sustainable communities and meaningful paths to career success. She coordinates programming for the organization’s Energy and Water Conservation Program and facilitates "Good Green Jobs" coursework and certificate trainings, as well as organizes career development activities and workshops. She attended the University of Connecticut where she studied Environmental Science, while serving as an environmental education intern for the National Park Service and the Chiricahua National Monument.

Rebecca Spence, D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments, Inc.

Rebecca Spence Headshot Rebecca Spence is an attorney for D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments, Inc. (DESRI). Rebecca is passionate about education and action related to environmental protection and renewable energy with an emphasis on sustainable development, western water rights, and sustainable agriculture. 

Rebecca co-founded the 501(c)(3) organization formerly known as Blockchain for Sustainable Development, Inc. (B4SD), which focused on providing educational resources to blockchain businesses developing emerging technology in the environmental space and evaluated such businesses’ sustainability efforts against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Rebecca earned her J.D. from the University of Denver, and her B.A. in Journalism and Communications from Louisiana Tech University.

Jeff Tejral, Denver Office of Climate Action, Sustainability & Resiliency (CASR)

Jeff Tejral Jeff Tejral Is the Electrification Manager for the City of Denver’s Office of Climate Action, Sustainability and Resiliency, and works to decarbonize and increase efficiency of the heating and cooling of Denver buildings and homes. He has more than 25 years of experience working in non-profits, utilities, city, and regional governmental agencies on policy creation and equitable program design and management. He was previously Manager of Water Efficiency for Denver Water, and also served as Water Conservation Supervisor for the City of Aurora. He has earned a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from the University of Nebraska, and a Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado.

City Council President Jamie Torres, Denver City Council, District 3 

Jamie Torres Denver City Councilwoman Jamie Torres represents District 3, also known as Denver’s west side. She was elected to the leadership role of Pro Tem of the Denver City Council in 2020, and again in 2021. She previously spent 18 years in the City of Denver’s HRCP division where she helped ensure Denver’s focus on the civil rights, human rights, and social justice needs of its residents. She was both Deputy Director of the Agency and created Denver’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs because she saw a need for greater immigrant inclusion. She has worked for local government on issues of poverty, equity, food insecurity, community and civic engagement and innovative ways of direct leadership development in underrepresented communities. She earned an undergraduate degree in Cultural Anthropology from Colorado College, and a graduate degree in Medical Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Denver.