Keeping the Lights On: Dozens of Homes Receive Affordable Energy with Great Western’s Help

December 2020—DENVER, CO

Great Western is committed to responsibly serving the communities in which our employees live and work and protecting the environment for generations to come. In an effort to provide and offer affordable energy, Great Western joined Energy Outreach Colorado’s (EOC) fundraising efforts in the 2020 “The Heat Is On” golf tournament with a $10,000 sponsorship. The donation directly supports the Colorado Affordable Residential Energy (CARE) program designed to provide energy efficiency upgrades to help lower overall energy costs for households.

“This has been a tough year for everyone,” said Susan Fakharzadeh, VP of corporate communications and government affairs at Great Western. “Through this partnership with Energy Outreach Colorado, Great Western was able to support hundreds of Colorado homes with energy efficiency, and help with keeping the lights on and the heat and air conditioner on for many struggling residents.”

Great Western’s donation directly benefits Colorado’s vulnerable residents through EOC’s crisis intervention program, CARE program, bill payment assistance, and the affordable housing weatherization program.

Great Western’s impact includes:

  • 14 households equipped with complete energy efficiency measures from CARE
  • More than 130 households supported with bill payment assistance
  • Six households saved from a heating emergency by receiving a furnace or furnace repair through the crisis intervention program
  • 13 affordable housing units impacted with weatherization services in the affordable housing weatherization program

“Great Western’s gift truly made a big difference in the lives of our vulnerable neighbors – especially during this unprecedented year where the need for assistance has increased exponentially,” said Jennifer Gremmert, executive director of Energy Outreach Colorado. “Our programs help break down barriers preventing Coloradans from accessing their homes’ most vital resources, and with a donation like Great Western’s, we’re able to reach more residents and create a bigger impact.”

“It’s important to Great Western employees and leadership that we support people in the communities we live and operate. Seeing these tangible results and ways to supply energy beyond our day-to-day operations allows our team members to give back,” Fakharzadeh said. “To know how Great Western is distinctly impacting hundreds of vulnerable households this winter is rewarding for our team and for us as a business. We hope our impact will help Coloradans stay warm and recover from this dreadful year.”

To help keep Colorado families warm this winter, make a donation to EOC today at this link.