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Unusual Source for CO Heating Help

January 25, 2011

DENVER - Coloradans needing a helping hand to pay their winter heating bills may find it comes from an unusual place - the energy companies.

Corporations such as Xcel Energy and Atmos Energy have teamed up with nonprofit Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) to offer assistance to needy residents. The companies provide the cash and EOC provides the help.

David Eves, Xcel president, says the partnership helps the corporation reach those most in need.

"They provide a great service that would be really difficult for each of the utilities. They really fill a hole that would otherwise exist without them to help get the money and the assistance. They help make that happen."

The companies also offer other aid, such as helping people in need winterize homes or upgrade furnaces to more energy-efficient models - all through EOC.

The utilities pay for the assistance in various ways. Part of Xcel's funding comes through past-due fees charged to consumers, while Atmos allows consumers to make donations via their bills to help their needy neighbors.

Karen Wilkes, Atmos public affairs manager, says her company's long-standing commitment includes giving money to charities before giving shareholders profits.

"You pay back. You help those that are in need as much as you can. That's always been a company philosophy."

Wilkes says the EOC toll-free hotline is especially valuable to people who need help.

"It's non-intimidating, first of all, and it's one-stop shopping. They don't have to try to figure this out themselves. "

The EOC hotline is 1-866-432-8435.

Kathleen Ryan, Public News Service - CO