September 2023


As fall approaches, many of us are thinking about spending more time indoors and maybe making some home improvements. We thought it would be helpful to provide an update on federal incentives as the Inflation Reduction Act - the biggest federal climate law in history - turns one year old.

Our annual home tours are coming up as the perfect hands-on way for you to learn ways to incorporate green technologies into your own home and be part of the solution. Please plan to join us in September in the Arkansas Valley and in October for the Green Home Tour/ Electric Vehicle Roundup and Expo in metro Denver!

Sunny regards,

Rebecca Cantwell 

for New Energy Colorado

Please forward this newsletter to friends and colleagues and let us know what else you would like to read about by emailing us here

Controversy Warms Up Over Xcel Energy's Clean Heat Plan

In August, Xcel Energy filed its first-ever Clean Heat Plan, as required by a new state law. The utility proposes a variety of ways to reduce the emissions from its gas utility. But critics think the plan focuses too much on ways to continue the use of methane gas longer than necessary. Efforts should instead focus on promoting the electrification of heating, technologies including solar thermal and district geo-exchange, and much more energy efficiency of buildings, they argue. While the electricity sector is growing cleaner with massive additions of solar and wind power, even "cleaner'' gas still emits a lot of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. The plan will be debated and decided before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission during the next several months.

To read more about the plan, including finding the detailed regulatory filings made by Xcel, follow this link: Xcel Energy - 2024-2028 Clean Heat Plan

Recently, three major environmental groups released a report explaining how the gas decarbonization goals can by met through aggressive efforts to transition to electric appliances and heating, along with more energy efficiency. You can find the whole report here: Report: Xcel Energy Can Meet 2030 Gas System Decarbonization Goals with Accelerated Adoption of Electric Appliances, Energy Efficiency Measures - Western Resource Advocates

Xcel President Robert Kenney explains the utility’s position in this opinion piece: Opinion: Xcel: Natual gas is the bridge to a clean-energy future (

Gas utilities are fighting building electrification in a variety of ways, one of which is to use hydrogen. Dr. Chuck Kutscher describes the tactics Xcel is using: Xcel’s Clean Heat Plan is less than meets the eye (

A Year After the IRA: Where Are the Rebates?

It’s been a year since the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) became law, sparking the biggest investments in clean energy in history with investments in new manufacturing along with a variety of specialized grants and a wide range of tax credits. That’s the good news.

The not-so-good news is that the major consumer programs to provide individual rebates are not yet available. They will all be available based on income.

The federal government in July released program guidelines for the states to use in applying for money. Colorado expects about $140 million split between the two home energy programs. Colorado is "working on a strategy and process to put us in a position to apply for funding,’’ according to the Colorado Energy Office. Rebates will not be available for projects completed before the Department of Energy has approved and funded the state’s programs. 

The law will provide funding for Home Efficiency Rebates that will help pay for whole-house energy saving improvements and Home Electrification and Appliance Rebates to help pay for heat pumps and efficient appliances. These rebates are intended to serve low and middle income people, according to the CEO. "While exact income requirements are still being determined, households with an income over 150% of the area median income where they live will not qualify for these rebates. Don't hold out - get started with available tax credits," the energy office said in a statement.

Those looking to make improvements may want to get a home assessment or energy audit to see what would make the most sense.

Federal tax credits for a variety of home improvements that took effect this year can be claimed on tax filings next spring for work done before the end of 2023. And other programs are available now from utilities as well as state and local governments. 

Here are some links to help:

Summary of Building Electrification Utility Rebates (

Summary of federal residential energy efficiency tax credits: Energy Efficient Home Improvement Credit | Internal Revenue Service (

Fact Sheet on residential clean energy and energy efficiency tax credits: Frequently asked questions about energy efficient home improvements and residential clean energy property credits (

National Database on incentives and rebates:

Home Energy Rebates Frequently Asked Questions | Department of Energy

News about rebates from Colorado:  Sign-up for updates.

Colorado's new "Cash for Clunkers" Electric Vehicle Incentives: Vehicle Exchange Colorado (VXC) Program | Colorado Energy Office

Tthe IRA has spurred tremendous private sector investment in clean energy. Colorado has seen $1.76 billion in investment leading to 3,500 new clean energy jobs so far.

Nationally, clean energy projects creating 170,606 new jobs in 44 states were announced or advanced between August 16, 2022, and July 20, 2023. There are 272 new clean energy projects in small towns and big cities nationwide, totaling $278 billion in new investments, according to Clean Energy Boom Anniversary Report (

Arkansas Valley Green Homes Tour

September 15-17

Make plans to tour 10 new and remodeled homes in the upper Arkansas Valley! Learn from your neighbors about new technologies including electric vehicle charging, heat pumps, solar and battery systems and home controls.

Friday, September 15: Hear from Paul Kriescher, host of PBS series “Heart of a Building’’ as he talks about “Mindfulness in Homes’’. 6:30 p.m. at A Church in Salida, 419 D Street. $5 registration.

Saturday September 16: Start at New Energy Colorado and Ark Valley Energy Future booth at the Salida Farmer’s Market in Alpine Park to learn about touring homes in the Salida area. Tour is from 9 am to 2 pm.

Sunday September 17: The booth will be at Sangre de Cristo Electric Association headquarters on U.S. 24 N. in Buena Vista. Tour from 9 am to 2 pm. More information:


Saturday, October 7th, 2023, 9am-4pm

Are you tired of skyrocketing utility bills? Rooms that are too cold or too hot? Poor air quality? With new incentives, NOW is your best time to do something about it.

Find out more at the 2023 annual Metro Denver Green Homes Tour. Visit homes in Centennial/Littleton, Denver, Lakewood, Golden, Morrison and Evergreen. Talk to homeowners and builders, learn their secrets and discover results you can use to energize and electrify your life!

Your $10 admission includes a guidebook with descriptions of the homes, a map of locations, and free entry into the Tour After-Party and Green Expo. Register and pick up your guidebook and map October 7th, at the American Mountaineering Center (AMC), 710 10th Street in Golden.

From 3-5 p.m. you can see a variety of new electric cars and meet some of their proud owners at the Electric Vehicle Roundup in the AMC parking lot. Also see Tiny Home, Container Home and E-bike demos, and check out the Growing Dome passive solar greenhouse at 509 9th St.(near the AMC).

FREE AND OPEN TO EVERYONE: Tour After-Party and Green Expo from 5-7 p.m.

Register or find more information:

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP. Enjoy a free tour before or after your shift!

Upcoming Events

Metro Denver Green Homes Tour Lecture Series:

Learn to Save Energy and Money in Your Home with these Free Tutorials!

Jefferson Unitarian Church 14350 West 32nd Ave, Golden

  • Tuesday, September 19, 7 p.m.: Joe Burdick: Installing your own solar PV
  • Tuesday, September 26, 7 p.m.: Heat pump homeowners panel (information from and lessons learned by homeowners who have had heat pumps installed in their homes.)
  • Thursday, October 5, 7 p.m.: Winning Strategies for Going Solar with Xcel Energy's Time-of-Use Pricing: Joan Gregerson, Climate Action Homes

(This presentation will be given after the 5:30-7:00 p.m. volunteer training)


Three Stories We Think You'll Want to Read

Xcel launches Battery Connect for Colorado customers

Big Electricity Grids and Power Lines Make Climate Change Sense

Microgrid Gives Community Control of its Energy

Visit our website