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July 01, 2009

DOE Delivers $304 Million in Recovery Act Funds for Weatherization

DOE delivered more than $304 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to Georgia, Illinois, and New York on June 26, allowing those states to expand their weatherization assistance programs. The programs improve the energy efficiency of the homes of low-income families, helping these residents to cut their energy costs. This round of disbursements will help these states achieve their goal of weatherizing more than 85,000 homes, creating green jobs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. States may spend up to 20% of the funds to hire and train workers. DOE delivered nearly $50 million to Georgia, more than $97 million to Illinois, and nearly $158 million to New York.

The new funds represent 40% of the total weatherization funds available to those states under the Recovery Act and follow the award of 10% of the funds in March to supporting planning and preparation. The states join the District of Columbia and 18 other states in receiving half of the allocations available to them under the Recovery Act. Details on the weatherization goals set by Georgia, Illinois, and New York, can be found in the DOE press release. See also the Web site for DOE's Weatherization Assistance Program.