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July 08, 2009

DOE Delivers $288 Million in Recovery Act Funds for Weatherization

DOE delivered more than $288 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to seven states on July 6, allowing those states to dramatically expand their weatherization assistance programs. The programs improve the energy efficiency of the homes of low-income families, helping the residents lower their energy bills. DOE awarded the funds to Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, and New Hampshire, and the states may spend up to 20% of the funds to hire and train new workers. The new spending will help the states achieve their collective goal of weatherizing 91,000 homes, creating new green jobs while helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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 support planning and ramp-up activities. The second half of the weatherization funds will be released when the states meet the reporting, oversight, and accountability milestones required by the Recovery Act. Details on the funds awarded to each state, as well as the weatherization goals set by each state, can be found in the DOE press release. See also the Web site for DOE's Weatherization Assistance Program.

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