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August 19, 2009

DOE Delivers $66 Million in Recovery Act Funds for Weatherization

DOE delivered more than $66 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to four states on August 13, allowing those states to robustly 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 money to Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, and Hawaii, and the states may spend up to 20% of their funds to hire and train new workers. The new allocations will help the states achieve their collective goal of weatherizing 26,300 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, which currently features a new Web video highlighting the program and the recent National Weatherization Conference.