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August 26, 2009

DOE Delivers $101 Million in Recovery Act Funds for Weatherization

DOE delivered more than $101 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds on August 25 to Guam and Pennsylvania, allowing them to 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. Officials in Guam and Pennsylvania may spend up to 20% of their funds to hire and train new workers. The new allocations will help them achieve their collective goal of weatherizing 29,200 homes, creating new green jobs while combating 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 state and territory 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 Guam and Pennsylvania, can be found in the DOE press release. See also the Web site for DOE's Weatherization Assistance Program.

DOE also released a video showing Energy Secretary Steven Chu visiting a Columbus, Ohio, home as it is being weatherized. He is joined in the video by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, and they discuss the benefits of weatherization and how funding from the Recovery Act is having a direct impact in communities across the United States. See the video.