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September 16, 2009

DOE Delivers $60 Million in Recovery Act Funds for Weatherization

DOE delivered more than $60 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds on September 14 to American Samoa, the Northern Arapaho Tribe, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, 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 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 17,000 homes, creating new green jobs while combating greenhouse gas emissions.

The new funds represent 40% of the total weatherization funds available to Tennessee, the Northern Arapaho Tribe, and the four territories 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, tribe, and territory, as well as their weatherization goals, can be found in the DOE press release. See also the Web site for DOE's Weatherization Assistance Program.