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DOE Awards $29 Million for Weatherization Training Centers
DOE announced on June 4 that 34 projects to develop and expand weatherization training centers throughout the country have been selected to receive $29 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Located in 27 states, the projects will provide green job training for local workers in energy efficiency retrofitting and weatherization services. The funding will support the expansion of eight existing weatherization training centers and the establishment of 26 new training centers, more than tripling the number of DOE-funded weatherization training centers nationally.
Under the Recovery Act, the Obama Administration is making unprecedented investments that are helping to build a clean energy future, including $5 billion to significantly ramp up the pace of weatherization in the United States. The training programs announced today will support a range of public and private energy efficiency efforts, including DOE's Weatherization Assistance Program. That program has funded the weatherization of nearly 200,000 homes since last February, using both Recovery Act and annual program funds. See the DOE press release and the Web site for DOE's Weatherization Assistance Program.