Washington to Use Wind Generation for Low-Income Energy Assistance
The Washington Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development (CTED) will administer a grant it received in October from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide low-income families assistance with their energy bills. CTED will use this first-of-its-kind grant to develop as much as 12 MW of wind generation capacity that will, in turn, provide income to state agencies that provide assistance to low-income families. The wind generation will be enough to reduce the energy bills of 12,000 families by 20%.
Washington Senator Patty Murray announced the grant on October 2 in Olympia. Murray said, "I am proud that Washington is leading the way with such innovative approaches to energy assistance." For more on the story, see an October 2 article in The Seattle Press.