US Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu said that the Department of Energy (DOE) will be providing more than $101m in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to expand weatherisation assistance programs (WAP) in Guam and Pennsylvania.
The funding, along with additional funds to be disbursed after the grantees meet certain Recovery Act milestones, will help them weatherise approximately 29,200 homes, lowering energy costs for low-income families that need it, reducing pollution, and creating green jobs across the country.
‘These awards demonstrate the Obama Administration’s strong commitment to moving quickly as part of the country’s economic recovery – creating jobs and doing important work for the American people – while ensuring that taxpayer dollars are spent responsibly,’ said Secretary Chu. ‘Today’s investments will save money for hard working families, reduce pollution, strengthen local economies, and help move America toward a clean energy future.’
Pennsylvania and Guam will receive 40 per cent of their total weatherisation funding authorised under the Recovery Act today, adding to the initial ten per cent of each funding allocation that was previously awarded for training and ramp-up activities. The remaining 50 per cent of funds will be released after they meet specific reporting, oversight and accountability milestones required by the Recovery Act. The states may spend up to 20 per cent of their total funds to hire and train workers.
Guam which has received $447,419 will use its Recovery Act funds to weatherise approximately 200 homes over the next three years. After demonstrating successful implementation of its plan, Guam will receive nearly $560,000 in additional funding, for a total of more than $1m.
Pennsylvania, which was also awarded Recovery Act WAP funds worth $101,117,225 will use them to weatherise or re-weatherise more than 29,000 homes over the next three years. After demonstrating successful implementation of its plan, the state will receive an additional $126m, for a total of nearly $253m.
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