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Thursday, March 12, 2009

State to get $200 million for weatherization, energy

From an article in The Capital Times:

Wisconsin will receive almost $200 million from the economic stimulus package in weatherization and energy funding, according to an announcement Thursday by Gov. Jim Doyle.

The $196,990,133 in funding includes $141,502,133 for the Weatherization Assistance Program and another $55,488,000 for the State Energy Program.

Doyle also announced Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu will be in Wisconsin on Friday. While in Wisconsin, the two will meet with local energy, business, and labor leaders and help weatherize a Milwaukee home.

"This important funding puts hardworking Wisconsin families to work and puts our state and country on a path towards energy independence," Doyle said. "I look forward to partnering with Secretary Chu and the Obama administration in charting a cleaner and brighter future for generations to come."

Almost $8 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will go to weatherization of homes, including adding more insulation, sealing leaks and modernizing heating and air conditioning equipment, which is expected to pay for itself many times over.

The Weatherization Assistance Program will allow an average investment of up to $6,500 per home in energy efficiency upgrades and will be available for families making up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $44,000 a year for a family of four.


For more information on energy assistance or weatherization needs for qualified residential households, call 866-432-8947.

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