The US DOE will provide more than $448 million in ARRA funds to expand weatherization programs in 13 states, and more than $141 million US to support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in six states. Energy efficiency funds will be disbursed to projects that include energy audits, building retrofits, education and training efforts, and financial mechanisms to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy investments, among others. The DOE’s weatherization program will make the funds available for low-income families to make their homes more energy efficient. States receiving money for weatherization programs are: Alabama, Idaho, Maine, Missouri, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Wisconsin, Washington and Wyoming. States receiving funds for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs are: Hawaii, Maine, Nebraska, New Mexico, the Northern Mariana Islands and Texas. (Source: International Business Times, July 10, 2009)

Contact: Cathy Zoi, Assistant Secretary, US Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, (202) 586-9220, cathy.zoi@ee.doe.gov, www.energy.gov.