U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

American Recovery & Reinvestment Act

DOE to Invest $8 Billion in Weatherization and State Energy Grants

March 12, 2009

DOE announced on March 12 that it will invest nearly $8 billion in state and local weatherization and energy efficiency efforts as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The funds will be divided between the Weatherization Assistance Program, which will receive nearly $5 billion, and the State Energy Program, which will receive up to $3 billion. This will help families save hundreds of dollars every year on their energy bills, while creating approximately 87,000 jobs. To jump-start the job creation and weatherization work, DOE is releasing $780 million in the next few days, and will release more as the states demonstrate that they are using the funding effectively.

The State Energy Program funding will be used to provide rebates to consumers for home energy audits or other energy-saving improvements; to develop renewable energy and alternative fuel projects; to promote Energy Star products; to upgrade the energy efficiency of state and local government buildings; and other innovative state efforts to help families save money on their energy bills. The weatherization funding will improve the energy efficiency of the homes of low-income families by adding more insulation, sealing leaks, or modernizing heating and air conditioning equipment, at a cost of up to $6,500 per home. The energy efficiency upgrades will be available for families making up to 200% of the federal poverty level. For a family of four, this translates to about $44,000 per year in the lower 48 states, $55,140 per year in Alaska, and $50,720 per year in Hawaii. See the DOE press release, the Weatherization Assistance Program Web site, and the State Energy Program Web site.

See the funding opportunity announcements for the Weatherization Assistance Program Formula Grants and the State Energy Program Formula Grants on Grants.gov.

DOE also announced specific funding levels for each of the states.

State

Funding

Alabama

$127.3 million

Alaska

$46.3 million

Arizona

$112.4 million

Arkansas

$87.5 million

California

$412 million

Colorado

$128.7 million

Connecticut

$102.8 million

Delaware

$38 million

Florida

$302 million

Georgia

$207.2 million

Hawaii

$30 million

Idaho

$59 million

Illinois

$344 million

Indiana

$200.4 million

Iowa

$121.3 million

Kansas

$94.7 million

Kentucky

$123.4 million

Louisiana

$122.3 million

Maine

$69.2 million

Maryland

$113.2 million

Massachusetts

$177 million

Michigan

$325.4 million

Minnesota

$186.1 million

Mississippi

$89.8 million

Missouri

$185.5 million

Montana

$52.3 million

Nebraska

$72.5 million

Nevada

$72 million

New Hampshire

$49 million

New Jersey

$192.4 million

New Mexico

$58.6 million

New York

$517.8 million

North Carolina

$208 million

North Dakota

$49.8 million

Ohio

$362.8 million

Oklahoma

$107.6 million

Oregon

$80.7 million

Pennsylvania

$352.4 million

Rhode Island

$44 million

South Carolina

$109.4 million

South Dakota

$48.2 million

Tennessee

$161.6 million

Texas

$545.7 million

Utah

$73.2 million

Vermont

$38.8 million

Virginia

$164.1 million

Washington

$120.5 million

West Virginia

$70.3 million

Wisconsin

$197 million

Wyoming

$35.1 million

Puerto Rico

$86 million