Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Press Release - 4CORE to Provide Weatherization Services

OFFICE OF GOV. BILL RITTER, JR.
WWW.COLORADO.GOV/GOVERNOR


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, SEPT. 11, 2009

CONTACT
Todd Hartman, 303-866-2262, todd.hartman@state.co.us
Doug Karl, 303-866-2206, douglas.karl@state.co.us


GOVERNOR'S ENERGY OFFICE ANNOUNCES 4CORE WILL PROVIDE
WEATHERIZATION SERVICES IN SOUTHWEST COLORADO

The Governor's Energy Office announced today that the Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency (4CORE) has been awarded a contract to provide weatherization services for a five-county region in southwestern Colorado.

4CORE will help income-qualified households save money on utility bills and reduce energy use by conducting home energy audits, upgrading insulation in homes, sealing leaks and installing high efficiency appliances such as furnaces and refrigerators.

"We look forward to a productive partnership with 4CORE as we work together to create new green jobs and further develop our New Energy Economy," said GEO director Tom Plant. "Dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act allow us to expand weatherization services to help more Colorado families save energy and money every month of the year through increased efficiency."

4CORE is partnering with Housing Solutions for the Southwest, NRG by Design and Southwest Conservation Corps to provide weatherization services in Dolores, San Juan, Montezuma, La Plata and Archuleta counties. Its contract award totals $960,634 and runs through June 30, 2010. Under its contract, 4CORE has a production goal of 160 homes across the five counties. 4CORE supporters La Plata Electric Association and Empire Electric Association will donate home energy efficiency kits to weatherization clients.

"There's important work ahead, and we're excited to play a critical part in addressing climate change, as well as in energizing Colorado's New Energy Economy," said 4CORE executive director Aileen Tracy. "To protect the health and economic well-being of current and future generations, we must reduce our greenhouse gas emissions with technology and solutions already at our disposal."

The GEO, through 11 local partners - including 4CORE - is dramatically expanding its weatherization services to income-qualified households under the Recovery Act. With nearly $80 million in additional funding provided over three years, Colorado plans to weatherize some 10,000 homes, cutting utility bills for low-income families who benefit most from the savings, reducing pollution and adding jobs across the state.

Weatherization assistance work is intended to cut energy costs for income-qualified households, including for the elderly, people with disabilities, children and high energy-use homes. The weatherization assistance program also provides for client education designed to cut energy consumption and save money on household utility bills.

Households that qualify for weatherization services include those where residents are already receiving financial assistance under other programs, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP), Supplemental Security Income and Medicaid. Eligibility can also be determined by household income. Under ARRA, households making up to 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level are eligible.