Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Press Release - CO Weatherization Among Nat'l Leaders

OFFICE OF GOV. BILL RITTER JR.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, 2010
 

CONTACTS
Todd Hartman, 303.513.3639, todd.hartman@state.co.us

Myung Oak Kim, 303.947.5708, Myung.kim@state.co.us


COLORADO WEATHERIZATION PROGRAM AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS
Gov. Bill Ritter announced today that Colorado’s weatherization program is one of the first 13 states in the country to win approval from the U.S. Department of Energy to receive its entire $79.5 million award from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. By reaching this milestone, the Governor’s Energy Office will be ahead of most other states in providing free weatherization improvements in the homes of thousands more low-income individuals and families across Colorado.

“Making our homes and apartments more energy efficient, more comfortable and safer for families is a key part of our New Energy Economy,” said Gov. Bill Ritter. “Our emphasis on weatherization has sustained and created jobs statewide, lowered utility bills for families in need, reduced pollution and increased our energy independence.”

The Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) Weatherization Program was originally awarded $79.5 million in Recovery Act funding over three years, but 50% was set aside pending the completion of certain criteria set forth by the Department of Energy. The Department of Energy required states to reach more than 30 percent of their total Recovery Act production goals and to satisfy monitoring and inspection requirements before receiving the remaining dollars.

In the last year, Colorado served nearly 3,400 single and multi-family homes directly with Recovery Act funds and completed 26 administrative monitoring visits of the eleven local weatherization agencies across the state. This allows the state to receive the remaining 50% ($39,750,000) of its award. So far, the state weatherization program has created 150 additional jobs and retained more than 250 jobs.

Weatherization services reduce energy consumption, help families save money on their energy bills and provide a safer, more comfortable, living environment. The GEO’s Weatherization Program has set a goal of serving 6,000 homes in the coming year with Recovery Act funding.

To learn more about the Governor’s Energy Office Weatherization Program visit rechargecolorado.com or call the Recharge Colorado call center at 1-800-462-0184. Colorado will receive at least $7.1 billion in Recovery Act funds over the life of the Act.