Minnesota receives additional energy assistance, weatherization funding
The Department of Energy has awarded Minnesota an extra $27 million in funding to help low-income people pay their heating bills and another $65 million to fund weatherization programs to make homes more energy efficient. Congressman Jim Oberstar announces the additional funds are coming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
“This is funding that is desperately needed in our state,” said Oberstar. “ Even though the economy is beginning to stabilize, many people are still out of work. This funding will help many families make it through a tough winter. The weatherization program also creates jobs, and helps families reduce their energy bills. This is a program that will have lasting benefits.”
The allocations mean Minnesota will receive a total of $54 million in energy assistance funding from the Recovery Act and $132 million in weatherization funding.