Department of Energy

DOE Announces $29 Million in Recovery Act Awards for Weatherization Training Centers

June 4, 2010

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that 34 projects in 27 states have been selected to receive $29 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to develop and expand weatherization training centers across the country. These projects will provide green job training for local workers in energy efficiency retrofitting and weatherization services. With this training, skilled workers can help expand the use of energy efficient practices in America's homes and businesses.

"A well-trained workforce will be a crucial part of America's clean energy economy in the years ahead," said Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman. "These investments in efficiency training programs will help build a foundation for long-term growth in America. Energy efficiency improves the competitiveness of our economy, benefits the environment, and puts Americans back to work."

Using innovative approaches to weatherization training and standardized training curricula, these projects will help prepare weatherization workers, supervisors, and inspectors to maintain a high degree of quality in weatherization projects and to work in the growing field of energy efficiency retrofits. The centers and programs will offer training using a combination of classroom, online, and hands-on learning tools.

This funding will support the expansion of 8 existing weatherization training centers and the establishment of 26 new training centers, more than tripling the number of DOE-funded weatherization training centers nationally. The 34 programs announced today will significantly expand access to weatherization training, while improving the quality and consistency of training nationwide. These investments will continue to build on the Administration's efforts to expand the green workforce and build a self-sustaining energy retrofit industry that creates high-quality jobs, while improving the environment and saving energy.

Under the Recovery Act, the Obama Administration is making unprecedented investments that are helping to build America's clean energy future, including $5 billion to significantly ramp up the pace of weatherization in the United States. The training programs announced today will support a range of public and private energy efficiency efforts, including the Department's Weatherization Assistance Program, which has already funded the weatherization of nearly 200,000 homes since last February, using both Recovery Act and annual program funds.

These weatherization training centers are part of the Department's broader Training and Technical Assistance program for weatherization, including a variety of online tools, a national training platform, certification and accreditation standards, program evaluations, quality assurance reviews, and peer mentoring.

The following organizations have been selected for funding:

Applicant Recovery Act Funding Total Project Value* City State
Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska$961,692$1,159,212JuneauAlaska
Pulaski Technical College$1,000,000$1,244,507North Little RockArkansas
FSL Home Improvements$525,692$657,137PhoenixArizona
Los Angeles Trade-Technical College$725,976$907,470Los AngelesCalifornia
Century Center for Economic Opportunity, Inc.$1,000,000$1,310,000GardenaCalifornia
Colorado Governor's Energy Office$963,130$1,219,149DenverColorado
The WorkPlace, Inc.$442,951$562,951BridgeportConnecticut
University of Central Florida$486,000$607,500CocoaFlorida
University of Florida$979,421$1,224,674GainesvilleFlorida
WorkNet Pinellas, Inc.$1,000,000$1,726,000St. PetersburgFlorida
Southface Energy Institute$949,078$1,422,903AtlantaGeorgia
The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois$959,635$1,199,544ChampaignIllinois
Wilbur Wright College$1,000,000$1,200,000ChicagoIllinois
Indiana Community Action Association, Inc.$1,000,000$1,250,000IndianapolisIndiana
Kentucky Housing Corporation$995,756$1,259,051FrankfortKentucky
Louisiana Association of Community Action Partnerships, Inc.$797,250$956,700Baton RougeLouisiana
South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc.$705,225$1,049,515FraminghamMassachusetts
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth$964,215$1,268,644DartmouthMassachusetts
Baltimore City Community College$1,000,000$1,254,664BaltimoreMaryland
Maine State Housing Authority (MaineHousing)$880,010$1,086,720AugustaMaine
Focus: HOPE$848,172$1,061,565DetroitMichigan
State of Montana$970,099$1,215,426HelenaMontana
Bergen County Community Action Partnership, Inc.$999,567$1,275,103HackensackNew Jersey
New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority$919,579$919,579Santa FeNew Mexico
Association for Energy Affordability, Inc.$873,617$1,102,398New YorkNew York
Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development Inc.$999,846$1,249,846AthensOhio
Oregon Energy Coordinators Association$1,000,000$2,923,000SalemOregon
Pennsylvania College of Technology$916,981$1,163,972WilliamsportPennsylvania
Bucks County Community College$631,260$757,512NewtownPennsylvania
Governor's Office of Economic Development$323,700$438,700ClearfieldUtah
Green Jobs Alliance$981,260$1,511,260HamptonVirginia
Community Housing Partners Corporation$1,000,000$1,300,000ChristiansburgVirginia
Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation$255,198$318,998MadisonWisconsin
West Virginia Governor's Office of Economic Opportunity$1,000,000$1,250,000CharlestonWest Virginia

*Includes applicant cost share

For project descriptions, visit HERE. For more information on the weatherization program, visit http://weatherization.energy.gov.

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