WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm traveled to New Castle, Delaware and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to underscore the historic investments of the recently passed Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal.
In New Castle, the Secretary was joined by U.S. Senator Tom Carper (DE) and U.S. Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester (Delaware at Large) to announce that the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program has retrofitted one million American homes with energy efficiency measures, saving consumers more than $7.7 billion in energy costs.
In Philadelphia, the Secretary toured an energy efficiency workforce development facility and met with the next generation of green collar workers gaining hands-on training in weatherization home retrofitting.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will invest $3.5 billion in weatherization and hundreds of millions in workforce training resulting in more efficient and healthier communities, lower energy bills and good-paying, climate-saving clean energy jobs across the country.
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U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said Wednesday in Philadelphia that she expects money from the recently passed $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal to flow quickly to ready-to-go, clean energy projects such as those already underway at a training program for youth in Kensington.
“In Build Back Better, there’s going to be significant amount for electrification of homes, for rebates, for appliances that would electrify to be able to again reduce carbon emissions,” Granholm said.
“The elements of the infrastructure bill alone will put so many people to work,” Granholm added.
At the Energy Coordinating Agency in Kensington on Wednesday, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm told ECA’s lead job trainer, Jackie Robinson, that the measure will mean new solar panels will be going up nationwide.
“Just a ton in this to help position our economy for the future,” said Granholm. “And all of this means jobs. The construction elements of the infrastructure bill alone will put so many people to work.”
“I’m the secretary of Energy, and in my lane is the transmission grid, and making sure we are upgrading that in the face of extreme weather events,” Granholm said. “And making sure we are adding enough capacity to put all the renewable energy that these bills will incentivize onto the grid.”
During a visit to Delaware Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm – recently under fire for laughing off a question about high prices during an interview – took part in an announcement that the U.S. Department of Energy has upgraded one-million homes with energy efficiency improvements through the Home performance with ENERGY STAR program.
“DOE’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program has helped one million homeowners make energy-savings improvements at an affordable price,” Granholm said. “With the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal’s historic investments in energy efficiency and weatherization, we will ensure more Americans can benefit from cleaner air, more resilient homes, and lower energy bills.”
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