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Assistance for Heating Bills

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 at 5:20 am

Washington DC  – 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. Today, Congressman Jim Oberstar announced that the additional funds are coming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“This is funding that is desperately needed in our state. Even though the economy is beginning to stabilize, many people are still out of work,” said Oberstar. “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.”

Today’s allocations means Minnesota will receive a total of $54 million in energy assistance funding from the Recovery Act and $132 million in weatherization funding.

“These programs were severely neglected for years, despite the fact that there are always more applications for assistance than there is funding,” said Oberstar. “But the tide has turned, and we have a Congress and a White House willing to invest in these programs.”

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