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The U.S. Department of Energy on Friday awarded more than $40 million to 21 organizations and five state agencies to fund energy efficiency projects, prepare thousands of low-income homes for weatherization improvements, and help customers reduce utility costs.
The funds come from DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program, or WAP, which got a $3.2 billion boost in funding from the bipartisan infrastructure law.
The investment “addresses a critical gap in federal assistance,” Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm told reporters. Much of the funding will go towards improvements for homes in disrepair, so they can then be eligible for energy efficiency upgrades.