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September/October 2011
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September 01, 2011
How carbon offsets can change low-income weatherization programs.
The low-income energy efficiency movement still needs to leverage money. Most everyone who is involved in residential energy efficiency is aware that DOE’s Weatherization Assistance program received $5 billion to weatherize low-income homes under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the Recovery Act) during the 2009-11 time frame. DOE expects approximately 600,000 homes to be weatherized with this unprecedented stream of federal funds. However, the fact remains that even after the Recovery Act money is expended, there will still be 30 million low-income homes that have not been weatherized. The need for funding to tackle that enormous task will remain great, and the environment for continued large-scale federal appropriations for low-income weatherization will be challenging at best.

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