Reid Delivers Millions for Energy Efficiency Jobs
Nevada will train workers for important weatherization effort to save money and help economy
June 19, 2009
Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today delivered more economic recovery act funding that will total more than $37 million to put Nevadans to work on major energy efficiency projects throughout the state. It will also save money on heating and cooling bills for families.
The initial 10 percent of the $37 million total was released to the state in March, and the state today receives access to nearly $15 million more. The final 50 percent will come to Nevada after the initial weatherization work is under way and the state meets federal mileposts.
Nevada will utilize this funding to perform weatherization services and also implement job training programs for the energy efficiency industry. The Nevada Housing Department will facilitate work at more than 5,500 low-income homes by partnering with community action associations based in Reno, Las Vegas, Henderson, Carson City, and Ely.
The Nevada Housing Division will also expand training to approximately 300 Nevadans to build a skilled workforce for completing the weatherization work. The state intends for the training to provide a tiered or career ladder approach that offers opportunities for optional training that would go toward an associate degree in renewable energy. The state also plans to emphasize homeowner education by providing written explanations about the weatherization measures taken and customer satisfaction surveys.
“Energy efficiency is one of the first and most cost-effective steps we can take toward a clean energy future,” Reid said. “This money will help build Nevadans’ job skills for the changing marketplace. It will also make a positive impact on our environment and help many low-income families save money on their power and gas bills. I look forward to more of this funding coming to our state soon.”
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