Federal funding announced to help reduce energy costs for low-income households

The $34 million made available for the Weatherization Stimulus Program is intended to reach households that would otherwise not be eligible.

BUFFALO, NY – New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced federal funding for more than 1,000 homes to become more energy-efficient and climate-friendly.

The funding is $34 million which was awarded through the state’s bloat stimulus program.

According to the press release, the funds will help with electrification and electrification-ready upgrades. This will reduce energy costs and improve health outcomes for income-eligible tenants and homeowners.

“New York’s key national clean energy goals require that we reduce harmful emissions from buildings in all communities,” Governor Hochul said.. “Our comprehensive decarbonization strategy includes resources to ensure that low- and moderate-income New Yorkers are not left behind in the transition. This $34 million will bring us closer to our goal of reaching two million climate-friendly homes by 2030 and providing a brighter, greener future for the next generation of New Yorkers.

Funding for the bloat stimulus program will reach households that would otherwise not be eligible for deep decarbonization assistance. So far, 31 awards have been given to non-profit community development organizations and local municipalities to support the scope of the project and complete work to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions in income-eligible single-family and multi-family homes throughout New York State, according to the release.

“Many of NYCHA’s stand-alone buildings require significant capital investment. Partnering with HCR and the Association for Energy Affordability Weather Assistance Program service provider will allow us to address long-standing unfunded needs such as replacing windows, preparing these buildings for electrification and electrifying heating and hot water where possible,” said Vlada Kenniff, vice president for energy and sustainability at the New York City Housing Authority.

The potential scope of the weatherization stimulation program includes:

  • Heat pump installation for cold climates;
  • Preparing for electrification (for example, electrical service improvements);
  • Cleaning, sealing and balancing ventilation;
  • Building health and safety repairs and improvements;
  • Improvements to the building envelope, including improved insulation and airtightness.

Governor says her commitment to electrification-ready homes will help meet the state’s carbon reduction goal set by the New York State Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act , which calls for an 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2050.

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