Weatherization Assistance Program Ranked as Second Highest Recovery Act Job Creator
January 31, 2012
The U.S. Department of Energy’s low-income Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) created or retained more than 13,000 jobs in the fourth quarter of 2011, ranking second out of approximately 200 federal programs funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). Weatherization-related jobs employ highly trained, skilled technicians who install a wide variety of energy efficiency measures that encompass the building envelope, its heating and cooling systems, its electrical system, and electricity consuming appliances in low-income homes.
WAP has consistently ranked in the top ten for Recovery Act job creation and retention since tracking began in 2010. The Recovery Act granted $5 billion to the WAP network and the program reached a milestone in December 2011 by completing 600,000 weatherization upgrades three months ahead of the March 2012 target date. Nationwide, the weatherization of these 600,000 homes saved more than an estimated $320 million in energy costs in just the first year. Read more about this story in the January 31 edition of Business Wire.