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Obama Administration Marks 1 Million Homes Weatherized Under the Stimulus

In a piece for Forbes (10/1, Gerdes, 928K), Justin Gerdes writes, "The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) celebrated a significant milestone on Thursday" when "the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced the completion of the 1 millionth home weatherized under funds provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in 2009." The cash infusion brought on by the stimulus "represented a five-fold increase over" the DOE's Weatherization Assistance Program "fiscal year 2008 funding levels, according to a brief published by the Center for American Progress (CAP) on September 28." Gerdes continues, "The weatherization ramp-up delivered on dual objectives: providing low-income families relief from crippling energy bills during an economic slump, and stimulating domestic economic activity."