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Wyoming Weatherization Program Making Progress

posted Mar 5, 2015, 11:47 AM by vfe_ets_veronica.harris@wyo.gov   [ updated Mar 5, 2015, 12:19 PM ]

3/2/2010 

Wyoming Department of Family Services

2300 Capitol Ave.

Third Floor Hathaway Building

Cheyenne, WY 82002

March 2, 2010

*******FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**********

Contact for Media: Juliette Rule, 307-777-3798

Wyoming Weatherization Program Making Progress

CHEYENNE -- Wyoming’s Weatherization Assistance Program crews have weatherized more than 300 homes in Wyoming since July.

The program installs energy conservation measures in income-eligible households, with priority given to elderly, disabled and homes with young children, according to the Wyoming Department of Family Services, the agency administering the state- and federally-funded program.

Since July 2009, 334 Wyoming homes have been weatherized. During the 2008-09 program year, a total of 868 Wyoming homes were weatherized.

Some of this season’s homes were weatherized using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. In February, 24 homes were weatherized with ARRA funds. In January, 17 homes were weatherized with ARRA dollars, and in December, one home benefitted from ARRA.

Weatherizing homes often means adding more insulation, sealing leaks around doors and windows, and it always includes basic health and safety checks. An energy audit determines which weatherization measures will get the biggest bang for the weatherization dollars spent on each home. Weatherization can save residents between 5 and 25 percent on their home heating bills.

“Family Services has contracts with three Wyoming organizations, which have in turn hired and then trained crews to perform the weatherization work,” says LIEAP Manager Brenda Ilg. “Contractors serve all 23 Wyoming counties.”

Nationally, low-income households pay a disproportionate share of energy costs nationwide. Low-income households typically spend 17 percent of their total annual income on energy, compared with just 4 percent for middle and wealthy classes. This means that low-income and fixed-income households must often cut back on other necessities, such as groceries or medicine, to pay their home heating bills, according to DFS.

“The Weatherization program has helped families, either by creating jobs or by actually reducing their energy costs,” Ilg said. “These jobs are year-round, not seasonal, so communities really are benefitting.”

To learn more about weatherization, visit dfs.wy.gov. Get an application for weatherization services by printing one from DFS’ Web site, visiting your local DFS field office or senior center or by calling 800-246-4221.

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Wyoming State Energy Office Obligates Funds

posted Mar 5, 2015, 11:47 AM by vfe_ets_veronica.harris@wyo.gov   [ updated Mar 5, 2015, 12:19 PM ]

12/16/2009 

WYOMING BUSINESS COUNCIL

CHEYENNE - In less than 10 days, the Wyoming State Energy Office has obligated all federal stimulus funding designated for the residential renewable energy program, and has created a waiting list for those still interested in the program.

On Dec. 1, the State Energy Office, housed in the Wyoming Business Council, announced that over $2.2 million in federal stimulus funding was available to Wyoming residents to help defray the cost of installing renewable energy systems on Wyoming homes. In 10 days, 332 applications were received, obligating $2,254,580.

TRANSCRIPT: MP3 of Shannon Stanfill, State Energy Office program manager: "The response to this program indicates there is a growing interest in Wyoming for renewable energy systems. Though the funds for this program have all been obligated, we will be looking into ways we can help meet the obvious demand that exists in the state."

The State Energy Office will continue to take applications for the program and place applicants on a waiting list. In the event that obligated funds do not result in legal grant agreements or that projects are not completed, then funds will be re-obligated to the waiting list.

The residential renewable energy program provides grants of up to $10,000 or 50 percent of project costs, whichever is less, for installing photovoltaic (solar), small wind, and ground source heat energy systems at Wyoming homes.

The funding is part of the $3.1 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) appropriation to the U.S. Department of Energy to fund state programs that prioritize energy savings, increase the use of renewable energy, and create or retain jobs.



The mission of the Business Council is to facilitate the economic growth of Wyoming. The Business Council, a state government agency, concentrates its efforts on providing assistance for existing Wyoming companies and start-ups, helping communities meet their development and diversification needs, and recruiting new firms and industries targeted to complement the state's assets. For more information, please visit www.wyomingbusiness.org

Wyoming Reaches Major Recovery Act Weatherization Milestone

posted Mar 5, 2015, 11:47 AM by vfe_ets_veronica.harris@wyo.gov   [ updated Mar 5, 2015, 12:20 PM ]


News Media Contact: 

(202) 586-4940                                       
For Immediate Release:

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Wyoming in Top 4 States for Stimulus Dollars

posted Mar 5, 2015, 11:47 AM by vfe_ets_veronica.harris@wyo.gov   [ updated Mar 5, 2015, 12:20 PM ]

6/23/2010 

Read the Wyoming Business Reports article:

Wyoming in Top 4 States for Stimulus Dollars
http://www.wyomingbusinessreport.com/article.asp?id=52202

Wyoming Clean Energy Investments under the Recovery Act

posted Mar 5, 2015, 11:47 AM by vfe_ets_veronica.harris@wyo.gov   [ updated Mar 5, 2015, 12:20 PM ]

9/15/2010 

THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Office of Public Affairs

NEWS MEDIA CONTACT: 

(202) 586-4940 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wyoming Awarded $600 Million in Federal Stimulus

posted Mar 5, 2015, 11:47 AM by vfe_ets_veronica.harris@wyo.gov   [ updated Mar 5, 2015, 12:21 PM ]

6/28/2010 

Read the Cowboy State Free Press article:

Wyoming Awarded $600 Million in Federal Stimulus
http://thewyonews.net/2010/06/28/wyoming-spends-600-million-in-federal-stimulus/

WYOMING APPLIANCE REBATE PROGRAM CONTINUES!

posted Mar 5, 2015, 11:46 AM by vfe_ets_veronica.harris@wyo.gov   [ updated Mar 5, 2015, 12:21 PM ]

4/30/2010 



214 W.15th Street; Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002

Tel: (307) 777-2800 Fax: (307) 777-2838


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For release: April 30, 2010

For more information:

Scott Balyo, Marketing and Public Relations

Wyoming Business Council

Office: 307.777.2851

Email:
scott.balyo@wybusiness.org


WYOMING APPLIANCE REBATE PROGRAM

CONTINUES; RESIDENTS CAN STILL SAVE

Statewide rebates of up to $250 for energy efficient appliances still available

CHEYENNE - The appliance rebate program which launched April 15 to help Wyoming residents replace older, less energy efficient appliances with newer, energy efficient technology is still available.

“We’ve seen a good initial response to the program,” said Wyoming State Energy Office grants and contracts specialist, Heather Tupper. “We want to make sure that people who are in the market for a new, energy-efficient appliance know that rebates are still available.”

The Wyoming Appliance Rebate Program, managed by the State Energy Office (SEO) and funded by the federal 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), aims to capture valuable energy savings and spur economic growth around the state. Rebates are available for replacement of older appliances with new, ENERGY STAR-qualifying clothes washers, dishwashers, water heaters, and furnaces. The rebates range from $50 to $250 depending on the product, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis while funds last.

As of April 30th, just over 90 percent of the funds allocated to the program were still available.

“Retailers around the state have reported that a number of customers have made purchases because of these rebates, so it’s been beneficial for both businesses and consumers,” said Tupper. “We want to remind people that this isn’t just a one-day program.”

Details about eligibility and how to participate are available via the program Web site at: www.wyomingrebates.com or 1-877-50-REBATE

To participate in the program, Wyoming residents of single-family homes should:

  • Identify ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances by visiting the program Web site

  • Purchase and install the qualifying product. While not required, purchase from a local vendor is encouraged.

  • Submit a completed rebate application and required documentation within 30 days of purchase to receive the rebate

To monitor available funding, the Wyoming Appliance Rebate Program will use a real-time funding gauge posted on the program Web site. Retailers, contractors, and customers may consult this tool to keep apprised of funding availability.

To learn about energy efficiency rebates for appliance upgrades, consumers should contact their local energy utility.

The mission of the Business Council is to facilitate the economic growth of Wyoming. The Business Council, a state government agency, concentrates its efforts on providing assistance for existing Wyoming companies and start-ups, helping communities meet their development and diversification needs, and recruiting new firms and industries targeted to complement the state’s assets. For more information, please visit www.wyomingbusiness.org.

Wyoming Appliance Rebate Program

posted Mar 5, 2015, 11:46 AM by vfe_ets_veronica.harris@wyo.gov   [ updated Mar 5, 2015, 12:21 PM ]

4/12/2010 



214 W.15th Street; Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002

Tel: (307) 777-2800 Fax: (307) 777-2838


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For release: April 12, 2010

For more information:

Kim Sears, Marketing and Public Relations

Wyoming Business Council

Office: 307.777.2834

Email:
kim.sears@wybusiness.org

WYOMING APPLIANCE REBATE PROGRAM

BRINGS RESIDENTS AFFORDABLE ENERGY, COST SAVINGS

Statewide rebates of up to $250 for energy efficient appliances available

CHEYENNE - An appliance rebate program will launch April 15 to help Wyoming residents replace older, less energy efficient appliances with newer, energy efficient technology.

The Wyoming Appliance Rebate Program, managed by the Wyoming State Energy Office (SEO) and funded by the federal 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), aims to capture valuable energy savings and spur economic growth around the state. Rebates will be available for replacement of older appliances with new, ENERGY STAR-qualifying clothes washers, dishwashers, water heaters, and furnaces. The rebates range from $50 to $250 depending on the product, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis while funds last.

Details about eligibility and how to participate are available via the program Web site at:www.wyomingrebates.com or 1-877-50-REBATE

“Appliances, space heating and cooling, and water heating account for more than 70 percent of the energy used in homes,” said Heather Tupper, grant and contract specialist with the SEO. “Now, Wyoming residents will have the option to realize useful savings through program rebates to reduce the upfront cost of purchasing a new appliance. And in the long term, the reduction in utility energy bills can bring cost savings for years down the road.”

To participate in the program, Wyoming residents of single-family homes should:

  • Identify ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances by visiting the program Web site

  • Starting April 15, 2010 purchase and install the qualifying product. While not required, purchase from a local vendor is encouraged.

  • Submit a completed rebate application and required documentation within 30 days of purchase to receive the rebate 

To monitor available funding, the Wyoming Appliance Rebate Program will use a real-time funding gauge posted on the program Web site. Retailers, contractors, and customers may consult this tool to keep apprised of funding availability.

To learn about energy efficiency rebates for appliance upgrades, consumers should contact their local energy utility.

The mission of the Business Council is to facilitate the economic growth of Wyoming. The Business Council, a state government agency, concentrates its efforts on providing assistance for existing Wyoming companies and start-ups, helping communities meet their development and diversification needs, and recruiting new firms and industries targeted to complement the state’s assets. For more information, please visit www.wyomingbusiness.org.

WDC Grant Targets Emerging Industries

posted Mar 5, 2015, 11:46 AM by vfe_ets_veronica.harris@wyo.gov   [ updated Mar 5, 2015, 12:22 PM ]

1/20/2010 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

January 20, 2009
Point of Contact:

Shelli Stewart

Office: 307.777.6911

Cell: 307.286.3018

Email: sstewa@state.wy.us

WDC ANNOUNCES COMPETITIVE GRANT SELECTIONS

posted Mar 5, 2015, 11:46 AM by vfe_ets_veronica.harris@wyo.gov   [ updated Mar 5, 2015, 12:23 PM ]

11/12/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

November 12, 2009 
Point of Contact:
Shelli Stewart

Office: 307.777.6911

Cell: 307.286.3018

Email: sstewa@state.wy.us 

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