Despite $93 million, California weatherizes few homes
February 24, 2010
California’s weatherization program has finished retrofitting just 12 houses out of a planned 43,400 homes statewide, despite receiving $93 million in federal stimulus funds for the program. [California Watch]
A just-released Department of Energy study shows that only five states are behind California in retrofitting (Texas has yet to complete a single house).
The study follows earlier concerns expressed by state auditor Eileen Howle, who had expressed concerns about whether there were sufficient safeguards in place to make sure the stimulus money was being properly spent.
If California doesn’t pick up the pace, the state might lose millions of dollars in federal aid intended to help lower the heating bills of low-income families.
A spokesperson for the California Recovery Task force said yesterday that work is moving faster, pointing to the weatherization of 282 homes and saying that another 750 are in the process.