Governor Kathy Hochul today announced $34 million in federal grants for more than 1,000 homes to become more energy-efficient and climate-friendly. Awarded through the state’s Weatherization Stimulus Program, the funding will support electrification and electrification-ready upgrades that will reduce energy costs and improve health outcomes for tenants and homeowners eligible for income.
“New York State’s major 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.
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 allocated additional funds to states to support heat and energy conservation programs for low-income households, including the government-funded bloat assistance program federal. Administered by New York State Homes and Community Renewal, the Weatherization Assistance Program helps reduce energy costs for income-eligible homeowners and renters by providing free services that help save energy and improve living conditions. safety and health standards.
The $34 million made available for the bloat stimulus program is intended to reach households that would otherwise not be eligible for deep decarbonization assistance. Using the existing network of Weatherization Assistance Program sub-recipients, 31 awards were given to non-profit community development organizations and local municipalities to support the project’s reach and complete the work to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions in income-eligible single-family and multi-family homes. New York State.
Additionally, a portion of the funds will be used to train and build the capacity of existing subrecipients to provide these services in the future, supporting the Governor’s goals to invest in and grow the state’s workforce. of New York for climate-friendly activities.
The potential scope of work under the Weatherization Stimulus 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’s Unprecedented Commitment to Electrification-Ready Homes Will Help Achieve 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 and ultimately net zero emissions in all sectors of the economy.
The awards announced today build on the state’s Clean Energy Initiative and the $6.8 billion already dedicated to reducing the carbon footprint of New York’s building stock, including the UNHCR affordable housing.
Check out the full list of rewards here.
Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said: “The $34 million in grants allows us to expand our weatherization assistance program to meet the ambitious goals set by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. By making energy-saving upgrades available to more than 1,000 income-eligible households, we can help lower the energy bills of overstretched New Yorkers, address disparate health issues, and advance the goal. of Governor Hochul to achieve two million climate-friendly homes by 2030.”
Vlada Kenniff, vice president for energy and sustainability at the New York City Housing Authority, said: “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 electrification of heating and hot water where possible.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said: “As energy costs soar across the country, too many New Yorkers are struggling to pay their utility bills. Families should never have to choose between heating their homes and buying other necessities like food and medicine, and this federal funding will help ensure that hundreds of households in New York don’t have to. I’m proud to have fought to pass the US bailout to to get the $34 million that will make this project possible and I will continue to fight to lower utility costs for all New Yorkers.
Representative Yvette D. Clarke said: “If we are to overcome the climate crisis, it is essential that we enable our communities to overcome all of their current reliance on fossil fuels. Thanks to Governor Hochul’s tireless dedication to this existential issue, New York communities are heading in the right direction. leadership to respond to our These grants and the millions of dollars in funding they contain will fundamentally revitalize our state’s fight for carbon neutrality, and I am beyond grateful to the Hochul administration for delivering them to homes across New York City. “New York and America being prepared for climate change is no small feat. It will take commitments at all levels of government that will reach families in every corner of our country. I was proud to support the legislation. government like the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework and the American Rescue plan that produced the climate investments processors who led to this funding, just as I am proud to support these grants as they redefine energy efficiency in our state. »
Representative Paul Tonko said: “With ever-rising energy prices, countless Americans are feeling the strain on their wallets, and disadvantaged and low-income communities are bearing the worst burden. I pushed for critical investments with our U.S. bailout that would support electrification and lower home energy costs, and I’m proud to have secured the additional funds needed under the bipartisan Infrastructure Act. I thank Governor Hochul for her leadership in ensuring that New Yorkers receive these essential resources that reduce costs and support a clean energy future.
Representative Kathleen Rice said: “These grants will help reduce New York’s carbon footprint while simultaneously reducing costs and improving health and safety standards for consumers. I commend Governor Hochul for this significant investment in energy efficiency and for his continued leadership in achieving our state’s clean energy goals.
Julie Tighe, president of the New York League of Conservation Voters, said: “For New York to meet the goals of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, we must tackle the largest source of energy consumption in the state: buildings. Greater energy efficiency translates into less overall energy consumption, which reduces emissions and costs. This program is important in supporting the decarbonization and electrification of buildings across the state, which will ultimately bring significant benefits for both climate and public health, while supporting low-income residents.
Lisa Dix, New York Director, Building Decarbonization Coalition, said: “Today’s announcement is a big step toward Governor Hochul’s bold commitment to reach two million electrified, work-ready homes by 2030. Delivering efficiency, weatherization, electrical upgrades and clean heat investments to benefit New Yorkers who face disproportionate health impacts from climate pollution and increased energy burden due to volatile fossil fuel prices, is also a good example of just climate policy mandated by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.
Rich Schrader, New York policy director at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said: “Bloat is essential to fighting climate change and cleaning up the air we breathe,” said Rich Schrader, New York policy director at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). “As we move toward a more sustainable future, programs that advance an equitable transition, like the Weathering Boost program, are needed to ensure that all communities are able to reap the health, economic and climate benefits. of cleaner energy.