Energy Center issues weatherization subgrant to Economic Security Corporation of the Southwest Area

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Volume 37-221 For Immediate Release: Aug. 4, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, -- The Department of Natural Resources' Energy Center has issued $421,675 in Weatherization subgrant funds to Economic Security Corporation of the Southwest Area (ESC), to help low income Missourians reduce home energy costs.

ESC is one of 18 Missouri agencies that implement the state's Low Income Weatherization Assistance Program, enabling low-income Missouri families to permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. The elderly, physically disadvantaged and families with children are program priorities. Since the program began in 1978, weatherization funds have helped to weatherize more than 155,000 Missouri homes. ESC serves citizens in four southwest Missouri counties: Barton, Jasper, McDonald and Newton.

The subgrant to ESC is from a U.S. Department of Energy grant administered by the Department's Energy Center. Additional program funding also comes from the Missouri Department of Social Services and through agreements made in rate adjustment cases by Missouri utilities to weatherize additional homes in their service areas.

The Department's Energy Center is a nonregulatory state office that works to protect the environment and stimulate the economy through energy efficiency and renewable energy resources and technologies.