News Release 043

Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corporation receives weatherization subgrant

Volume 38-043 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Kerry Cordray

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, FEB. 3, 2010 -- The Department of Natural Resources' Division of Energy has issued $180,150 in weatherization subgrant funds to the Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corporation to help low income Missourians reduce home energy costs.

The Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corporation, or DAEOC, 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. DAEOC serves six southeastern Missouri counties: Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Scott, and Stoddard.

The subgrants to DAEOC include $83,736 in funding allocated under a service area agreement with AmerenUE, $25,785 from AmerenUE Natural Gas, and $70,629 from Atmos Gas. This funding is provided through agreements made in rate adjustment cases by Missouri utilities to weatherize additional homes in their service areas.

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

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