News Release 054

East Missouri Action Agency receives weatherization subgrant

Volume 38-054 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Kerry Cordray

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, FEB. 4, 2010 -- The Department of Natural Resources' Division of Energy has issued $179,043 in weatherization subgrant funds to the East Missouri Action Agency to help low income Missourians reduce home energy costs.

The East Missouri Action Agency, or EMAA, 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. EMAA serves eight southeastern Missouri counties: Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Iron, Madison, Perry, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, and Washington.

The subgrants to EMAA include $88,971 in funding allocated under a service area agreement with AmerenUE, $50,189 from AmerenUE Natural Gas, $27,537 from Laclede Gas, and $12,346 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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