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Following up on a recent state auditor’s report, the U.S. Department of Energy released a report February 23 showing that despite receiving $93 million in federal stimulus money to weatherize homes, California has finished weatherizing just 12 homes. . . .
The federal agency said the California Department of Community Services and Development has weatherized just 0.03 percent of the homes it planned to as of February 16. Only five states had lower rates. . . .
If California does not begin effectively using the $93 million it already has received, it risks losing another planned installment of $93 million. . . .
The federal government said it would allocate funding to the state if California can show that it has effectively used $93 million already received for the same purpose. That will prove to be difficult, as the state auditor recently reported that as of December 1, no homes had been weatherized.
California State Auditor Elaine Howle said the department’s lack of progress is due to delays “both beyond and within its control.” She said the state should ask the federal government to extend the program’s deadline and improve efficiency.
The federal program, part of the economic stimulus effort, originally allocated $186 million to California to weatherize 50,080 homes – an amount that equates to $3,714 per home.
This was part of Obama’s $787 billion shovel-ready stimulus package of 2009.
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