Oregon receives $1 million grant for green jobs training center
Federal dollars will train Oregonians in energy efficient retrofitting and weatherization
(Salem) – Governor Ted Kulongoski announced today that Oregon was awarded $1 million in funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) to provide green job training in energy efficient retrofitting and weatherization services. The U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) awarded the funding to the Oregon Energy Coordinators Association (OECA) to establish a new training center.
The demand for contractors to help Oregonians make their homes more energy efficient has increased this year when the Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program was awarded $38.5 million in Recovery Act funding. This weatherization program is managed by Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) through local community action agencies throughout Oregon.
“This award will help to train Oregonians so that we can meet the workforce demands of the state’s growing green energy industry,” said Governor Kulongoski. “The work performed by these workers will increase energy efficiency and deliver long-term energy savings for Oregon homeowners.”
OECA is a non-profit professional organization working to develop and provide better energy solutions for Oregon’s low-income households. This funding will help address the need for more low-income weatherization workers, supervisors and inspectors and will help OECA develop a training program that will extend beyond low-income weatherization.
"The opportunity to further develop and train Oregon’s workforce to meet the demands of a growing field is an exciting opportunity," said Rick Crager, Deputy Director of Oregon Housing and Community Services. "We look forward to our continued partnership with USDOE and our state’s community action agencies to deliver our low-income weatherization program and build the capacity in Oregon to meet energy retrofit needs of the future."
The Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program at OHCS has already weatherized 1,167 homes across the state. Cumulatively, there have been 561 workers employed through this program and the total energy savings exceed 32,500 MBTUs.
For more information about the Low Income Weatherization Assistance Program at Oregon Housing and Community Services, click here.
To view the Oregon recovery website, go to: www.oregon.gov/recovery.
For the federal recovery website, go to: www.recovery.gov.
Anna Richter Taylor, 503-378-6169
Nicole Charlson (Recovery Act Team), 503-373-0289
Lisa Joyce (OHCS), 503-986-0951