News Release 286

Department holds public hearing May 20 in Jefferson City on Recovery Act state weatherization innovative proposal funding

Volume 38-286 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Judd Slivka

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MAY 10, 2010 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Division of Energy will hold a public hearing on a proposed amendment to the statewide Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program plan for innovative approaches for delivering American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or Recovery Act, program funding.

The department will hold the public hearing from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. or until all comments are noted for public record, on Thursday, May 20, at the Lewis and Clark State Office Building in the Nightingale Creek Conference Room, 1101 Riverside Drive in Jefferson City.

During the hearing, the public is invited to comment concerning a proposal to amend the state’s three-year Weatherization Assistance Program plan under the Recovery Act. The amendment would finalize proposed project awards under the Energize Missouri Housing Initiative, a special initiative focused on innovative approaches to boosting energy savings and cutting utility costs for homes of Missouri low-income families. The department held a series of meetings throughout the state in December 2009 to inform potential applicants about the initiative and receive program input. Project proposals were accepted from Feb. 23 through March 29.

The proposed Low-Income Weatherization Program plan amendment for the Recovery Act funding will be available online for review beginning May 17 on the department’s website at:

Please address written comments on the plan to Marcy Oerly, Department of Natural Resources, Energy Center, PO Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176. Written comments must be postmarked no later than May 20, 2010.

Oral and written comments may be presented at the public hearing. Oral comments will be limited to a maximum of 5 minutes per comment. After the hearing, the department will finalize the application and submit it to the U.S. Department of Energy for final approval.

People requiring special services or accommodations to attend the hearing can make arrangements by calling the department’s Division of Energy at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-2254. Hearing-impaired individuals may contact the program through Relay Missouri at 800-735-2966.

The Recovery Act funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Energy and will be administered by the Department of Natural Resources' Division of Energy.