Durbin Announces $25 Million in Recovery Act Funding for Energy Efficient Buildings in Chicago

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) will receive $25 million in funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Today’s funding is part of $452 million announced by the Department of Energy for 25 projects nationwide.  CMAP will use the funding to retrofit commercial buildings for increased energy efficiency in downtown Chicago and provide a range of financing and loan options, as well as tax credits, for residential energy retrofits.

“This funding is an investment in the effort to reduce the carbon footprint of Chicago area residents and businesses,” said Durbin.  “It will create the good-paying jobs that will drive our economy in the years to come.”

CMAP’s Chicago Retrofit Ramp-up Program aims to reduce the cost to consumers for acquiring energy-efficient contractors, expand the trained energy-efficient retrofit workforce, match workers with jobs, and provide information and financing to building owners. Additionally, the program will create an information center that homeowners and building owners can use to arrange and finance projects, identify rebate opportunities, and find qualified contractors.