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RI Office of Energy Resources initiates $2.3 million request for weatherization of homes above low income guidelines

The RI Office of Energy Resources (OER) has announced that it has initiated a Request for Letters of Intent (LOI) from contractors to provide home weatherization assistance for homes using deliverable fuels (not natural gas and electricity), that are above the family income limits for low income heating assistance programs and that will achieve a twenty-five percent (25%) improvement in energy efficiency. The RFP will utilize $2.3 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act commonly known as the Federal Stimulus Program.

Contractors will be responsible for providing energy audits and implementing energy efficiency measures that increase household energy efficiency by twenty five percent. After the implementation, they will conduct an audit to prove the energy savings and then rebate the home owner or authorized contractor twenty-five percent of the total project cost or $2,500, which ever is the lesser.

In making the announcement, Ronald N. Renaud Executive Director of the Department of Administration and overseer of the Office of Energy Resources said, “The State of Rhode Island has long had programs to support weatherization in homes that are heated by natural gas and electricity and has programs for low income households. This program fills a gap to provide weatherization assistance to homeowners who heat with oil, propane and other deliverable fuels and whose households are above the state low income guidelines.”

Information concerning the RFP can be found on the State Purchasing website at All inquiries regarding this RFP must be directed to the purchasing officer only.

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