Washington, D.C. - U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu met with Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle today about the important investments in the President's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - investments that will help Wisconsin and other states to create jobs, save families on their energy bills and address the climate crisis.
Secretary Chu stressed the important role that state and local governments will play in ensuring that Recovery Act funds are invested quickly, effectively and responsibly. He pledged a close partnership with state and local governments, and promised to reduce unnecessary paperwork and streamline the process so that important investments that will create jobs in Wisconsin can go forward quickly.
"Wisconsin is a leader in developing and implementing renewable energy sources that will power our economy and address the climate crisis," Secretary Chu said. "The President's Recovery plan represents a huge opportunity for Wisconsin to build on this strength - supporting investments that will create a new generation of clean energy jobs, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and save families money on their energy bills. I look forward to working with Governor Doyle and other leaders in Wisconsin as we make these important investments in our economic future."
Secretary Chu also noted that Wisconsin's status as a manufacturing state puts it in a strong position to create jobs producing wind turbines, solar panels and a broad range of other components that will be needed as the Obama Administration uses Recovery Act funding to make major investments to deploy renewable energy technology. Wisconsin homeowners will also see significant benefit from a broad range of other Recovery Act provisions, including a $5 billion investment in weatherization and a tax credit of up to $1,500 to help families offset the costs of new windows, doors, insulation, appliances and other energy efficient home improvements that will lower their energy bills.