Tuesday, September 29, 2009

'Retrofit Roadshow' to explore weatherizing inefficient homes

Today at Duke Energy Convention Center, national, state and local officials are expected to join local business leaders, labor union representatives, and environmental activists in an exploration of how public-private partnerships can aid the American weatherization industry.

The national "Retrofit Roadshow" will feature a day of discussion on the need to engage the private sector for technical and financial assistance in improving the United States' estimated 100 million energy-inefficient homes.

Recent studies have suggested that retrofitting these homes could create thousands of new jobs, save the equivalent of 500 million barrels of oil annually, and reduce household energy costs by $3.5 billion per year.

To provide some insight into how these projects can work, members of the Laborers' International Union of North America will demonstrate home energy efficiency retrofits in their on-site mobile training center, beginning at 10 a.m.

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Representative Steve Driehaus (OH-1), Cincinnati mayor Mark Mallory, and Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper have been announced as attendees.