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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

"Cash For Clunkers" Not Just About Cars Anymore...

An official with the state's Office of Policy and Management says Connecticut is expected to roll out its version of the Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program by the end of the year.

Raymond Wilson , who is director of energy research and policy development for OPM, told business leaders at the CBIA conference this morning that the program is awaiting $3.4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy. The federal money will be used to provide rebates to consumers in an effort to get them to replace older appliances and with newer, more efficient models.

"Every state is designing its own program, so ours will be different than the ones in Massachusetts or Rhode Island," Wilson said.

Connecticut's program calls for rebate amounts of anywhere from $50 to $500, he said. Appliances covered under the Connecticut program include refrigerators, clothes washers, individual room air conditioners and central air conditioning units, Wilson said.

Further details of the program, which is scheduled to debut by mid-December, are still being worked out, he said.

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