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STORM RELIEF APPLIANCE REBATE PROGRAM UPDATE

Residents Who Lost Appliances or Heating Equipment in Hurricane Irene or
Tropical Storm Lee May be Eligible for Both FEMA and NYSERDA Awards

Funding is still available through New York State's Storm Relief
Appliance Rebate Program, according to the New York State Energy
Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). In addition, if the FEMA
or insurance award does not cover the entire cost of the replacement of
eligible appliances or equipment, residents can apply for the NYSERDA
rebate, as long as the two payments together do not exceed the cost of
the replacement.

The rebate program is for residents impacted by Hurricane Irene or
Tropical Storm Lee and includes ENERGY STAR(r) refrigerators, clothes
washers, dehumidifiers, furnaces, boilers, gas hot water heaters, and
heat pump water heaters as well as higher efficiency clothes dryers with
moisture sensors and electric hot water heaters. As of 7:30 a.m. today,
rebates have been allocated for 808 refrigerators, 1,645 clothes
washers, 1,456 clothes dryers, 1,307 dehumidifiers, 697 hot water
heaters (gas, electric and heat pump), 441 furnaces, 346 boilers.

The $8 million rebate program started on Monday, September 19, and more
than $4.0 million is still available. All rebates will be awarded on a
first-come, first-served basis for completed applications. Applications
are available at www.NYSApplianceRebates.com or by calling
1-877-NY-SMART (877-697-6278). The rebate program will continue until
funding runs out.

The Storm Relief Appliance Rebate Program was created to meet unmet
financial needs for the most critical appliances or equipment damaged
during the recent storms. ENERGY STAR or higher efficiency appliances
and equipment may cost more to purchase but will provide energy savings
for the life of the appliance.

Residents statewide in affected areas are eligible and must affirm that
they have been impacted by Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee. For
residents affected by Hurricane Irene, rebates on purchases of approved
appliances and equipment will be retroactive to Aug. 29, 2011, and for
residents affected by Tropical Storm Lee, rebates will be retroactive to
Sept. 9, 2011. Purchases of appliances and equipment, with the exception
of dehumidifiers, must be for replacement purposes only. Audits to
verify insurance claims and/or FEMA assistance may be conducted.

Funding for the Storm Relief Appliance Rebate is provided from the U.S.
Department of Energy's (DOE) State Energy Program (SEP). The State
Energy Program provides grants to states and directs funding to State
Energy Offices from technology programs in DOE's Office of Energy
Efficiency and Renewable Energy. States use grants to address their
energy priorities and to adopt emerging renewable energy and energy
efficiency technologies. SEP is distributing $3.1 billion of funding to
the states and U.S. territories under the 2009 American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act.

NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and
analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help
New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable
energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals
work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA
has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions

in New York since 1975.



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