Testimony

EOS Project Coordinator for Sustainable Financing Madiana Mustapha testified at a Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia community hearing, December 17, 2014.

Mustapha testified on the merger application of Exelon Corporation, Pepco Holdings, Inc., Potomac Electric Power Company, Exelon Energy Delivery Company, LLC and New Special Purpose Entity, LLC.

Click on the link to read her testimony on Formal Case No. 1119.





OPPORTUNITY

A New Online Purchasing and Pricing Tool for “Green” & High-Efficiency Products

Quantity Quotes, a simple online marketplace, allows purchasers to get competitive quotes on green and energy-efficient products, including clothes washers, refrigerators, air conditioners and dishwashers. Quantity Quotes is a free, easy way for purchasers to gain multiple bids and competitive pricing, while suppliers to Quantity Quotes benefit from increased sales and access to institutional markets. Quantity Quotes can put purchasers in touch with a range of large and small vendors across the country.
This information may be useful to WAP delivery agencies and even more useful to their private contractors. Please share this announcement.

The types of products available from Quantity Quotes will be expanding soon to include water-efficiency toilets, shower heads, and faucets, and recycled-content insulation.  Expansion to suppliers in more states is also in the works. To learn more, visit http://quantityquotes.net.



From the October 16, 2014 The Weatherization PLUS Newsletter

How Low-Income Households Use Energy in Different Regions, Climates and Buildings: a graphic comparison

Both the similarities and differences in energy usage patterns can be useful when targeting and marketing the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).

Midwest Census Region

 As policymakers, state managers and community delivery organizations plan how WAP and related resources will be targeted to achieve the greatest impact, they consider household energy burden, residents’ age and vulnerability and how much energy is being used and wasted. 

West Census Region
EOS has created visual displays of how much energy is used for different purposes in five kinds of income-eligible homes in the different regions and climates zones. 

They show that - 
* Single-family homes in the Midwest use the most energy while apartments in large buildings in the West use the least. 

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In every climate region, apartments in 5+ unit buildings use about less than half as much energy as single-family detached homes in the same region, but usage in apartments in small buildings [2-4 units] is more similar to detached homes.

Download our “Energy Use of Low-Income Households”  fact sheets.

October 16, 2014 Newsletter




From the October 16, 2014 The Weatherization PLUS Newsletter

Leveraging Resources for Multi-family Building Retrofits – A Compendium of Today’s Utility Rebates, Grants and Loans

Search our new state-by- state, utility-by-utility tables of utility financial incentives for efficiency upgrades to apartments [and some for common space] in large multifamily buildings which we extracted from the complex Department of Energy Dsire database.   Support for the multi-family building sector is far less developed or differentiated than are the programs for the small home market.  Most are simple rebate programs; a few are specific for low-income consumers, and many are the same for apartments in large buildings and for single-family homes. Not all of the programs listed provide a comprehensive range of incentives.

The grant programs for low-income multifamily housing are minimal at best. A few on-bill loan repayment programs are listed, but these initiatives, which could carry considerable risks for tenants, have not multiplied this past year.

Click on the following links to view the tables: Rebates | Grants | Loans

Click on the logo above to view the presentations from the EOS August 6 – 7 Leveraging Low-Income Energy Partnerships Conference.



Did You Know? Weatherization Assistance is, or was recently, a $959 Million Program!



The EOS Leveraged Partnerships Project tracks non-federal resources and LIHEAP that are coordinated with WAP by state or local WAP agencies.  In calendar year 2013, we estimate that the network delivered services with over $959 million. Along with about $237 million in DOE base funds from various years and ARRA closeout, $332.6 million came from utility ratepayer-funded initiatives and greenhouse gas exchanges; $321.7 million was from LIHEAP transfers and $68 million from states’ tax or fee revenues. The graph below shows the contribution from each source.


While the leveraged funding sources are generally continuing or growing in 2014,  shrinkage in WAP funding and delays mean that the calendar year spending may drop by over $100 million, leaving WAP at about 15% of the integrated programs.


The experience of managing multiple sources and uses of energy retrofit funds is not shared nationwide.  Some state’s local agencies have ten-fold leveraged funds to WAP or even more, while some other states have less funding from leveraged funds than from WAP. EOS will soon be publishing a more in-depth look at the variety of practices and experiences with winning , managing and keeping leveraged funds in the post-ARRA environment.

June 9, 2014 Newsletter



"Video: Talking Leveraging"


Conversations with Illinois regulatory commissioner John T. Colgan [Formerly of the Illinois Community Action Association] about advocating for affordable energy policies and leveraging those policies into new partnerships and resources. He explains how and why Weatherizers and their community Action partners must stay engaged and looks at some of the issues utility regulators must decide these days.

John T. Colgan 4-part interview












COMING SOON!

Economic Opportunity Studies’ new site This Fall.

Expect a really user-friendly experience with a simplified menu selection and easy to use navigational features. As always, our staff is available to assist you in finding information and tools for leveraging.
Contact us at info@opportunitystudies.org or 202 628 4900.