|4, 2010 Volume 2, Issue 3|
The Weatherization PLUS Newsletter
Economic Opportunity Studies, Inc. | www.weatherizationplus.org
EPA Renovator Certification for Many Agencies and Workers Needed by April 22
What’s your program’s status?
The National Community Action Foundation (NCAF) has alerted Community Action Agencies to confusing EPA guidance about which subgrantees need to be EPA-certified firms (as of new April 8 posting, probably only those with crews or specific addresses set out in their state contracts). Proper status and renovator certification for at least one worker in any pre-1978 home are mandatory on Wednesday, April 22. Fines are $37,000 per day. Many are ready, but many more have pending applications or are waiting for training. NCAF has posted a survey to bolster its case for delaying enforcement to DOE and EPA. If your agency has not yet participated, please fill out the survey by 2PM EDT on Wednesday, April 15.
DOE Releases New Guidance on Landlord Requirements for Buildings on the HUD/DOE List
DOE has posted supplemental guidance on how to implement the new rule on weatherizing multifamily buildings listed by HUD and USDA. (Click here to see the lists.) At issue: how to guarantee the benefits of W.A.P. investments go to tenants who pay no out of pocket energy costs. This W.A.P. requirement has not changed, but it also has not been clearly defined. Now there are "project" buildings on the new list, buildings where rents are capped at a percent of income, and energy is included in the rent. Therefore, there is a need for clarity about the way the owner, even a government or non-profit owner, must translate the savings into direct benefits to the tenant that can be measured and verified. [It is not/never has been sufficient to assert the building will be a healthier place in general, or that the PHA will have more funds to pursue unspecified public purposes unrelated to the same eligible tenants.]
New Tools for W.A.P. on the EOS Website
What We Can Learn from Wisconsin’s Rapid W.A.P. Expansions in 2000 and 2005
The expansion of the Weatherization Assistance Program with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds has created new challenges for the network and a need for helpful information from states that have accomplished similar rapid expansion. Wisconsin experienced two significant periods of rapid growth on a scale similar to ARRA. This EOS report describes the new management practices and operational changes that allowed the Wisconsin program to meet the major challenges of a dramatically expanded program, including:
Property Assessed Clean Energy (P.A.C.E.) Bonds and Weatherization
The Property Assessed Clean Energy (P.A.C.E.) program is an innovative financing tool that allows local governments to provide attractive low-interest loans to property owners for clean energy and efficiency investments. Click here to learn why P.A.C.E. bonds are important to Weatherizers.
An In-Depth Look at Utility-W.A.P. Partnerships in PA and CA
Two utility-W.A.P. partnerships that deserve closer attention are LIURP and LIEE in Pennsylvania and California respectively. These two EOS studies detail the ways in which funds from utility partnerships can contribute to lowering energy bills and reducing energy consumption.
PLUS: Updated Index of W.A.P. PLUS Utility Programs
We have updated our index of Weatherization PLUS programs that leverage utility funds. These tables include detailed information about the structure, measures, eligibility, funding, and results of almost 100 utility-W.A.P. partnerships. We know you’re busy trying to spend the large influx of ARRA funds, but now is a good time to start communicating with your utilities about setting up a program like one of these listed, for the sake of continued W.A.P. effectiveness beyond the ARRA period.
Montana Weatherization Training Center Posts First Episode of Weatherization TV (WXTV)
The Montana Weatherization Training Center has posted on its website the first episode in a web video series called "WXTV." The show will feature demonstrations of cutting edge techniques, discussions with experts, advice on innovative devices and materials, and help for training "green collar" workers. Sponsorship for the program came from a grant awarded by the partnership of the National Community Action Foundation (NCAF) and Exxon-Mobil.
The Newsletter of Economic Opportunity Studies’ Weatherization PLUS Leveraging Partnership Project brings timely information about developments that expand the Weatherization Assistance Program to help your organization take advantage of emerging opportunities. Visit the Weatherization PLUS portal for more information.
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