|1, 2010 Volume 2, Issue 1|
The Weatherization PLUS Newsletter
Economic Opportunity Studies, Inc. | www.weatherizationplus.org
DOE Invites Public Comment on Monthly ARRA Reporting Draft Guidance
In the January 21 edition of the Federal Register, DOE invited the public to comment on proposed draft monthly ARRA reporting guidance documents for the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), State Energy Program (SEP), and Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG), as well as collection of utility billing data to validate the cost effectiveness of energy efficiency retrofits in buildings.
The WAP draft guidance also contains additional explanations of the ARRA data expected in the quarterly reports to the PAGE/Winsaga system that are due shortly. This draft program guidance IS NOT effective now and WILL NOT take effect prior to the DOE reporting deadline on January 30th as originally planned.
Look for an EOS summary of those new ARRA requirements on weatherizationplus.org by Monday.
Comments are due no later than February 4, 2010. You can mail comments to OMB or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Five Weatherization Agencies Win Green Jobs Projects from Dept. of Labor
Thirteen Others Also Part of Winning Partnerships
US DOL has announced the projects that won $256 million of its ARRA projects related to “green jobs.” These make up a substantial share of the $500 million in ARRA funding that DOL was given to build a base of expertise for developing the workforce of the future and for assisting several specific groups of workers and young people.
The five local Weatherizers awarded grants are:
Together their projects won over $12 million and will train more than 12,000 workers.
Twelve other Weatherization providers plus one of the ones listed above (Congratulations on two projects, Broward County Minority Builders!) are part of winning projects totaling over $36 million. They are:
Know Your DOE Project Officer
DOE has expanded the staff at the Project Management Centers that oversee states’ Weatherization programs. Newer recruits are backed up by experienced monitors. We have posted a list of each federal officer by state they oversee as of 1/10/10 along with their contact information. Although these officials deal primarily with state offices, they are going to begin inspecting homes soon. Therefore, if you work with a local program, you can expect to meet at least one of these hardworking "feds" in your neighborhood in the next few months. Click here for the list.
WAPTAC Message Board
Now that WAPTAC has updated its online message board, weatherizers can sign on to quickly share information related to WAP with peers! The site features have expanded to include multiple forums through which weatherizers can pose questions and get feedback on issues in a timely manner. Weatherizers can also use the forum to exchange concerns about on-going efforts like the ARRA. Although the forum is not posted on waptac.org, WAPTAC will eventually integrate message boards onto the site. Click here to sign up for the message board.
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