January Newsletter 1, 2010 Volume 2, Issue 1

1, 2010 Volume 2, Issue 1

The Weatherization PLUS Newsletter

Economic Opportunity Studies, Inc.  |  www.weatherizationplus.org

Top Story

DOE Invites Public Comment on Monthly ARRA Reporting Draft Guidance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The WAP draft guidance also contains additional explanations of the ARRA data expected in the quarterly reports to the PAGE/Winsaga system that are due shortly.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.

Click here to see the Draft Guidance.

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 frank.norcross@ee.doe.gov.

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HHS Requests Applications for REACH Awards
The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a request for FY 2010 applications for the Residential Energy Assistance Challenge Program (REACH). The program is intended to minimize health and safety risks that result from high energy burdens on low-income Americans. The due date for applications is March 30, 2010. Click here to see the request.

ACI Offers Discounted Conference Registration to WAP Workers
Affordable Comfort, Inc. is extending a special registration rate for its 2010 Home Performance Conference to WAP workforce personnel, administrators, and executives. The discounted WAP rate is $595 (a $200 discount off the full regular price) for the all inclusive conference package. This is a terrific training opportunity where some of the best technical minds in the field share their expertise. Click here for instructions for online registration.

Five Weatherization Agencies Win Green Jobs Projects from Dept. of Labor

Thirteen Others Also Part of Winning Partnerships

Sec. of Labor Hilda Solis

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.

EOS has posted a paper on the Weatherization PLUS website that describes the kinds of projects that won funding and provides more detail about the DOL programs.

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:

  • Butte County Community Action Association CA
  • CAA of San Bernardino County, CA
  • Action for Bridgeport Community Development, CT
  • Central Florida Community Action Agency, FL
  • N.E Florida Community Action Agency, FL
  • Broward County Minority Builders, FL
  • Indiana Community Action Association
  • Lincoln Action Program, NE
  • Community Action Community Environmental Center, NY
  • Association for Energy Affordability (AEA), NY
  • Community Action Organization of Delaware, Madison & Union Counties, OH
  • Community Action Council of the Lehigh Valley, PA
  • Energy Coordinating Agency, PA

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.

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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Students get some hands-on experience at the Louisiana Weatherization Training Center in Baton Rouge. The recently opened facility is a 10,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art center to train workers to weatherize homes.

In This Issue:

» DOE Seeks Comments on ARRA Reporting Draft Guidance
» Opportunity: REACH Award
» Opportunity: ACI Conference Discount
» DOL Green Jobs Grantees
» DOE Project Officers List
» WAPTAC Message Board

Weatherization Rap:
"Going Green" by LA Green Corps Members

Members of the Louisiana Green Corps bust a few rhymes about the merits of home energy efficiency. An instant classic! Click here to watch the music video and learn more about the program.
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