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3, 2010 Volume 2, Issue 2

The Weatherization PLUS Newsletter

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

Top Story

Department of Energy Recently Clarified Four Policies

1. HUD- and USDA-Assisted Multifamily Properties Eligible for Weatherization Assistance

DOE implemented the new rule it proposed last summer. A list of buildings whose tenants are income-eligible is posted HERE. There are additional tests a building must meet, however. Additional guidance will be posted shortly so that W.A.P. agencies can determine which listed buildings would be projects that meet the requirement that the benefits of W.A.P. in rental units go primarily to the hlow-income tenant. Click here to see the lists.

2. Monthly Reporting Is Required But Simplified from Original Plan

On the 30th of each month, beginning March 30, states will report the number of ARRA units Weatherized, the amount spent, and the ARRA-W.A.P. hours worked in the previous month (i.e. Feb. production and work is reported Mar. 30). Four times a year, the quarterly report to OMB will be due at the same time. That report requires that the ARRA hours be converted to FTEs. (If non-federal funds were used as a match for ARRA projects, then those hours would be reported, but few, if any, W.A.P. programs have non-federal funding “caused” by ARRA.) A jobs calculator spreadsheet is provided, which can be used for monthly reports as well as the quarterly reports it is set up for. Reporting Requirements | Job Creation Calculation Guidance | Job Calculator (.xls)

3. Regulation Maintaining the Privacy of Applicants for and Recipients of Services

DOE is amending its regulations to require all States and other service providers that participate in W.A.P. to treat all requests for information concerning applicants and recipients of WAP funds in a manner consistent with the Federal government’s treatment of information requested under the Freedom of Information Act, including the privacy protections. Click here to see the notice from DOE.

4. Amended Davis-Bacon Wage Determinations for Many Areas

See all of the Department of Labor Prevailing Wage Determinations for Weatherization here.

Opportunities:

DOE Asks for Feedback on Sustainable Energy Grants
DOE is asking for comments by Monday March 22, 2010, on the content of its soon-to-be-announced $109 million Sustainability Energy Resources for Consumers (SERC) project. DOE is considering making 10-20 grants of $5 – $10 million. If there is insufficient interest by W.A.P. local agencies that can also prove they have the capacity to produce at ARRA levels plus new SERC project, DOE may not spend the entire set-aside on SERC. See the Request for Information here | Give feedback here

Webinar: Green Asset Management Toolkit for Multifamily Housing
Friday, March 26, 2010 at 2:00 PM (Eastern) – Enterprise’s "Green Asset Management Toolkit for Multifamily Housing" includes holistic approaches to managing and improving the performance of an existing building, including those that were not constructed to be green. The session will cover the structure and key elements of the Green Asset Management Toolkit. Attendees will also hear from a Boston-based affordable housing developer that has incorporated comprehensive green practices into its asset management approach. Click here to register.

Senate Oversight Hearing Focuses on DOE Implementation of ARRA Programs

See the entire hearing here.

Witnesses:

  • Matthew Rogers – Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Recovery Act Implementation, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Patricia Dalton – Managing Director, Natural Resources and Environment, Government Accountability Office
  • Michele Nellenbach – Director for the Natural Resources Committee, National Governors Association
  • Malcolm Woolf – Director, Maryland Energy Administration, Vice-Chair, National Association of State Energy Officials

At a March 4 hearing before the full Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, DOE and GAO reassured Senators that the start-up delays are behind us.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Highlights from the video:

  • 50-minute mark – Exchange with National Governors’ Association regarding its opposition to additional monthly reports
  • 104-minute mark – Encouraging statement by Chairman Bingaman about his hope for a strong post-ARRA Weatherization Program.

Wisconsin ARRA-WAP Progress and CAA-ARRA Program Success

The 20 Weatherization agencies in Wisconsin completed 5,006 units from July 1 to December 31, 2009. At the beginning of March, reports from agencies that operate 75% of the W.A.P. showed 109 sub-contracts with local contractors, businesses, vendors, and other partners for Weatherization work with ARRA funds alone in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin’s 13 Community Action Agencies have created 261 jobs with ARRA funding in the first six-months of reporting (through December 31, 2009) of which 202 jobs were directly paid with ARRA funds. In addition, CAAs utilized ARRA funds to retain another 221 jobs in their communities. Many of these jobs are employment specialists, housing counselors, community service advocates, weatherization auditors and installers that provided important needed services to over 70,000 low-income people and victims of the economic recession in 2009. Read the full report here


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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Specific questions? Opinions? Subjects we should cover in the future? Email us at:
energy_leveraging_news@opportunitystudies.org

In This Issue:

» Eligible Multifamily Property Lists
» Simplified Monthly Reporting
» Maintaining Privacy of Applicants and Recipients
» Amended Davis-Bacon Wage Determinations
» Opportunity: Feedback on Sustainable Energy Grants
» Opportunity: Green Asset Management Webinar
» Senate Oversight Hearing
» Wisconsin Successes

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Praise from DOE Assistant Secretary, Cathy Zoi!

Get W.A.P. in Forefront on Earth Day: April 22

We think Earth Day would be a great opportunity for the W.A.P. network to tout its environmental impact. Consider issuing a press release or holding an event that highlights the energy savings Weatherization creates (perhaps with displays of specialized W.A.P. tools like blower doors, insulation blowers, testing devices). Here’s some information to get you started.

Does your agency have any materials from past Earth Day themed outreach? Please share with us!

Did you know…

EOS keeps a database of press stories about ARRA Weatherization? Have a look!

Some Useful Resources From Our Friends at WAPTAC:

Materials from NASCSP 2010 Mid-Winter Training Conference

Materials from NASCSP 2010 Orientation for New and Existing State WAP Directors and Staff

Are you or a colleague a new W.A.P. worker or contractor? Tell us YOUR W.A.P story at our survey page, and we will build a national network of successful W.A.P. recruits.

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