October Newsletter 10, 2009 Volume 1, Issue 5

10, 2009 Volume 1, Issue 5

The Weatherization PLUS Newsletter

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

Top Story

DOE Wants Your Thoughts on T&TA

The following is a message from the Department of Energy regarding the Weatherization Assistance Program Training and Technical Assistance Plan:

Over the last six months, DOE has been working to create a WAP T&TA Plan (Plan) that reflects the full scope of the T&TA anticipated to be expended out of Recovery Act funding. This plan has gone through numerous drafts. The Plan was formulated in late spring/early summer, reviewed and refined through discussions that took place with a subset of the Trainers Consortium, presented at the National Conference held in Indianapolis in July, and then expanded to include additional elements that were raised since that time.

The Plan is still in draft and prior to going through DOE concurrence, the next two weeks are set aside for the Weatherization network to review and provide comment. You can access the plan by clicking on the following links:


We invite you to submit your comments through WAPTraining@ee.doe.gov. All comments should be submitted by COB on Thursday, November 12, 2009.

We thank those that have provided comments on earlier versions of this Plan and thank the larger network in advance for your time in reviewing and providing comments on this draft of the Plan.



Middle Class Task Force Calls for Retrofits

The White House’s Middle Class Task Force, chaired by Vice President Joe Biden, released the "Recovery Through Retrofit" report, which recommended a greater policy emphasis on making the existing housing stock more energy efficient.

Opportunity: Act Now!

DOE Issues Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Funding Opportunity Announcement – The FOA will use up to $454M in ARRA funds for competitive grants in two areas:

  1. The Retrofit Ramp-up Program provides up to $390.04 million for programs of $5 to $75 million for 8 to 20 awards.
  2. The General Innovation Fund is for competitive grants that are reserved for units of local government and state-recognized tribes not eligible for direct formula grants.

Applications must be received by December 14, 2009.

Click here for the RFP for big community-wide projects


Weatherization Day is October 30!

With an increase in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Weatherization Day is a great chance to send the positive message that Weatherization Works and the network is up to the challenge of providing quality weatherization services to thousands of additional homes.

See WAPTAC’s Weatherization Day 2009 page for resources and information for promoting weatherization.

EOS on Twitter, "Tweeting" the NCAF-CIF Energy Conference

We’ve added a Twitter feed to our growing array of methods for communicate to the Weatherization Network about anything and everything weatherization.

EOS staff will be "tweeting" live from the NCAF-CIF Energy Conference November 2-5. The conference will feature community & economic development, energy programs leveraging, and combined energy & development. Some top DOE officials will be there to talk about their plans for the program.

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In This Issue:

» T&TA Input
» Recovery Through Retrofit
» Funding Opportunity for Community Projects
» Weatherization Day
» Twitter

Recovery Act Weatherization Success Story: Queens, NY

In Queens, New York, two women, Ruby Carrasquillo and Tahlia Williams, are on the weatherization path to green-collar careers, thanks to ARRA funds.

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

Our Project Staff:
Meg Power – Project Manager
Eli Nesson – Information Manager
Akanimo Udo – Efficiency Intern
Maria Baldauf – Efficiency Intern

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