|3, 2012 Volume 4, Issue 4|
The Weatherization PLUS Newsletter
Economic Opportunity Studies, Inc. | www.weatherizationplus.org
The Future of the Weatherization Program: Resources, Plans and Dreams
Competing and contrary visions of the future of the Department of Energy program emerged in the form of debates on the national stage, even while states and local agencies find ways to manage the last stages of Recovery Act Weatherization.
Funding of $139 million was proposed in the Administration’s Budget for FY 2013. In response, the two national Weatherization organizations proposed alternative, higher figures: $175.4 million by the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP), the state managers of WAP, and $227.2 million, the 2008 funding level, by the National Community Action Foundation (NCAF) representing local Weatherization organizations. Shortly after, more than five dozen Members of Congress and the Senate signed letters to their respective Appropriations Committees requesting $210 million.
There is no disagreement, however, that the appropriations process in Congress will be very long and may not end until after the November presidential election.
Energy Secretary Chu defended the Administration’s Budget for a reduced 2013 WAP in front of the Senate Energy committee and the Senate Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee. The reductions were challenged by Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vermont), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI). See the Senators defend Weatherization funding at these links: Sanders, Collins, Reed.
Past Performance: Secretary Chu Gives ARRA WAP an "A-"
The Administration strongly defended the performance of the Recovery Act Weatherization Program in the face of a withering report from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Secretary Chu, testifying on March 20, disputed the Committee’s conclusion that, "The Department’s $5 billion Weatherization Assistance Program is a stunning example of wasted billions of taxpayer dollars." See his exchange with Committee Members.
Plans and Dreams
The informal Weatherization PLUS 2015 committee of state, local, private, and federal representatives invited by DOE met in person for the first time March 20 and 21 to brainstorm about the form of the Weatherization Assistance Program in 2015 and beyond. While this process will provide input into the DOE strategic plan, it is also intended for the WAP network to use to map its course. The group may identify the changes in statute, rules, or policy that would be needed to achieve the goals of a 21st century program.
Within a month, participants on the committee will have written material to share with their colleagues; everyone interested will be asked to imagine and to strategize concerning best use of the extraordinary human, technical, fiscal, and community resources that are linked in the modern-day program.
A key element of every innovative proposal discussed: new partnerships leveraging more resources.
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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