August Newsletter 8, 2012 Volume 4, Issue 8

8, 2012 Volume 4, Issue 8

The Weatherization PLUS Newsletter

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

Top Story

Congress Kicks Can (to 50 Yard Line of 2013 Field)

Shortly, Congress will pass a resolution continuing all 2012 federal budget items through March 31. For Weatherization, at $65 million for 2012, this means no opportunity to win higher funding in a legislative battle until a different Congress convenes and considers many "road maps" around, or over, the national fiscal "cliff". Usually, the April 1 WAP start date means enough time passed for Congress to set WAP funding at least three months before a plan must be implemented.

ARRA Weatherization: Still at Work! 6,332 FTEs in the Spring Quarter

WAP is the fourth largest ARRA jobs program still running. Less than 7% of all ARRA funds are unspent, including in more than one third of state programs that are closing out because their work is done.

Catch-Up on Spending ‘Regular’ Weatherization $$

DOE staff confirms that the network is on track to spend out all 2009-2012 funds by the last day of their 2012 PY. Some in Washington are wondering aloud: IS THAT WISE?


Better Buildings Conference Unveils Future DOE Program Directions

On July 9-11, the DOE Better Buildings Program sponsored the Residential Energy Efficiency Solutions conference on the results of its ARRA initiatives and its future directions. There are two different reasons Weatherizers should care about this material:

  • It’s "hot"! Building technologies is a top DOE program and budget priority. It includes the "neighborhood sweeps" initiatives and much more. The Budget Request to Congress for next year was $310 million—$91 million above 2012 spending. The Request for Weatherization, $139 million, was $81 million lower than requested a year earlier. (For more of the DOE public messaging, check out the “Better Buildings Challenge” initiative.)
  • There was a lot to learn. Some lessons may bring as new allies who recognize the value of the WAP delivery organizations and of Community Action advocacy; some new ideas relate to roles nonprofit community agencies can play in innovative partnerships; most could help nonprofit Weatherizers establish services for the general market.

For the 2,000 of our readers who couldn’t make it, see our summary of the presentations that can be useful to the WAP network. They fall under three topics:

  1. New Roles for Nonprofits in the Market-Oriented Efficiency Services
  2. Reaching Out to the Middle-Income Market
  3. New Allies for including Non-Energy Benefits in Program Results Could Strengthen WAP Advocacy

Meet Our New Project Coordinator for Sustainable Financing, Madiana Mustapha

Madiana M. Mustapha joined Economic Opportunity Studies, Inc. (EOS) in June 2012 as the Project Coordinator for Sustainable Financing. Ms. Mustapha’s responsibilities include identifying potential private and public sources of support and investment for energy efficiency measures in low to moderate income homes.

Prior to joining EOS, Ms. Mustapha was employed at Manna, Inc. for three years as a Project Manager. In this capacity, she worked on affordable homeownership transactions in Washington, DC that included a mixture of private, public and non-profit financing.

Ms. Mustapha also spent two years as an AmeriCorps Member with Habitat for Humanity in New York, Washington, DC and the Gulf Coast.

A graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont, she earned a dual degree in Political Science and American Literature. Ms. Mustapha is pleased to be at EOS and looks forward to a rewarding experience helping the weatherization network’s organizations expand their partnerships.


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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In This Issue:

» FY 2013 Partial Funding

» From the Better Buildings Conference
» New Team Member

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Project Coordinator

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Weatherization Intern

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Getting Started on "Leveraging"

Leveraging is using the resources of the program and its organizations, such as people, time, skills, good reputation and funding, to attract more complementary resources.

Are you just starting your leveraging efforts? WeatherizationPlus.org has many resources to get you started:

NEW: Why We Leverage – A podcast with Steve Payne

Leveraging Basics

Utility Leveraged Programs

Housing Finance-Related Tools

Fee-for-Service Weatherization Enterprise

‘Green’ Technology Resources

What leveraging tools should our (free) webinars offer to help you? Write us here.

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