The Weatherization Leveraged Partnerships Project is funded by the Department of Energy Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs. Our goal is to support local Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) organizations to increase the size and impact of their federal program through local or state partnerships that provide more resources. The project team is based at the National Community Action Partnership to offer training and assistance to WAP subgrantees and their associations as they design and advocate for private partnerships and programs to coordinate with their federally-funded services.
Since 2001, this project has been managed by Economic Opportunity Studies under the supervision of Meg Power. Since 2016, Community Action Partnership has been sharing in the work of the project and now is funded to manage the project work through 2019. Meg Power will continue contributing as a consultant to CAP.
What We Can Offer:
- Program Design Examples that complement WAP and LIHEAP
- Sample testimonies for advocacy at the utility commission
- Templates for allocating leveraging dollars through the state plan
- Connections to peers and energy advocates that want to help
Upcoming Webinars and Events:
Applying Weatherization Expertise to Local Energy Equity Coalitions
Tuesday, July 10 at 2:00pm ET | 1:00 pm CT | 12:00 pm MT |11:00 am PT
The Energy Efficiency for All (EEFA) project brings together affordable housing and energy efficiency advocates working to break down barriers and improve the conditions for greater multi-family retrofits. EEFA state and local coalitions unite diverse energy, housing, consumer protection and finance organizations to identify and address the priority issues leading to increased energy savings and better outcomes within low-income households. Weatherization and Community Action organizations deliver unique value to these local collaborative efforts. This webinar, hosted by the Weatherization Leveraged Partnerships Project, will offer an opportunity to hear about existing issue campaigns and discover new ways for local Weatherization and Community Action Agencies to get involved.
Energy Partnerships Track at the 2018 Community Action Partnership Annual Convention
August 28-31, 2018 in Denver, CO at the Sheraton Denver DowntownJoin this year's Community Action Annual Convention in Denver to attend the workshops within the Energy Partnerships track. Topics will include an update from Department of Energy staff, promising practices in integrating energy assistance programs, creating strong state-subgrantee relationships, preparing for WAP monitoring, thinking through low-income solar access and consumer protections, current utility regulatory issues impacting low-income consumers and more. More details on the energy workshops will be shared as they are confirmed.
Recent Presentations & Webinars:
Hosted by the Weatherization Leveraged Partnerships Project, this webinar is for leaders of local Weatherization Agencies and State Associations to learn about the current threats to low-income energy affordability and how to use their expertise to advocate at legislatures and public utility commissions. The electricity industry is changing rapidly; utilities in nearly every state are requesting changes to the way rates are structured and consumers are billed. These changes will likely be detrimental to low-income households. WAP agencies and associations are well positioned to advocate for just, fair, and reasonable utility rate design for low-income households; Elizabeth Marx of the Pennsylvania Utility Law Project presented strategies for beginning such advocacy.
A presentation by Natalie Kramer of CAP's Weatherization Leveraged Partnership and Emily Salzberg of the Washington State Department of Commerce at the 2018 Home Performance Conference. Includes an overview on the state of leveraging across the WAP network and promising practices in leveraging from the state of Washington.
A webinar from CAP and NASCSP discussing the joint 2016 Non-Federal Leveraged Dollars in the WAP report.
John Colgan, Colgan Consulting and Former Commissioner, teaches attendees specialized skills for persuading utility decision makers regarding programs and protections for vulnerable customers. This was an interactive workshop at the 2018 Management and Leadership Training Conference that allowed attendees to practice both creating a strategy and presenting a case for ensuring the interests of low-income consumers were represented during utility decisions.
Presented by Ray Judy and Eric Behna of NASCSP, this workshop at the 2018 Management and Leadership Training Conference offered a discussion on common challenges that Weatherization subgrantees face in managing energy programs and strategies for mitigating and overcoming these issues. Specifically considering the role of state grantees and local subgrantees in managing and implementing energy programs, NASCSP offered insights on how to mitigate potential risks and challenges while building and coordinating strong energy programs as a subgrantee.
Recent Tools & Resources
- Leveraging the WAP: Why and How
- Background For Energy Advocates: The Process for Setting Utility Rates (Prepared for 2018 Management and Leadership Conference)
- Tips on Relationship Building with Utility Regulators (Prepared for 2018 Management and Leadership Conference)
- Leveraging the WAP: Discussion with Program Manager Dave Rinebolt
Scope of Leveraging and Network Examples
- Joint Report on Leveraged Non-Federal Funds for WAP (2016)
- Program Highlight: Healthy Homes at North East Community Action Corporation
- Estimated Number of Households Income-Eligible for WAP
- Practitioner’s Guide: ORNL WAP Impact Evaluation – Energy Impacts for Large Multifamily Buildings (pdf)
- Practitioner’s Guide: ORNL WAP Impact Evaluation – Baseline Occupant Survey: Assessment of Client Status and Needs (pdf)
- Practitioner’s Guide: ORNL WAP Impact Evaluation- Client Satisfaction Survey: WAP Service Delivery from the Client’s Perspective (pdf)
- Practitioner’s Guide: Oak Ridge National Laboratory – Environmental Emissions Non-energy Benefits: Working Paper (pdf)
See this contact list to know which Program Officer at DOE is working with your state WAP network.
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