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. Having a strong Weatherization Assistance Program is key to successful leveraging, CAP seeks to ensure that subgrantees have the information and support needed to run a strong program. 
The Weatherization Assistance Program
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is managed by the Department of Energy (DOE). Access the the DOE WAP website for more information and the Program Guidance page for notices and memorandums. Be sure that you are notified of the release of new guidance or memorandums by signing up for the DOE WAP Newsletter. See this contact list to know which Program Officer at DOE is working with your state WAP network. Households are are eligible for the WAP if their incomes are at or below 200% of the poverty level as determined by the Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Income Guidelines. There is no published Census data that displays the count of how many households are eligible in each state (only families); see this report utilizing Pubic Use Microdata Series (PUMS) from October 2016 to see an unofficial Estimated Number of Households Income-Eligible for WAP. The DOE Financial Assistance Rule, 2 C.F.R. § 200.305(b)(1) requires states to pay WAP subgrantees, other than for-profits, in advance as long as certain conditions are met. See this updated brief from CAPLAW for guidance on advance payments in the WAP. View the volumes of the Oak Ridge National Lab National WAP Evaluation. And see the Practitioner’s Guides developed by the project for short summaries.

Winning leveraged dollars and designing coordinated programs can be a complicated process.  Our team is available to help by sharing program design examples that complement WAP and LIHEAP, sample testimonies for advocacy at the utility commission and templates for allocating leveraging dollars through the state plan. The energy partnerships team can connect your organization with peers and energy advocates that have designed successful programs and mitigated many of the challenges that arise in this work.
Leveraging Basics
Designing Leveraged Programs
Winning Leveraged Dollars
  • Winning Leveraged Dollars:
  • Leading the Campaign for Affordable, Accessible Energy for All: Community Action and our partners can act on today’s historic shifts in technology and policy to advance the “energy equity” agenda. This agenda means everyone can afford and access the energy they require to be safe and to participate in an electricity-powered world.It also means a fair distribution of benefits and burdens from energy production and consumption, not only market-based access.This session explored the challenges and demonstrated ways the Community Action Network can play a significant role in delivering greater energy equity at home and nationwide.The Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority and the Partnership for Southern Equity have worked in tandem for several years to advocate for “Just Energy.”  They have achieved remarkable success in communicating the issues, policies and programs, and in mobilizing community residents to take action on a better policy framework.The New Consensus is a national thought leader about the issues and solutions needed, and the sweeping economic mobilization that can build a clean and just economy.  Its leaders are defining pathways to a fair and climate-friendly energy future.
  • Our Model Energy Affordability Policy — Percentage of Income Payment Plans (PIPP): Percentage of Income Payment Plans (PIPP) help eligible utility customers manage their energy bills year round.  Ms. Browning shared an agency perspective on the PIPP program in Illinois while Ms. Brown shared a utility perspective.  Dr. Power gave an overview of PIPPs and examples from other states.
WAP Program Management
  • DOE Program Officer Listing
  • Understanding the WAP Local Agency Leaders
  • Updates from DOE: Participants had the chance to hear the latest updates from the DOE Weatherization Assistance Program Manager and engage in conversation.  In addition, participants previewed the new online learning module segments for WAP administrative staff.
  • ACSI Subgrantee Survey Results (Webinar Recording | Presentation Slides): The 2019 American Customer Service Index survey results are in!  Join the Department of Energy for this webinar as they provide an overview of the results.  You may recall this survey asked subgrantees to provide their opinions on multiple dimensions of how their respective State grantee is conducting the Weatherization Assistance Program.  All responses remained anonymous, and the CFI Group provided DOE WAP with aggregated data.  Going forward, discussion will focus on changes in scores compared to the 2017 survey and updating Grantee Action Plans for 2020 and beyond.
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 is now funded to manage the project through 2019. Meg Power will continue contributing as a consultant to CAP.        As we continue to transition resources, you are encouraged to also view www.weatherizationplus.org for additional resources.
Contact Project Director Kathryn Maddux with questions, comments, and to share the story of innovative leveraged partnerships in your state network.

New Energy Partnerships Blog

LIHEAP Action Month:  LIHEAP and Energy Equity

August is the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Action Month and there is no better time than now – with the hottest temperatures last month in recorded history – to make sure you get the word out about the importance of this critical program and the Community Action Agencies (CAAs) that administer it.  More than 500 CAAs nationwide offer programs such as LIHEAP and the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) to help families with their energy bills.  And those CAAs that do not administer these programs will regularly refer customers to partner organizations that do.

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