The Weatherization Assistance Program
- Leveraging Basics:
- Leveraging the WAP Why and How Offers a basic background on the leverage rationale for a WAP organization, an overview of leveraging in the network, the regulation behind utilizing funding for leveraging initiatives, and coordinated program design considerations.
- Joint Report on Leveraged Non-Federal Funds for WAP in 2016 Report for use in comparing leveraging performance across states and determining the total resources and production of all agencies that are WAP subgrantees. (Completed in coordination with NASCSP).
- Background for Energy Advocates: Process for Setting Utility Rates Created by a former utility commissioner, points on the steps of a rate case so that WAP leaders understand the ways and opportunities to get involved.
- Tips on Relationship Building with Utility Regulators Relationship building is a key component to winning utility dollars, this guide talks through steps to begin building these kinds of relationships with utility commissioners.
- Energy Advocacy – Skills for Leaders Presentation from former IL utility commissioner at the 2018 CAP Management Conference.
- Utility & Regulatory Glossary A helpful dictionary for those engaged on these issues that are not attorneys or utility executives.
Designing Leveraged Programs
- Designing Leveraged Programs:
- Designing Effective Utility Weatherization Partnerships Presentation from DOE WAP Program Manager and the Community Action Partnership of Oregon at the 2017 CAP Conference on coordinating WAP, LIHEAP, and utility dollars.
- Leveraging and Managing Multiple Funding Streams Pesentation by DOE WAP Program Manager at the 2017 CAP Management Conference on the regulations behind leveraging the WAP and strategies for coordinated programs.
- Leveraging Services and Funding Presentation from CAP and WA Department of Commerce at 2018 Home Performance Conference includes leveraging basics, scope of leveraging, and the WA leveraged program design.
- Designing Bundled Energy Affordability Programs Presentation from Coconino County Community Services (AZ) and Hunting Park Neighborhood Energy Center (PA) on coordinating LIHEAP, WAP, and case management.
- Case Study: Fresno EOC Single Family Solar Overview of the CA solar program coordinated with WAP using Cap and Trade dollars.
- Case Study: Northeast Community Action Corporation Healthy Homes Overview of NECAC’s program coordinating WAP with environmental assessments and asthma education.
- Case Study: United CAP Coordination with Co-Ops Overview of efforts for MN Weatherizers to coordinate WAP and energy counseling utilizing Co-Op funding.
- EOC Designing and Implementing Integrated Energy Assistance Programs Energy Outreach Colorado provides encouragement to ‘think bigger’ about energy program designs and coordination to have bigger impact
- Access to Solar – Project Updates and Consumer Protection Cautions Community Action Partnership of Oregon is working to coordinate DOE WAP and Community Solar utilizing the recently released SIR calculator. Plus, National Consumer Law Center provides strategies to think through consumer protection issues.
- Managing Coordinated Energy Programs (NASCSP)
- Managing Coordinated Energy Programs (Southern New Hampshire Services)
- Innovative Partnerships Beyond Utilities
Winning Leveraged Dollars
- Winning Leveraged Dollars:
- 2017 WAP Grant Guidance on Leveraged Resources Includes the Program Guidance and Statutory Language that allows for allocating money in the state plan for leveraging initiatives.
- Sample Language for Leveraging in WAP State Plan Language from MA and WA, both of which fund a utility-focused advocacy organization to win and maintain leveraged funds for the WAP network.
- How Associations of CAA or WAP Organize to Win Big for Low Income Energy Consumers The Energy Project of Washington, the Community Action Partnership of Oregon, and the Arizona Association of Community Action detail how and why they found funding for energy staff in order to win and keep utility resources and consumer protections for their state network.
- Model Tool Fixed Charge Testimony from WA Offers model arguments to rebut rate proposals with high fixed charges.
- Model Tool Discovery Questions for Utility Rate Case from OR CAA Association Includes strong sample questions that Weatherizers and associations can use for ‘discovery’ in a rate case that would provide significant utility information for informed intervention.
- Model Tool Testimony from NH CAA Excellent winning example of utilizing simple data to maintain or increase utility programs.
- Model Testimony from Fisher, Sheehan & Colton Provides detailed argument on the risks of on-bill financing for energy efficiency.
- Current Utility Regulatory Issues and How You Can Respond Overview of major issues and key arguments for low-income advocates from the National Consumer Law Center and the Community Action Partnership of Oregon
- Affordable Energy, Today, and Tomorrow Energy advocates from two states discuss their most recent campaigns.
- Update from DOE and National Partners DOE shares the most recent program updates. NREL, NASCSP and CAP provides an overview of available resources and tools. NREL soft-launches the new WAP administrative training modules.
- 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.
Leveraging Renewable Energy
WAP Program Management
- New Training Available for WAP Administrative Professionals: The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) announces the launch of Training for WAP Administrative Professionals. Developed in response to WAP network feedback, these self-paced online trainings are designed for WAP Subgrantee staff, yet are applicable to Grantees, subcontractors, and WAP stakeholders. Training topics include: Budget and planning; Procurement; Fiscal tasks; Client relations; Economics of weatherization; Management; Quality improvement; and Multifamily. Access the training. To create an account, please click on the link associated with “first time logging in” and use “waptraining” for the code. Follow the instructions sent to your email to complete registration.
- 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.
Online Training Offerings
Online Training Considerations
Online training has come a long way since the early days of prerecorded slide shows. There are a variety of courses out there:
- Instructor-led (learners interact with the instructor and sometimes other learners) and self-paced (each learner completes the course at their own pace with no interaction with an instructor). The industry terms for these are synchronous and asynchronous, respectively.
- Some courses include an assessment of the learner’s knowledge before issuing a certificate of completion, other courses may require attendance, but do not include a learner assessment.
- Online courses can be part of a comprehensive IREC-accredited training program – check with the provider.
Most importantly – a “good” course that is aimed at increasing confidence and knowledge on the job and should require the learner to make decisions and think as they would on the job. This type of “active learning” is different than passively watching an informational video.
Training that allows the learner to apply the new knowledge in real-world situations is most likely to lead to transfer of learning, meaning the worker will apply that knowledge to their work when back on the job.
Explore the courses listed in the “Online Trainings” tab and the Additional Online Activities” tab of this Excel spreadsheet to find online training opportunities. These lists are by no means all-inclusive, but should provide a good starting point to develop an online training plan for when workers must work and/or learn remotely.
Click here to download a list of online training offerings.
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 2021. Meg Power will continue contributing as a consultant to CAP.