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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.

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.

Model Testimony: Risks of On-Bill Financing

Provides detailed argument on the risks of on-bill financing for energy efficiency.

Model Testimony: Regulatory Commission Testimony

Excellent winning example of utilizing simple data to maintain or increase utility programs.

Tool: Rate Case Discovery Questions

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 Testimony – Fixed Charge Testimony

Offers model arguments to rebut rate proposals with high fixed charges.

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.

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.

Hard to Count 2020 Interactive Map

This map shows where hard-to-count communities are in each state.

CSBG T/TA Resource Center

This website is a resource for the Community Action Network to access an array of information and assistance designed to support efforts in serving low income families and addressing the causes of poverty in local communities.

Community Action Academy

Community Action Academy is the free, online learning hub for the Community Action Network.

Risk Management Portal

The Risk Management Portal was created for the Community Action Network by the Partnership and the Nonprofit Risk Management Center (NRMC) and updated in January 2018. This will be your entry page to the customized risk management tool designed specifically for CSBG eligible entities, as well as other tools and benefits, such as the ability to draft custom risk policies. The tool may be accessed directly free of charge.

Community Needs Assessment Tool

The Community Needs Assessment (CNA) Online Tool provides a significant amount of the secondary data to help you along your way to complete community needs assessment with the click of a button. Through the tool you can measure and visually represent the fundamental drivers of poverty in your community through access to thousands of databases, a report generator, and a mapping tool.

The CNA tool allows you to select specific state(s) and county(ies) to be included in your report, allowing you to focus on your particular service area, as well as select particular data elements to include (such as employment, education, nutrition, etc).


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