Energy leveraging for weatherization agencies

I'm in St. Petersburg, Florida, attending the National
Community Action Foundation and Community Investment Futures Energy
Conference
. Today is the conference kick-off and I'm looking
forward to learning more about how community action agencies (CAA's),
the prime movers of the US DOE weatherization program, are using energy
leveraging projects to end poverty and improve energy affordability.

Many of the new leveraging initiatives focus on utility-weatherization
partnerships. For example, the Michigan Community Action Agency
Association won a contract to be the "Energy Optimization Administrator"
for the entire state. In Maine, the state's Weatherization Assistance
Program is quantifying their CO2 credit/offsets to earn program revenue.
And representatives from Habitat from Humanity and Rebuilding Together,
will be leading a matchmaking session for CAA housing programs.

CAA's have a unique leadership role in their community: coordinating
housing, weatherization, economic and community development for
low-income clients and communities. Thanks to the ARRA stimulus
funding, in this past year the weatherization and community action
networks have expended over $2.8 billion in ARRA funds and created more
than 20,000 new full time jobs. As ARRA funding winds down, there is a
sense of optimism and innovation at the conference about the role of
CAA's as community energy leaders, helping to ensure energy
affordability and clean, green jobs.

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Tags: low-income, weatherization

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Comment by Tom White on December 11, 2010 at 10:08am

Jason,

a good resource for best practices in energy leveraging can be found at the Economic Opportunity Studies Leveraging Partnership Project Resources web site, http://www.opportunitystudies.org/weatherization-plus/leveraged-pro... .

Comment by Tom White on November 8, 2010 at 4:27pm
Todd,

one of the important presentations from NCAF was DOE's plan to implement a series of National Residential Retrofit Guidelines. You can read more about it here:
http://www.homeenergy.org/blog.php?id=113&blog_title=National_R....

Jason, there were more than a few presentations related to best practices in leveraging. I'm still working on my notes from the meeting but promise to post something here soon. Thanks for the nudge!

In the meantime, here's a link to one of the more interesting leveraging partnership programs that I heard presented: http://www.communityenergychallenge.org
Comment by Jason Schaefer on November 8, 2010 at 7:23am
Tom,

I'm working on a SERC grant and looking for best practices to leverage funding. Did anyone give a presentation outlining some best practices?
Comment by Todd Chamberlain on October 28, 2010 at 3:26am
What is coming out of the meeting?
Comment by Evan Mills on October 25, 2010 at 4:15pm
Looks like another ARRA success story in the making!

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