DOE Announces Nearly $120 Million to Advance Innovative Weatherization Projects, Highlights Progress in the Program Nationally

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 08/20/2010 - 15:06.

I received a press release from the EPA today - DOE Announces Nearly $120 Million to Advance Innovative Weatherization Projects, Highlights Progress in the Program Nationally - highlighting $120 million in Federal stimulus funds going to 102 organizations across America to drive innovation under the Department of Energy's (DOE's) Weatherization Assistance Program... and none of the awardees are in Ohio (see list below). Linked to this article about this program is a table of homes weatherized around the county as of June 2010, through Federal stimulus funding, and Ohio is well represented - and I believe our house in East Cleveland was weatherized through such funding - it is disturbing no Ohio programs are part of this latest round of funding...! Why not?

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today award selections for approximately 120 organizations across the country that will receive nearly $120 million to drive innovation under the Department of Energy's (DOE's) Weatherization Assistance Program. These investments will enable successful weatherization agencies to expand their programs and will support new pilot projects to demonstrate innovative weatherization delivery and financial models and new technologies. Secretary Chu also announced that the program reached a new milestone in June—weatherizing more than 31,600 homes across the country.

"The weatherization program under the Recovery Act is successfully creating jobs in local communities, saving money for families, and reducing carbon pollution across the country," said Secretary Chu. "The funding announced today builds on the Department's existing investments in energy efficiency to continue to expand and drive innovations in the weatherization program that will provide even greater energy and cost savings to low-income families."

After ramping up last year, the Weatherization Assistance Program is now weatherizing homes at its optimal run rate—approximately 25,000 homes per month. And in June, states reported that more than 31,600 homes were weatherized with Recovery Act funding—the most ever in a month. This summer alone, more than 80,000 homes will be weatherized across the country. See the state breakdown of the homes weatherized through JunePDF.

The program is also creating thousands of jobs locally—putting carpenters, electricians and factory workers back to work installing insulation, upgrading appliances, and improving heating and cooling systems. According to state reports, the Recovery Act Weatherization Program supported more than 13,000 jobs in the second quarter of 2010.

As part of today's announcement, nearly $90 million in Recovery Act funds will be awarded to more than 100 high-performing local weatherization providers in 27 states to complement and expand their existing weatherization programs. Each of the selected organizations has already met their milestone of weatherizing 30% of their total production goal and spending 30% of their Recovery Act funds. These awards will allow these successful grantees for the first time to install renewable energy systems and cutting-edge energy efficiency technologies in homes to help families save even more on their energy bills. This includes installing technologies such as solar heating systems, solar photovoltaic panels and shingles, small-scale wind turbines, new insulation technologies, cool roofs, high-efficiency appliances, tankless hot water systems, high-efficiency combination boilers for hot water and heat, in-home energy monitors, and ductless heat pump systems. See the full list of award selectionsPDF.

An additional $30 million from the weatherization program's annual budget will fund 16 recipients that will demonstrate other innovative approaches to weatherizing low-income single and multifamily homes. Projects will include new types of weatherization partnerships, financial models that allow for greater private sector leveraging, workforce training and volunteer engagement, and the demonstration of new energy efficiency technologies like in-home energy monitors. Projects will also test combining weatherization services with a comprehensive 'green and healthy homes' approach that incorporates indoor air quality improvement and lead abatement services.

Grantees include organizations that have not historically been a part of the Department's Weatherization Assistance Program, including private companies, non-profit organizations, universities, city governments, and national partners like Habitat for Humanity and YouthBuild USA. These projects will help build the local capacity of new weatherization providers and will allow DOE to rigorously test the cost-effectiveness of a range of new weatherization approaches that have the potential to accelerate efforts to build an efficient and sustainable weatherization and retrofit market. See the full list of selected awardeesPDF.

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                                                                                      August 19, 2010
Grantees Selected for the Sustainable Energy Resources for Consumers Awards
$90 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support the use of a wide
range of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies by 103 high-performing local
weatherization providers across the country
Alabama: Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama in Florence has been selected to
receive $300,000 to install highly efficient tankless gas or heat pump water heaters.
Arizona: Three local Arizona agencies have been selected to receive a total of more than $3.1
million to install solar hot water systems and heat pump and hybrid water heaters.
     o Mesa-CAN, based in Mesa, will receive $275,000 to install solar and heat pump hot
         water systems.
     o The City of Phoenix’s Neighborhood Services Department will receive nearly $700,000
         to install solar and heat pump hot water systems.
     o Western Arizona Council of Governments, based in Yuma, will receive over $2 million
         to install hybrid water heaters.
Arkansas: The Central Arkansas Development Council, Inc. in Benton and Crawford-Sebastian
Community Development Council, Inc., based in Fort Smith, have been selected to receive more
than $2.3 million to install new high-efficiency, ENERGY STAR-qualified items including air
conditioning systems, clothes washers, and water heaters.
Colorado: Three local weatherization agencies in Colorado have been selected to receive more
than $950,000 to conduct an in-home energy monitor project. The agencies are Longs Peak
Energy Conservation located in Boulder and Longmont, Veterans Green Jobs based in Denver,
and Arapahoe County Housing and Community Development located in Aurora.
Florida: Pinellas County Urban League, based in St. Petersburg, has been selected to receive
$1.5 million to upgrade homes with a variety of new technologies, including tankless water
heaters, in-home energy monitors, cool roofs for mobile homes, and air conditioning upgrades.
Idaho: Six local weatherization providers have been selected to receive nearly $7 million to
install high-performance space conditioning system retrofits; condensing, tankless, and solar hot
water systems; cool roof technologies; and in-home energy displays; and to conduct a
community-based social marketing (CBSM) campaign. The agencies are:
         Canyon County Organization on Aging, based in Caldwell
     o
         Community Action Partnership, Inc., located in Lewiston
     o
         Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership, based in Idaho Falls
     o
         El-Ada Community Action Partnership, Inc., located in Boise
     o
         South Central Community Action Agency, based in Twin Falls
     o
         Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency, located in Pocatello
     o
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Illinois: The Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, in Chicago,
has been selected to receive nearly $7 million to install masonry foam insulation on existing
weatherization program homes.
Indiana: Five local weatherization agencies have been selected to receive over $1.3 million to
implement a variety of technologies.
     o Community Action Program of Evansville and Vanderburgh County, Inc., based in
         Evansville, will receive over $300,000 for the installation of tankless and solar hot water
         systems, solar panels, and heat pumps.
     o Tri-CAP (Dubois Pike Warrick Economic Opportunity Committee, Inc.), located in
         Jasper, will receive nearly $250,000 for LED lighting, geothermal heating and cooling,
         solar photovoltaics, and new water heating among other technologies.
     o Lincoln Hills Development Corporation, based in Tell City, will receive $200,000 for
         high performance windows, heat pumps, and tankless hot water systems.
     o Miami County YMCA, located in Peru, will receive over $220,000 for solar photovoltaic
         and solar hot water systems.
     o South Central Community Action Program, Inc., based in Bloomington, will receive
         nearly $400,000 for tankless water heaters, heat pump systems, and passive solar panels.
Maine: Six local weatherization agencies have been selected to receive nearly $7 million to
install solar hot water systems, hot water heat pumps, replace inefficient washers with ENERGY
STAR-qualified models, and perform select heating system upgrades. The local agencies are:
         Aroostook County Action Program, based in Presque Isle
     o
         Community Concepts, Inc. (CCI), located in South Paris
     o
         Kennebec Valley Community Action Program, based in Waterville
     o
         Penquis Community Action Program (PCAP), located in Bangor
     o
         Waldo Community Action Partners (WCAP), based in Belfast
     o
         Western Maine Community Action (WMCA), located in East Wilton.
     o
Maryland: Two local weatherization agencies in Maryland have been selected to receive over
$2.5 million. Garrett County Community Action Committee, based in Oakland, will receive over
$1 million to install wind, solar or geothermal renewable energy systems for low and very low-
income residents. C&O Conservation, Inc, located in Williamsport, will receive $1.5 million to
replace improperly sized HVAC equipment, saving energy and extending equipment life.
Massachusetts: Action for Boston Community Development, Inc, based in Boston, and
ACTION Incorporated located in Gloucester have been selected to receive $3 million to install
120 units of micro-combined heat and power, 300 units of Aerogel super insulation and 300 units
of solar domestic hot water in low-income households.
Michigan: Two local weatherization agencies in Michigan have been selected to receive nearly
$7 million. Muskegon-Oceana Community Action Partnership, Inc, in Muskegon, and Oakland-
Livingston Human Services Agency, located in Pontiac, will install residential wind turbines and
photovoltaic systems and perform deep energy retrofits.
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Minnesota: Seven local weatherization agencies in Minnesota have been selected to receive over
$6 million to install a variety of technologies.
    o Anoka County Community Action Program, based in Blaine, MN, will receive $100,000
        to install high-performance hot water systems.
    o Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency, Inc., located in Virginia, MN will receive
        $120,000 to install high-performance hot water systems.
    o Community Action Minneapolis, based in Minneapolis, will receive $1.4 million to
        install high-performance hot water systems.
    o Otter Tail-Wadena Community Action Council, Inc., located in New York Mills, MN,
        will receive nearly $2.2 million for solar air heating system installation and training.
    o Scott-Carver-Dakota CAP Agency, Inc., based in Shakopee, MN, will receive over
        $500,000 for pilot projects for centralized building controls for multi-family units and
        on-demand water heaters for mobile homes.
    o Sustainable Resources Center, located in Minneapolis, will receive $1.8 million for high-
        performance hot water systems and space-conditioning retrofits.
    o Three Rivers Community Action, Inc., based in Zumbrota, MN, will receive $50,000 to
        install high-performance hot water systems.
Missouri: Central Missouri Community Action in Columbia has been selected to receive
$550,000 to install geothermal heating systems in low-income households.
Montana: Three local weatherization agencies in Montana have been selected to receive over
$900,000 to test a variety of technologies.
    o Rocky Mountain Development Council, based in Helena, will receive over $450,000 to
        conduct home energy saving workshops and install in-home energy monitors, solar hot
        water systems and perform integrated whole-home energy retrofits to include heat,
        cooling, insulation and renewable electric systems.
    o District XII’s Human Resource Development Council, in Butte, will receive over
        $350,000 for home energy saving workshops, solar electric systems, deep energy
        retrofits, and to coordinate bulk purchasing networks.
    o Community Action Partnership of Northwest Montana, located in Kalispell, will receive
        nearly $100,000 for solar hot water systems.
Nevada: Four local weatherization agencies in Nevada will receive nearly $7 million to install
in-home energy monitors, photovoltaic systems, solar water heaters, heat pumps, residential
wind turbines, and perform deep efficiency retrofits. The agencies are:
        HELP of Southern Nevada, based in Las Vegas
    o
        Community Services Agency (CSA), located in Reno
    o
        Rural Nevada Development Corporation (RNDC), based in Ely
    o
        Nevada Rural Housing Authority (NRHA), located in Carson City
    o
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New Hampshire: Five local weatherization agencies in New Hampshire will receive over $2.5
million to implement a variety of technologies.
    o Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc., located in Concord, will
        receive $500,000 for solar space heating and solar photovoltaics.
    o Southern New Hampshire Services Inc., based in Manchester, will receive $600,000 for
        solar space heating, solar photovoltaics, and high performance hot water systems.
    o Southwestern Community Services Inc., located in Keene, will receive $500,000 for solar
        photovoltaics, high performance hot water systems, ENERGY STAR-qualified clothes
        washers, and qualified insulation upgrades.
    o Strafford County Community Action Committee, Inc., based in Dover, will receive
        $565,000 for a foam injection system, solar photovoltaics, and high performance hot
        water systems.
    o Tri-County Community Action Program, Inc., located in Berlin, will receive $400,000 for
        solar space heating, solar photovoltaics, and high performance hot water systems.
New Jersey: Burlington County Community Action Program, in Burlington, will receive
$300,000 to fund a range of technologies, including high performance space conditioning
equipment and hot water systems.
New York: Three local weatherization agencies in New York will receive over $1.3 million to
fund single and multifamily solar hot water systems and 10 small-scale residential wind systems.
    o Cattaraugus Community Action, located in Salamanca, will receive nearly $800,000 for
        single and multi-family solar hot water and residential wind generators.
    o Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc, based in Jamestown, will receive $200,000 for solar hot
        water and appliance energy meters.
    o Tompkins Community Action, located in Ithaca, will receive over $300,000 for solar hot
        water on a multifamily building.
North Dakota: Red River Valley Community Action Program, located in Grand Forks, has been
selected to receive nearly $500,000 to install geothermal heat pumps on a block of homes.
Oklahoma: Eight local weatherization agencies in Oklahoma have been selected to receive over
$2.5 million to implement a variety of technologies.
    o Community Action Agency of Oklahoma City and Oklahoma and Canadian Counties
        will receive $300,000 to install cool roofs.
    o Community Action Development Corporation, located in Frederick, will receive over
        $160,000 to install cool roofs.
    o Community Development Support Association, based in Enid, will receive $250,000 to
        install cool roofs.
    o Delta Community Action Foundation, located in Lindsay, will receive $350,000 to install
        hot water systems, cool roofs, and community-based social marketing.
    o Great Plains Improvement Foundation, based in Lawton, will receive $250,000 to install
        cool roofs and high-performance hot water systems.
    o Little Dixie Community Action Agency, located in Hugo, will receive over $200,000 to
        install cool roofs and high-performance hot water systems.
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     o Northeast Oklahoma Community Action Agency, based in Jay, will receive nearly
         $300,000 to install cool roofs and solar furnaces and to establish community-based social
         marketing.
     o Southwest Oklahoma Community Action Group, located in Altus, will receive nearly
         $500,000 to install hot water systems, solar photovoltaics, residential wind systems, and
         cool roofs and to establish community-based social marketing.
Oregon: Eight local weatherization agencies have been selected to receive nearly $7 million for
two projects, piloting the installation of solar photovoltaic systems and implementing a broader
set of sustainable energy efficiency alternatives. The following agencies will participate in the
solar photovoltaic pilot:
     o Aging Community Coordinated Enterprise & Supportive Services (ACCESS), based in
         Medford
     o Community Action Team (CAT), located in St. Helens
     o Community Services Commission (CSC), based in Corvallis
     o NeighborImpact, located in Redmond
     o Oregon Coast Community Action Agency (ORCCA), based in Coos Bay
     o Oregon Human Development Corporation (OHDC), located in Portland
     o United Community Action Network (UCAN), based in Roseburg
     o Yamhill Community Action Partnership (YCAP), located in McMinnville
In addition, ACCESS will undertake a broader project which will include installation of high-
performance hot water systems, triple-pane windows, radiant heat barriers, solar hot water
heaters, and other technologies.
Pennsylvania: The Commission on Economic Opportunity of Luzerne County in Wilkes-Barre
and the Scranton/Lackawanna Human Development Agency in Scranton have been selected to
receive nearly $1.4 million. Both will install hybrid water heaters and Scranton/Lackawanna will
also install in-home energy use monitors.
Vermont: Five local weatherization agencies in Vermont will receive nearly $5 million to
provide solar thermal and solar hot water technologies to low-income families; to use bulk
buying strategies and cooperative partnerships in buying solar technologies to lower the costs of
materials; and to employ community-based marketing approaches through efficiency coaches to
help families save energy and money.
     o Bennington-Rutland Opportunity Council, Inc., located in Rutland, will receive over
         $900,000.
     o Central Vermont Community Action Council, Inc., based in Barre, will receive over
         $900,000.
     o Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Inc., located in Burlington and
         Hinesburg, will receive over $1.1 million, and will undertake program management and
         evaluation in addition to the project.
     o Northeast Employment & Training Organization, Inc., based in Derby and St. Johnsbury,
         will receive over $900,000.
     o South Eastern Vermont Community Action, Inc, located in Westminster, will receive
         over $900,000.
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Virginia: Three local weatherization agencies in Virginia have been selected to receive
$4,500,000 to fund various technologies.
     o ElderHomes, Incorporated, located in Richmond, will receive $2.5 million to install high-
         performance hot water systems, efficient windows, high efficiency heat pumps, and solar
         photovoltaics.
     o PEOPLE, Incorporated of Virginia, based in Abingdon, will receive $1 million to install
         solar hot water systems, geothermal heating and cooling, and solar photovoltaics.
     o Total Action Against Poverty, located in Roanoke, will receive $1 million to install high-
         performance hot water systems, geothermal heating and cooling, cool roofs, and solar
         photovoltaics.
Washington: Eleven local weatherization agencies in Washington have been selected to receive
nearly $7 million to fund a variety of technologies.
     o Benton-Franklin Community Action Committee, located in Pasco, will install ductless
         mini-split heat pumps and heat pump water heaters.
     o Blue Mountain Action Council, based in Walla Walla, will install cool roofs and tankless
         water heaters.
     o City of Seattle Office of Housing will install tankless systems combining water and space
         heating, solar hot water, and heat pumps.
     o Clark County Department of Community Services, based in Vancouver, will install solar,
         hybrid, and tankless water heaters.
     o Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason, and Thurston Counties, located in Lacey,
         will install highly efficient windows, tankless hot water heaters, and ductless heat pump
         systems.
     o King County Housing Authority, based in Tukwila, will install ductless mini-split heat
         pumps and solar photovoltaics.
     o Lower Columbia Community Action Council, located in Longview, will install solar hot
         water systems.
     o Okanogan County Community Action Council, based in Okanogan, will install heat
         pump and solar hot water systems and heat recovery ventilation systems.
     o Pierce County Community Services, located in Tacoma, will install solar hot water
         systems.
     o Rural Resources Community Action, based in Colville, will install solar and tankless hot
         water systems and solar photovoltaics.
     o The Opportunity Council, based in Bellingham, will install solar and heat pump hot water
         systems, mini-split ductless heat pumps, solar photovoltaics, and deep energy retrofits.
West Virginia: Five local weatherization agencies in West Virginia have been selected to
receive nearly $500,000 to install high-performance hot water systems and cool roofs throughout
the state.
     o CHANGE, Incorporated, based in Weirton, will receive nearly $50,000.
     o Community Action of South Eastern West Virginia, located in Bluefield, will receive
         over $80,000.
     o Eastern West Virginia Community Action Agency, based in Moorefield, will receive
         over $80,000.
     o North Central West Virginia Community Action Assoc., Inc., located in Fairmont, will
         receive over $170,000.
o Southwestern Community Action Council, based in Huntington, will receive nearly
  $100,000.
 

 

 

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