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1 1 NASCSP 2012 Mid-Winter Training Conference March 1, 2012 Washington, DC Weatherization Assistance Program: The Federal Perspective

2 2 Bob Adams, Program Lead/Supervisor Erica Burrin, Team Lead – Monitoring and Field Operations Holly Ravesloot, Team Lead – Policy and Communications Jennifer Somers, Team Lead – Training and Technical Assistance Carole Gates, Branch Chief Rob DeSoto, Branch Chief Scott Reinecke, Branch Chief WAP Management Staff Presented by: Bob Adams

3 3 Status of Recovery Act 2012 Allocations 2012 Application Process Health & Safety Recovery Act Modification Grant Transfer Process Recovery Act Closeout Weatherization Plus Status of T&TA Initiatives National Evaluation Multi-Family Weatherization Topic Areas Presented by: Bob Adams

4 4 Production  650,000 homes weatherized  Max: 32,397 homes (Dec. 2011)  Min: ~6 homes (April 2009)  Now: 23,315 homes (Jan 2012)  165,000 multi-family units completed  25% of total production Spending  $4.18 billion spent  Max: $ million (Dec. 2010)  Min: $2.98 million (April 2009)  Now: $ million (Jan. 2012) Energy and Cost Savings 1  $6.66 billion in energy cost savings*  $ million saved annually  377 million MBtus in heating and cooling energy savings*  million MBtus saved annually *These figures represent savings over the 20 year life of the measures. Cost savings are expressed in 2008 dollars. Jobs Supported  2 nd largest job creator in entire Recovery Act portfolio  13,230 jobs supported in Q4 of 2011 Status of Recovery Act Presented by: Bob Adams and Adam Guzzo 1 Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory TM-2010/66 (http:// weatherization.ornl.gov/pdfs/ORNL_TM pdf)

5 Allocations Presented by: Bob Adams and Adam Guzzo In the 2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act, Congress provided $65 million for allocation to WAP grantees Congress also provided the Secretary of Energy with the authority in PY 2012 to use a methodology other than the formula established in regulation to distribute the available funding The Secretary exercised that authority and the resulting PY 2012 allocation is intended to create WAP funding in PY 2012 comparable to funding levels prior to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The PY 2012 allocation uses a results oriented strategy that considers remaining fund balances grantees may have from the ARRA and prior year DOE Appropriations to distribute the Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 WAP Appropriations

6 Allocations Presented by: Bob Adams and Adam Guzzo DOE allocated PY 2012 funds to ensure two major outcomes: –1) grantees that spent their ARRA funds on time have adequate DOE funding to maintain their operations at pre ARRA levels; and –2) all grantees have adequate funds to operate throughout PY 2012, given the fund balances that are already allocated but remain unspent The 2012 Allocation was based on the following criteria: –Use of an appropriation amount of $210 million as the base “PY12 Target Allocation” for establishing funding for each grantee –Whether a significant portion of the “PY12 Target Allocation” is available in ARRA balances for at least half of a grantee’s PY 2012 PY 2012 “Target Allocations” were adjusted downward by 25 percent for grantees with such significant balances

7 Allocations Presented by: Bob Adams and Adam Guzzo The 2012 Allocation criteria (continued): –Whether more than the “PY12 Target Allocation” (adjusted for ARRA balance as described on previous slide) is expected to be available at the start of a grantee’s PY 2012 Grantees with a prior year balance totaling more than the “PY12 Target Allocation” did not receive additional FY 2012 funding –Whether more than 60 percent of the “PY12 Target Allocation” (adjusted for ARRA balance as described above) is expected to be available at the start of a grantee’s PY 2012 “Target Allocations” were adjusted downward by 50 percent for these grantees –Allocation of PY 2012 funds was provided to those grantees requiring additional DOE funds to reach their adjusted “PY12 Target Allocation” This allocation was equal to percent of the adjusted “Target Allocation” - the proportional share of the $65 million Appropriation relative to the sum of the adjusted target allocations

8 8 Each Grantee will submit a 2012 Plan Those Grantees with new 2012 Allocations will submit a new State Plan Application through Grants.gov and the PAGE online system Those Grantees without 2012 Allocations will submit a revised State Plan Application through PAGE only. The Application should include an SF-424 Application, Budget, Budget Justification, Annual File, and Master File. These elements should be entered as an amendment to the existing grant in the PAGE online system The WAP formula grants with project periods scheduled to end in 2012 are anticipated to have the grant period extended one year, regardless of whether the grantee received an allocation of new 2012 funds 2012 Application Process Presented by: Erica Burrin

9 9 Required as part of the 2012 application Must fully incorporate WPN 11-6 ASHRAE must be implemented “to the fullest extent possible” Those grantees unable to fully perform ASHRAE 62.2 must provide in their 2012 H&S Plan an implementation strategy including –Which components will be implemented in the field for 2012 –Why they are not prepared (lack of training, not enough time, etc.) –How they will get prepared (more training, phasing in, etc.) –When they plan to meet full compliance, no later than PY 2013 ASHRAE 62.2 cannot be altered without scientific support and justification provided in the H&S Plan and approved by DOE Health and Safety Presented by: Ryan Middleton

10 10 Final concurrence on the requests provided by HQ - 1/6/12 Project Officers (POs) to contact grantees to authorize submission of modifications through PAGE – 1/9/12 POs should have the technical review of modifications completed by 3/1/12 Contract Officers at NETL to approve modifications by 3/31/12 Recovery Act Modification Presented by: Erica Burrin

11 11 Grant Transfer from NETL to Golden Field Office Procurement –Grants will be transferred in batches –First batch transferred by 2/24/2012 –First batch includes 27 WAP Formula Grants with April 1 start date –Second batch of remaining 32 WAP Formula Grants transferred in April –Most ARRA WAP Grants (including WAP Training Center Grants) will be transferred in March or April Grant Transfer Process Presented by: Erica Burrin

12 12 Grant Transfer Actions –General notification letter sent to all grantees –Second letter sent prior to each batch of grant transfers –Second letter provides details: Date of transfer, ASAP account procedures, blackout period for ASAP draws –ASAP blackout period 5 days (or several weeks if grantee has not established Golden ASAP account) –Grantees may draw advance prior to blackout for projected needs Grant Transfer Process Presented by: Erica Burrin

13 13 Recovery Act Closeout Presented by: Bob Adams, Holly Ravesloot, and Greg Reamy Guidance –Closeout Guidance WPN 12-3 FAQs Searchable Database - Additional Questions Open discussion

14 14 Weatherization Plus Presented by: Bob Adams Current Effort –Brainstorming Webinars Communications and Messaging January 25 th Leveraging February 8 th Consistent Delivery of Quality Services February 22 nd New Markets and Existing Potential March 7 th –Face to Face Meeting March st Strategic Situation Analysis Establish Subcommittees and Plan Priorities Develop Subcommittee Work Schedule and Assignments –Strategic Plan Finalized June, 2012

15 15 Consistent funding gives the WAP the ability to take on long term projects and partnerships that support the entire industry. – Audit Tools – Lab Research – Building Science Case Studies – Training Network – Coordination with Federal agencies: HUD, EPA, USDA Leveraging – WAP has always been the catalyst. The consistent source of resources that allows other opportunities to grow Weatherization: The Roots of the Home Performance Industry Status of T&TA Initiatives Presented by: Jennifer Somers

16 16 The Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals: The technical experts of the Weatherization Assistance Program, together with NREL and partners from across the home performance industry are creating a suite of resources that will become the standard for success nationwide Standard Work Specifications (SWS) ―Single Family ―Mobile Home ―Multifamily Housing Training Program Accreditation ―Accreditation of Energy Efficiency Training Programs based on the JTAs is fully operational Worker Certifications WAP Investing in the Future DOE invested nearly $139 million in technical assistance to lay the foundation for high quality energy upgrades in America’s homes.

17 17 WAP invested in 26 new training centers and now has 39 training centers operating in 29 states National Weatherization Training Portal (NWTP):“virtual campus” enhances and supplement traditional classroom, lab, and in-field weatherization training, covers basic and advanced building science. – National Training & Education Resource (NTER) was designed to help the Weatherization program train workers fast and efficiently but for sustainability purposes was engineered to support a wide variety of training needs. – It is currently being used across EE/RE, DOE, federal agencies, colleges, universities and international organizations. WAP Investing in the Future The WAP Standardized Training Curriculum Weatherization Plus Health ―H&S Specific Training Priority Areas

18 18 Weatherization Plus Health The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Weatherization Plus Health initiative is a national effort to comprehensively and strategically coordinate resources to improve the energy efficiency, health, and safety of low-income homes. Weatherization Plus Health ensure energy efficient and healthy indoor environments by facilitating the establishment of strong, effective partnerships between DOE's Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and healthy homes providers. The National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) is implementing the project on behalf of DOE. KEY DELIVERABLES: Regional Conferences WeatherizationPlusHealth.org Wx & HH Reports for each Grantee Grantee Implementation of Wx Plus Health Best Practices for Referral Systems Training and Technical Assistance

19 19 WAP Investing in the Future Multifamily Energy Audit Tool MULTIPLEBLOCKSMULTIPLEBLOCKS Version 1 - simpler buildings & systems, few extras – Low-rise, up to four floors, separate treatment of corner and interior units, first and top floors – Individual dwelling unit space conditioning systems – Both dwelling unit and central-plant domestic hot water systems Version 2 - more complex buildings & systems, additional capabilities – High-rise with service core (elevators, etc.) – Central plant with built-up space conditioning systems – More complex measures, rules-based savings

20 20 WAP Investing in the Future Multifamily Energy Audit Tool: Existing Timeline Time Fall 2011WinterSpringSummerFall 2012WinterSpringSummer Version Features ~ Low-rise walkups ~ Individual HVAC ~ Central or individual hot water ~ High-rise ~ Built-up central systems ~ Rules-based measures Pilots Pilot test v1 Pilot v2 External input ACI: March 2011 ACI: March 2012 TAG Meeting Home Energy Saver APIs available to third-party software developers MF functionality in HES GUIs Version 1 BETAVersion 2 BETA Final Version 1 Final Version 2 NEAT: web-based

21 21 National Evaluation Status of the data collection –Continued surveying of large multi-family buildings clients –Continued surveying of crew chiefs and crew along with non-energy benefits study. Status of the Recovery Act evaluation –Acquiring data from state weatherization program databases Projected Publication of Results Impact Reports - StudyFinal Report Program CharacterizationApril 1 Eligible PopulationJune 1 Indoor Environmental QualityMay 1 NonEnergy Benefits***July 15 Mobile HomesJuly 1 Single FamilyJuly 1 Small Multi-FamilyAugust 1 Large Multi-FamilyAugust 1 Impact ReportSeptember 1 Process Reports - StudyFinal Report Field ProcessJune 15 Auditor Survey August 1 Crew Chief Survey Crew Survey Occupant SurveyJuly 15

22 22 Questions?


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