Category: Energy and Green Intiatives

WAP Ranked as Second Highest Recovery Act Job Creator

January 7, 2012

By Rebecca Stewart The U.S. Department of Energy’s low-income Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) created or retained more than 13,000 jobs in the fourth quarter of 2011, ranking second out of approximately 200 federal programs funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). Weatherization-related jobs employ highly trained, skilled technicians who install a

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But Wouldn’t That Be Seen as Self-Serving?

January 7, 2012

By Annette Odren, Sales Representative for The Energy Conservatory Last February during the Mid-Winter Training conference several members of the NASCSP board and executive staff mentioned they had been discussing the idea of taking vendors to Capitol Hill.  The hope was that hearing from businesses would strengthen arguments for continued support of weatherization and the networks crucial

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Keeping an Eye on U.S. Environmental Sustainability: An Energy and Climate Policy Update

January 7, 2012

By Jovita A. Tolbert, National Alliance for Sustainable Communities An affiliate of NASCSP, the mission of the National Alliance for Sustainable Communities (NASC) is “to create a sustainable future for all Americans.” Learn more at: www.nascsp.org/NASC.aspx. Looking Back, Heading Forward The close of 2011 brought with it an end to a number of federal subsidies for renewable energy

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DOE and GAO Agree that WAP is Meeting Recovery Act Goals

January 7, 2012

By Alice Gaston The challenge by the President was steep: weatherize over 600,000 homes across the nation in three years. Difficulties in meeting this goal abounded from Davis-Bacon wages to Historic Preservation requirements, from new reporting obligations to training qualified workers. After only two and half years, however, the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is on target to exceed

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WAP Corner: 2011 National Weatherization Conference Recap

January 1, 2012

By Rebecca Stewart The dynamic, music-filled city of New Orleans provided the backdrop for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 2011 National Weatherization Training Conference (NWTC) at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on December 13-15, 2011. Despite the enticements offered over on Bourbon Street, there were over 3,000 attendees, shattering the previous record number of attendees in 2009,

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