Resolution No. 2009-7

The U.S. Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program

WHEREAS the U.S. Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) has over thirty (30) years of success in reducing the burden of energy prices for low-income households through the installation of energy efficient measures; and

WHEREAS WAP has developed and implemented exacting standards for ensuring its investments are cost-effective and provide long-lasting benefits to the participants; and

WHEREAS the WAP program has helped to develop an energy efficiency industry for low-income housing, including workers who weatherize low-income homes, energy auditors, companies that help low-income families increase their energy efficiency through low-cost measures, and that develop and test new advances in home energy science; and

WHEREAS the benefits of the program to its participants and their communities are approximately $1.67 for every dollar of DOE WAP investment based on annual energy savings of 30.5 MBtu;

[1] and

WHEREAS potential system benefits such as decreased need for additional resources and lower long-term energy costs can be realized from the energy saved due to weatherization programs; and

WHEREAS over the past 30 years, the weatherization program has helped low-income households reduce their total energy expenditures by an estimated 23 percent per year, with participating households able to allocate scarce resources for other necessities and helping low-income communities with job growth and better housing;[2] and

WHEREAS the average weatherized home reduces its carbon emissions by more than 1.7 tons per year for 20 years;[3] and

WHEREAS local and state Weatherization programs in the majority of the states have developed partnerships with local utilities (and other service agencies) that deliver and leverage the benefits of efficiency in low income communities; and

WHEREAS a key component of the Administration’s energy and environment agenda is to weatherize one million low-income homes a year; and

WHEREAS The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (P.L. 111-16) provides $5 billion for WAP, and the administration has set forth the goal of stimulating the economy by creating weatherization jobs in the hard-hit housing construction workforce and by helping low-income families reduce the cost of the energy bills, while increasing the number of low-income energy efficient homes and reducing carbon emissions; and

WHEREAS  there is a vital need for continuing high funding levels and production as initiated in 2009, so as to help a substantial proportion of low-income households cope with the expected rise in home energy prices for the foreseeable future; and

WHEREAS expanded WAP funding will most benefit program participants and the public by reducing energy bills, improving energy efficiency, and reducing carbon emissions, if expanded funding is spent wisely on effective programs;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that NASUCA urges Congress to maintain its current commitment to the mission of Weatherization and fund the program at a minimum of $450 million[4] in FY 2010 to help low-income families lower their bills and their homes’ carbon emissions;

FURTHER RESOLVED that NASUCA urges Congress to maintain a level of WAP funding in subsequent years sufficient to achieve the goal of weatherizing one million homes a year;

FURTHER RESOLVED that NASUCA encourages Congress, governmental agencies, and funded organizations to adopt measures that facilitate the effectiveness of spending in the public interest through transparency and accountability and

FURTHER RESOLVED that NASUCA authorizes its Standing Committees to develop specific positions and to take appropriate actions consistent with the terms of this resolution to secure its implementation, with the approval of the Executive Committee of NASUCA.  The Standing Committees or the Executive Committee shall notify the membership of any action taken to this resolution.


Boston, Massachusetts
June 30, 2009

[1]From ORNL/Con-493 “Estimating The National Effects of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program With State-Level Data: A Metaevaluation Using Studies From 1993 to 2005”, Martin Schweitzer, 2005, and energy expenditures based on the 2001 EIA Residential Energy Consumption Survey and prices from the EIA Annual Energy Outlook for 2009, Early Release.

[2]Weatherization Assistance Program Technical Assistance Center (WAPTAC), “Weatherization Works” updated July 2008 and WAP Overview citing ORNL/CON-493, ORNL/Con-484, EIA Feb.2008 STEO.

[3]ORNL/CON-493, ORNL/Con-484, EIA Feb.2008 STEO, from the WAPTAC, “Weatherization Works” updated July 2008 and WAPTAC WAP Overview.

[4] So far, for the regular FY 2009 WAP appropriations (outside of the Recovery Act funding), $250 million was provided for WAP in the FY 2009 Continuing Resolution (P.L. 110-329) and $200 million is provided for in the House version of the FY 2009 Omnibus (H.R. 1105).  The omnibus spending bill is in the Senate right now.