2011 NASCSP Mid-Winter Conference | Bethesda, MD
Listed below are the documents and presentations given by the Department of Energy (DOE) and NASCSP staff at the 2011 NASCSP Mid-Winter Conference held in Bethesda Maryland from March 2-4. Presentations are listed according to the day and session in which they were delivered.
Wednesday, March 2 ^
Presenters: Jenae Bjelland, Director of the Healthy Homes Initiative, NASCSP; Bob Scott, Director of Energy Services, NASCSP
Presenter: Dave Finet, Executive Director, Opportunity Council
Thursday, March 3 ^
The Federal Perspective sessions will provide participants the opportunity to hear and discuss the latest WAP updates from federal Department of Energy (DOE) staff. Topics in Part 1 will include an ARRA WAP status update, programmatic outlook for 2011, key points from the 2011 Grant Guidance and other recent Program Notices, multi-family weatherization and other DOE initiatives. There will also be a discussion of WPN 11-3, which states that DOE funds cannot be used for any call-backs, including any routine maintenance, repairs, or warranty-type work on units that have been reported to DOE as completed units.
Presenters: Jean Diggs, Energy Technology Specialist, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program; Bob Adams, General Supervisor, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program; Holly Ravesloot, Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program; Greg Reamy, Senior Technical Advisor (Consultant); DOE staff
The Federal Perspective Part 2
This will be a continuation of the morning Federal Perspective session. Part 2 will introduce two additional topics – fiscal issues, with a review of the procurement issues most often noted in DOE monitoring and the IG/GAO reports and an update on the National WAP Evaluation with some preliminary results.
Presenters: Bruce Tonn, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Claire Cowan, Energy Center of Wisconsin
Presenter: Susan White, ACKCO; Claire Cowan, Energy Center of Wisconsin
Life After ARRA - What Your Colleagues are Planning
With the ARRA grant entering its final year, State and local WAP providers want to sustain as much of the built up network capacity as possible. With the likelihood of greatly decreased Federal funding, WAP providers are looking at leveraging opportunities to help fill the gaps. A State WAP manager will talk about her initial planning process and several WAP managers will discuss focused aspects of their plans and strategies to help sustain the capacity of their Weatherization Programs. Topics will include an introduction and overview of utility partnerships, fee for service and the Maine Housing Authority’s new partnership with Chevrolet to supplement WAP through a verifiable carbon reduction program.
Presenters: Marilous Cheple, Weatherization Program Manager, Minnesota Department of Commerce; Jo-Ann Choate, Program Manager, Maine Housing Authority
Presenter: Lisa Kesecker, Program Specialist, WV Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity
Presenter: Ken Robinette, Executive Director, South Central Idaho Community Action Partnership
Friday, March 4 ^
To help insure that WAP funds are spent in accordance with guidelines and regulations, DOE oversight and monitoring has been an even greater focus since the onset of ARRA. DOE staff will provide an update of monitoring issues, including a review of findings from IG/GAO reports, a review of DOE monitoring, an overview of the newly developed DOE monitoring instrument and the process and implementation of the quality assurance (QA) visits to inspect 30,000 ARRA jobs.
Presenters: Christine Platt-Patrick, Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program; Holly Ravesloot, Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program; Erica Burrin, Energy Project Specialist, U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory
Weatherization auditors have long observed a series of health and safety problems in homes to be weatherized. WAP professionals also understand that air sealing and other program measures can exacerbate other potential problems. Health and Safety measures are allowed when there is a reasonable cost and the actions will enable energy efficiency measures to be installed or are necessary as a result of weatherization work. The recent Health and Safety Guidance, WPN 11-6, contains some significant changes, not just in regards to allowable program measures, but also the construction of a State’s Health and Safety Plan section of their State Plan/On-File Information. This session will provide an in-depth discussion of the changes, development of the Health and Safety component of the State Plan and issues to consider in your program operations.
Presenters: Ryan Middleton, Energy Technology Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program; Michael Peterson, Energy Project Specialist, U.S. Department of Energy, Golden Field Office