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2012 NASCSP Mid-Winter Conference | Washington, DC

Listed below are the documents and presentations given by the Department of Energy (DOE) and NASCSP staff at the 2012 NASCSP Mid-Winter Conference held in Washington, DC from February 29th through March 2nd. Presentations are listed according to the day and session in which they were delivered.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 ^

Annamaria Garcia, Acting Program Manager, WAP, OWIP, EERE, U.S. DOE

Thursday, March 1, 2012 ^

The Federal Perspective sessions will provide participants with the opportunity to hear and discuss the latest WAP updates from Federal DOE staff. Topics will include updates on Recovery Act and annual grant production and expenditures, programmatic outlook for 2012 and beyond, the status of DOE training and technical assistance (T/TA) initiatives, DOE and Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) monitoring, the national evaluation, and Recovery Act close-out. Lastly, presenters will provide updates on Health and Safety, the Sustainable Energy Resources for Consumers (SERC), Innovative grants, and Weatherization Plus Health. DOE will also discuss and provide an update of the Weatherization Plus 2015 Committee and its vision and goals for advancing WAP in the Post-Recovery Act period. There will be ample time provided for discussion and Q&A.
Presenters: Robert Adams, Supervisor, WAP, OWIP, EERE, U.S. DOE; Erica Burrin, Energy Project Specialist, OWIP, EERE, U.S. DOE; Michael Peterson, Energy Project Specialist, Golden Field Office, U.S. DOE; Holly Ravesloot, Lead Energy Technology Program Specialist, OWIP, EERE, U.S. DOE; Carl Saueressig, Energy Project Specialist Golden Field Office, U.S. DOE; Jennifer Somers, Team Lead for Training and Technical Assistance/Policy Advisor, OWIP, EERE, U.S. DOE
WAP Leveraging & Market Transformation, Part 1
As Recovery Act grants come to a close, State and local WAP providers are looking to build on the advances made in the program and sustain as much of the built-up network capacity as possible to continue to deliver quality low-income weatherization services. With the greatly decreased FY 2012 funding and uncertainty about future Federal funding, the WAP network must look at leveraging opportunities and perhaps redefine itself in order to position the network. By doing so, the network will have the opportunity to expand into additional related low-income services and begin exploring markets beyond traditional low-income weatherization. Part 1 of this session will focus on leveraging, including how to fund a leveraging effort with DOE funds, past successful efforts, roles for States, and current initiatives. Then the focus will shift to a discussion about fee for service models, with an experienced fiscal officer sharing her perspective on the process.
Presenter: Paul Krievins, Deputy Director of Energy Programs, IN Housing and Community Development Authority
Presenter: Steve Payne, Managing Director, Community Services and Housing Division, WA Department of Commerce
Presenter: Michelle Picklesimer, Financial Officer; South Central Community Action Partnership
WAP Leveraging & Market Transformation, Part 2
Part 2 of this session will focus on possible new markets and directions for WAP, including the Weatherization Plus Health initiative and the potential for carbon credits to be a viable financial resource for WAP. You have heard a lot about Weatherization Plus Health over the past year – now hear what it truly means for you. We will do a quick review on how to get started, what tools are available, resources to help (including funding) and next steps in NASCSP’s Weatherization Plus Health project. The discussion on carbon markets will provide an overview of carbon credits and renewable energy credits, identify who is buying and who is selling, and share Maine’s successful partnership with Chevrolet and its potential as a model for other states.

Presenter: Jo-Ann Choate, Energy Policy Advisor, MaineHousing Authority
Presenter: Joel Eisenberg, Program Manager, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Friday, March 2, 2012 ^

Despite the continued success of WAP under the Recovery Act, the network remained under fire in the media. This negative press likely had a negative impact on FY 2012 funding and has hurt support for the program. It is critical that the WAP network tell its story to legislators and other stakeholders to ensure the successes get to the right people. This session will reintroduce the many tools available for public information and messaging but will focus on a unified strategy for making a local and national impact to turn the public discourse on WAP in a positive manner, with ideas and best practices for States that may have some restrictions on what they can do.
Presenters: Jessica Balsam, Energy Technology Program Specialist, EERE, U.S. DOE; Marilou Cheple, Weatherization Program Manager, MN Department of Commerce; Alice Gaston, Program Assistant, Energy Services, NASCSP;
Presenter: Lisa Kesecker, Consultant, Energy Design and Services; Karen Moe, Energy Conservation Specialist, Minnesota Community Action Partnership
Related Documents
WAP: Consistent Delivery of Quality Services
While the WAP network has made great strides in ensuring that we provide quality energy efficiency services consistently throughout the nation, there is still room for improvement as well as an ever-changing landscape of new technologies requiring ongoing training and skill development. Presenters will discuss WAP initiatives to help ensure quality services, including the development of standardized work specifications, worker certifications, training program accreditation, and resources. Next steps in the continuing evolution of technical training and proficiency will also be discussed.
Presenter: Randy Bennett, WAP Program Manager, IL Office of Energy Assistance
Presenter: Michael Furze, Green Initiatives Specialist, NM Mortgage Finance Authority
Presenters: Josh Olsen, Energy Project Specialist, OWIP, EERE, U.S. DOE; Jennifer Somers, Team Lead for Training and Technical Assistance/Policy Advisor, OWIP, EERE, U.S. DOE