The Weatherization Leveraged Partnerships Project is funded by the Department of Energy to offer training and assistance to local WAP organizations  in designing private partnerships and programs that leverage the WAP.

Congratulations to ERICA BURRIN for being selected as the Dept. of Energy's WAP Program Manager this month, following a national recruitment outreach by DOE. She had  been officially the Acting WAP Program Manager since May 2018. 
She is well known to members of the WAP network as an energetic public servant responsible for managing the recent changes and innovations in the WAP; however, all should also know her career path to this position began at SCCAP, the Community Action agency in her home town, Bloomington, IN.  She then became Assistant Manager of Community Action Programs (CSBG, LIHEAP and WAP) for the State of Indiana Department of Housing and Community Development. 

Erica entered federal service just as the WAP expansion under the Recovery Act began in 2009. She is looking forward to ever-growing engagement with all the organizations and people that make up the WAP network and to keeping Weatherization transparent, making it more simple where possible , and  ensuring Weatherization Works.
OCTOBER 3, 2018 2:00PM ET/1:00PM CT/12:00PM MT/11:00AM PT

As we kick off Weatherization month, listen in for an update from the Department of Energy (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) Manager Erica Burrin. Recently installed as the permanent Program Manager, Erica will provide an overview of DOE's focus on performance management and response to the American Customer Satisfaction Survey and focus group style Solution Summits. She will discuss how all levels of the network can engage in this continued process of feedback and improvement. 

Also take a look at these other fall webinars hosted by CAP - they are all free, just require an email address to register and are open to CAAS, WAP organizations and partners.

Congress passed full year 2019 appropriations for key domestic programs, including WAP. For the third year in a row, the program was awarded an increase. This decision reflects Congressional rejection of the Administration call to terminate the program, along with LIHEAP and CSBG. Funding will be about 20% higher than in PY 2016; the funding now slightly exceeds the inflation-adjusted resources of the 2008 program, the year before the vast expansion under the Recovery Act.

Final DOE WAP Appropriations 2016-2019 (in million $$)
PY 2016
PY 2017
PY 2018

Sign up to receive an email notification when new Weatherization Program Notices, Memorandums, or other training resources are posted online.  CAP is highly encouraging members of the network to sign up for this option to directly receive a notice when new information from the DOE team has been released. 

See highlighted screenshots below and WAP Memorandum 041 for where to sign up and be sure to complete the preferences page to only receive updates on WAP.


No new applications will be accepted after September 30th, but approved applicants will now have until October 14, 2018 to schedule and complete their exams. 

Eligible pilot exam takers will receive an approval letter from BPI via email that specifies which exam(s) they have been approved for and if they qualify for the DOE subsidy.  For those  who have already been approved, please make sure you schedule your exams with a  BPI Test Center  that  is offering the pilot exams.  For those approved for the subsidy, you must take your exams at a WAP Test Center, which is denoted by "WTC" on the map and provide them with a copy of your letter. 

Review of Changes to the EA and QCI Certifications:
  • The HEP QCI certification will change from a full-scope certification to a small-scope micro-credential. A significant portion of a QCI's tasks are to ensure the energy audit was completed correctly and to inspect the work scope described in the energy audit. Therefore, QCI candidates will be required to hold an active BPI HEP EA certification to renew or sit for the new QCI exam.
  • The revised QCI certification exam will consist of a shorter online exam only. There will not be a field exam for the QCI certification.
  • The revised EA online and field exams have been streamlined to prevent duplicate skills and tasks.

Please refer to DOE's General Home Energy Professional brochure for your specific certification scenario (e.g., new candidate, renewal, etc.). Please reference the official DOE WAP Memorandum 036: Energy Auditor and Quality Control Inspector Certification Scheme Updates.


The Weatherization Leveraged Partnerships Project hosted a five-session Energy Partnerships track at this year's conference comprised of peer-to-peer innovations and lessons learned, interaction and updates with DOE, and highlights from national experts on energy advocacy.
Designing and Integrating Energy Assistance Programs - Energy Outreach Colorado
Access to Solar: Project Updates and Consumer Protection Cautions
WAP Monitoring: State Perspective and Ways Subgrantees Can Prepare - 
NASCSP and MI Weatherization Training Center
Current Utility Regulatory Issues and How You Can Respond - 
National Consumer Law Center and Community Action Partnership of Oregon


Weatherization Day Kick Off Webinar
Weatherization Day Kick Off Webinar
Presented by Natalie Kramer of CAP, Eric Behna of NASCSP, and David Bradley of NCAF
Applying Weatherization Expertise to Local Energy Equity Coalitions
Applying Weatherization Expertise to Local Energy Equity Coalitions
Presented by Madiana Mustapha from Energy Efficiency for All featuring the Southwest Georgia Community Action Council and  Georgia Watch

Our goal as the Weatherization Leveraged Partnerships Project is to offer training and assistance to WAP organizations in designing private partnerships and programs that leverage the WAP.

We are available to assist your local Weatherization Network in getting started with leveraging or responding to challenges in current partnerships. For assistance contact Natalie Kramer.
Weatherization Leveraged Partnerships Project at Community Action Partnership

This publication was created by the National Association of Community Action Agencies - Community Action Partnership, in the performance of the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Grant Number, EE0008051. Any opinion, findings, and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.