Since its creation in 1973, the Weatherization Assistance Program has enabled more than 6.4 million low income households to take control of their energy costs while improving the health and safety of their homes. Despite these efforts, the need for weatherization services continues dramatically outstrip federal funding for the program: more than 38.6 million households are currently eligible for services under the program and wait lists continue to grow.
As part of an effort to highlight the economic benefits of the weatherization program, VEIC Senior Consultant Elizabeth Chant was among a group of experts invited to participate in a "Discussion on the Weatherization Supply Chain," hosted by the White House and the National Association for State and Community Services Programs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, federal investment in the weatherization program support nearly 25,000 direct and indirect jobs, and the program creates 52 new jobs for every $1 million invested.
In her remarks at the meeting, Elizabeth highlighted the potential of smart grid and advanced metering technology to help low-income consumers take greater control of their energy usage. Under a project funded by the Department of Energy Weatherization Innovation Pilot Program, VEIC is currently partnering with Vermont's weatherization agencies to help ensure that the introduction of smart grid technology leads to deeper savings and benefits for their clients.
More information about the White House discussion can be found here: http://www.nascsp.org/White-House-Weatherization-Supply-Chain-Industry-Event.aspx