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Weatherization Assistance Program Formula [June 16, 2020]   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Introduction: "The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) was established in 1976 under Title IV of the Energy Conservation and Production Act (ECPA, P.L. 94-385, 42 U.S.C. §6861 et seq.). The WAP enables low-income families to permanently reduce their energy consumption by making their households more energy efficient. It is a formula grant program: funding flows from the Department of Energy (DOE) to state governments (including territories, beginning in 2007) and then to local governments and weatherization agencies. DOE program guidelines specify that a variety of energy efficiency measures are eligible for support under the program. The measures include insulation, space-heating equipment, energy-efficient windows, water heaters, and efficient air conditioners. [...] This report discusses the formula that is used to allocate WAP funds to state governments. The formula allocation has changed over time. The report begins with an introduction to WAP, including the program's statutory authority, current allocation procedure, and origin and evolution. Next, the report discusses the specific methods and factors for distributing WAP funds to the states, which involve a base allocation and a formula allocation. The report concludes with a discussion of issues for Congress and identifies some related legislation introduced in the 116th Congress."

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CRS Report for Congress, R46418
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2020-06-16
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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