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Weatherization Assistance Program

The purpose of the Weatherization Assistance Program is to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons, reduce their total residential expenditures, and improve their health and safety.

The priority population for the Weatherization Assistance Program is persons who are particularly vulnerable such as the elderly, persons with disabilities, families with children, high residential energy users, and households with high-energy burden.

How will Weatherization funds be used?

The Office of Energy Resources contracts with the seven regional Community Action Agencies (CAPs) to provide weatherization services to eligible Rhode Island residents who live in their service area. In addition the Office of Energy Resources contracts with Rhode Island Housing to provide weatherization services in large, multi-family settings.

CAP Agencies Providing Weatherization Assistance Program Services.
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Weatherization providers conduct computerized energy audits using diagnostic equipment to determine the most cost-effective weatherization improvements for each dewelling. Improvements can include:

    • Installing insulation in walls, floors, and attics
    • Reducing air infiltration and pressure imbalances
    • Sealing and repairing ducts
    • Tuning and repairing heating and cooling units

Funds can also be used to address energy related health and safety problems or to perform incidental repairs.

What steps has Rhode Island taken and what is the status of Rhode Islandís Weatherization Assistance application?

Date Steps Taken
08/02/2010 All CAPs are using NEAT Audit System
07/23/2010 50% of single family house weatherization target met
03/30/2009 RFP issued for multi-housing weatherization projects
03/23/2009 Initial application submitted to the Department of Energy
04/01/2009 Initial Approval of Grant Award (10% of Total Allocation)
05/08/2009 Public Hearing on Weatherization Assistance Program application
05/12/2009 Comprehensive Weatherization Assistance application submitted to the Department of Energy
06/17/2009 Revised/Updated plan submitted to DOE
07/10/2009 Award Modification Received (Access to Additional 40% of Allocation)
09/21/2009 Department of Energy approval of full funding of programs
10/21/2009 Contracts issued to CAPs totaling $12.2 million
11/30/2009 Public hearing held on RI Housing distribution of funds for large multi-family housing units

View Rhode Islandís Weatherization Assistance Program application.

For more information on the State Weatherization Assistance Program, contact:
Julie Capobianco