Since 2010, Virginia has received $28 million from the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and $13.6 million from the State Energy Program (SEP), resulting in the following benefits:
** States report outcomes of State Energy Program and Weatherization Assistance Program formula (annual) fund activities to DOE on a quarterly basis. The metrics above are outcomes of formula-funded activities since 2010.
Virginia’s State Energy Program at Work
Energy Savings Performance Contracting
Virginia uses State Energy Program funding to administer energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs), a performance-based energy contract with an energy performance contractor intended to significantly reduce energy costs of a state facility through one or more energy conservation or operational efficiency measures. For example, the Shenandoah Public Schools District entered into an ESPC to make capital improvements to the 10 schools in the district. Improvements included water-conserving fixtures, lighting controls, boiler replacements, and space conditioning control upgrade and expansion. The district has realized annual energy and maintenance cost savings of more than $475,000, including a 33% reduction in electricity (kilowatt hours), 19% reduction in natural gas, and 36% reduction in water (kGals).
The Mid-Atlantic PACE Alliance
Virginia and two state partners, Washington D.C. and Maryland, will develop a region-wide streamlined framework for commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) to stimulate the Mid-Atlantic PACE market. By promoting best practices, minimizing administrative burden for local jurisdictions, and focusing on outreach and education, the project will increase energy efficiency and renewable energy deployments in the region. The goal of the project is to enable the closing of approximately 160 commercial PACE projects. The project is also estimated to create nearly 800 jobs.
Learn more about SEP competitively awarded projects.
Virginia’s Weatherization Assistance Program at Work
The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development is the managing agency of Virginia’s Weatherization Assistance Program. Virginia subcontracts with 19 government and non-profit agencies to provide weatherization services to the states’ low-income residents.
Virginia is home to Community Housing Partners, one of the first IREC Accredited training providers in the nation. CHP’s 12,600-square-foot facility is one of 12 legacy national weatherization training centers.
Between 2010 and 2017, Virginia weatherized an average of 700 homes per year with formula funds.
Better Buildings Initiative
More than 900 organizations across many diverse sectors are now part of the Better Buildings Initiative. These leading organizations are working to reduce energy and water waste and modernize the nation’s buildings and industrial facilities to make a difference in the lives of everyday Americans. These partners represent more than 13% of total U.S. commercial building space, about 12% of the U.S. manufacturing energy footprint, and 140 state and local governments. For more information, visit the 2018 Better Buildings Progress Report.
Better Buildings Challenge
More than a third (350) of these organizations has taken the Better Buildings Challenge. This leadership initiative calls on CEOs, university presidents, building owners, state and local government leaders, and housing developers to reduce the energy use of their entire building portfolios by 20% within 10 years. The City of Roanoke, Arlington County, Fairfax County Public Schools, and Alexandria City Public Schools have taken on this challenge, and are making progress toward their energy reduction goals. As of 2017, public sector BBC partners have saved 69 trillion Btus of energy, $668 million, and 2.4 billion gallons of water.
Better Communities Alliance
The Cities of Richmond and Roanoke are two of the 44 municipal and county governments representing more than 43 million Americans that have joined the Better Communities Alliance to receive integrated expertise, resources, and peer-networking opportunities from across the government, nonprofit, philanthropic, and private sectors. To learn more, visit the Better Communities Alliance website. Additional resources include the Resource Portfolio and the Community Toolbox series.
Better Buildings Accelerators
DOE has engaged more than 200 diverse partners in a set of 17 total Better Buildings Accelerators, with over 100 unique public sector partners. The Accelerators are designed to demonstrate specific innovative policies and approaches, which will accelerate investment in energy efficiency upon successful demonstration. Each Accelerator is a targeted, short-term, partner-focused activity designed to address persistent barriers that stand in the way of greater efficiency.
From 2014-2016 and as one of 25 state and local agency partners, the Commonwealth of Virginia helped catalyze public-sector energy efficiency investments of over $2.1 billion in Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC). See demonstrated best practices in the ESPC Toolkit.
To learn more about other Better Buildings partners and solutions in Virginia and other states involved in the Better Buildings Initiative, check out the Better Buildings Partner map.
C-PACE Working Group
Arlington County, a participant in DOE’s Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) Working Group, is working with DOE support to learn about, launch, and refine C-PACE financing programs. Launched in 2018, the goal of these efforts is to stimulate $60 million in C-PACE investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy building upgrades by 2022. For more information, see the C-PACE Working Group.
Publications, Resources, Helpful Links
The Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office (WIP) is part of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and supports DOE's mission to create greater energy affordability, security, and resiliency.
WIP’s mission is to enable strategic investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies through the use of innovative practices across the United States in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders, including state and local organizations and community-based non-profits.
WIP is made up of two programs focused on state and local governments—the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and the State Energy Program (SEP)—and a team that develops and delivers targeted technical assistance and strategic initiatives to state and local governments.
SEP and WAP provide funding and technical assistance to states, territories, the District of Columbia, and native American tribes to enhance energy security, advance state-led energy initiatives, maximize the benefits of decreasing energy waste, and reduce energy costs for low-income households. Each state is the decision maker and administrator for SEP and WAP program activities within the state that are tailored to their unique resources, delivery and production capacity, and energy goals.