Energy leveraging for Community Action Agencies
Many of the new leveraging initiatives focus on utility-weatherization partnerships. For example, the Michigan Community Action Agency Association won a contract to be the "Energy Optimization Administrator" for the entire state. In Maine, the state's Weatherization Assistance Program is quantifying their CO2 credit/offsets to earn program revenue. And representatives from Habitat from Humanity and Rebuilding Together, will be leading a matchmaking session for CAA housing programs.
CAA's have a unique leadership role in their community: coordinating housing, weatherization, economic and community development for low-income clients and communities. Thanks to the ARRA stimulus funding, in this past year the weatherization and community action networks have expended over $2.8 billion in ARRA funds and created more than 20,000 new full-time jobs. As ARRA funding winds down, there is a sense of optimism and innovation at the conference about the role of CAA's as community energy leaders, helping to ensure energy affordability and clean, green jobs.
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