Goal: By 2030, weatherize 90,000 additional homes, particularly of low-to-moderate income Vermonters who make less than 120% of average median income – including renters.

weatherization: actual vs projectedThe framework of Vermont’s ambitious climate goals is built on the foundation of energy efficiency, yet we have not mobilized the funds required to invest in weatherization at scale to shift the trajectory of our greenhouse gas emissions, while also providing financial savings and improved home safety and comfort to Vermonters. A pitch at the 2020 EAN Summit proposed a massive recapitalization of Vermont’s weatherization investment to fund more than 100,000 home retrofits for low- and moderate-income households over the next decade. 

The initiative called for an all-of-the-above funding plan to include:

  • Establish innovative funding partnerships and consider non-traditional revenue sources, including leveraging private funds and non-state bonds
  • Consider alternative repayment models: Research to-the-meter and other financing models to pair with grants (incentives) and stretch available funds to meet the goal 
  • Deploy partnership model to work with fuel dealers, community action agencies, efficiency and distribution utilities, weatherization contractors, and private construction to speed weatherization work, and explore clean heat possibilities

Structure and Progress of Weatherization Coalition

The Weatherization at Scale Coalition is now made up of a Steering Committee and several ad hoc and standing work-groups working on topics like:

  • Weatherization Repayment Assistance Pilot (WRAP)
  • Technical Approaches
  • Weatherization Workforce
  • Messaging and Communications. 

Significant funding was made available for Weatherization in Vermont’s 2021 Budget. This included:

  • $9 million to support a Weatherization Repayment Assistance Pilot (WRAP) through Vermont Housing Finance Agency
  • $5 million to Efficiency Vermont for weatherization incentives
  • $2 million to Efficiency Vermont and NeighborWorks of Western Vermont for workforce development and expansion of the Heat Squad program. 
  • $4 million to the Office of Economic Opportunity for the Home Weatherization Assistance Program
  • $1.5 million to support Financial and Clean Energy Coaches

Similar funding was proposed in Governor Phil Scott’s 2022 State of Vermont budget. 

Network members and partners supporting this effort: 

  • VGS (Neale Lunderville)
  • Energy Futures Group (Richard Faesy)
  • Vermont Housing Finance Agency – VHFA (Maura Collins, Chris Flannery, Ken Pulido)
  • Efficiency Vermont (Kelly Lucci, Dan Reilly)
  • Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (Dwight DeCoster)
  • NeighborWorks of Western Vermont (Heather Starzynski, Melanie Paskevich)
  • Vermont Public Power Supply Authority
  • Preservation Trust of VT (Alex Tolstoi)
  • VT Passive House (Enrique Bueno)
  • Marc Mihaly
  • Plus Advisors from: Regulatory Assistance Project, Vermont Public Service Department, Vermont Natural Resources Council, environmental groups, legislators, and others. 

 

Additional Resources 

Find the memo the Weatherization at Scale Action Team sent to the Public Service Department and Climate Council in October 2021 here: Weatherization at Scale memo

June 21, 2021 Webinar describing the current Weatherization Coalition structure and invitation to get involved.

8 Healthy Homes, Happy Planet_ Wx at scale - Final

VT Warms – Improving housing affordability and municipal building efficiency through weatherization – overview of Governor Scott’s budget proposal which includes $16 million to VHFA to develop programs that leverage private capital to expand the reach of Vermont’s low-to-moderate income weatherization efforts and support the delivery of those programs and projects.

VNRC – Climate Dispatch interview with Senator Christopher Bray, Chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee about Weatherization for All. February 19, 2021

VPR interview – “Weatherization is About Warming Vermonters’: How Gov. Scott’s $25M Proposal Would Be Spent” February 3, 2021

VTDigger article – “Housing advocates say Scott’s priorities address unmet needs” January 26, 2021

Video of this Pitch at the October 2020 EAN Summit 

If you are interested in learning more or getting involved in this project, please contact Cara Robechek cara@eanvt.org.

Note: Network Action Team projects were selected by the Network membership through a competitive process at the EAN annual summit. Although Network members may support specific policy actions as part of their work on these Action Teams, EAN staff serve in the role of neutral convener and refrain from advocating for specific policies.

Contact EAN

  • Jared Duval

    Jared Duval

    Executive Director
    802‑829‑7421   jduval@eanvt.org
  • Cara Robechek

    Cara Robechek

    Deputy Dir. & Network Manager
    802-552-8450   cara@eanvt.org
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