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Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program Success Stories


U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office (WIP) success stories are listed below by program.

You can also read all WIP success stories below.

August 15, 2016
The Energy Department's Weatherization Assistance Program services every political subdivision in the country through a network of 59 grantees: 50 states, the District of Columbia, five U.S. territories, and three select Native American tribes.
Celebrating 40 Years of America’s Weatherization Assistance Program

The Energy Department is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Weatherization Assistance Program, which has retrofitted more than 7 million homes across the U.S. and has led the nation in advancing technology, research, and applied scientific practices to make homes energy efficient.

April 7, 2016
These before and after photos of Lake Oroville in Northern California show the dramatic results of extended years of drought.  Funding support from the Energy Department to California’s Appliance Efficiency Program is lowering flow rates for faucets and showerheads as well as helping the state maintain a nearly constant level of electricity consumption per capita.
Energy Department Assists with Conserving Water in California

The Energy Department is helping California address severe drought conditions by supporting their Appliance Efficiency Program which lowers flow rates for faucets and showerheads as well as helps the state maintain a nearly constant level of electricity consumption per capita.

March 9, 2016
Energy Department financial support for Alaska is helping remote facilities like the Toksook Bay Well House to identify critical savings opportunities with energy monitoring software. Toksook Bay has a population of about 600.
Building Energy Monitoring Software Aids Native Alaskan Villages

Energy Department financial aid to improve energy efficiency and renewable energy is especially critical in Alaska because harsh climate and the enormity of the state complicates fuel and electricity distribution, resulting in some of the highest energy prices in the country. A portion of Energy Department aid to Alaska is helping with the development and testing of building energy monitoring software to increase a building efficiency and performance. The software is already being widely applied in Alaskan Native villages, cutting energy costs and providing other vital services.

February 29, 2016
Before-and-after scenes of the energy-saving renovations at Oregon's Lowell School District in summer 2015. Upgrades included insulation of attics and exterior walls, roof replacements, and removal and replacement of asbestos siding.
Oregon School District Benefits from Energy Improvements

Financial support from the U.S. Department of Energy to Oregon's state energy office has helped the state support energy retrofits for several schools and allowed seven classrooms -- previously left vacant due to a lack of heating -- to open for students to use. The renovations revitalized a school district, while boosting energy efficiency.

December 21, 2015
State Energy Program funds from the U.S. Department of Energy supported the installation of batteries to store energy from this solar system at Nevada's Beaver Dam State Park near the Utah border.
Nevada’s State Park System Strengthens Attractions with Solar

The state park system across the U.S. is critical to historic preservation, natural history, wildlife conservation, and education. The Energy Department plays an important role in supporting state parks thought clean energy investment.

October 9, 2015
The City of Greensburg, Kentucky, established an energy savings performance contract to make HVAC and lighting improvements in several city buildings, saving money and improving comfort for building occupants. | Courtesy of Greensburg, Kentucky
Energy-Saving Solutions in the Bluegrass State

The Energy Department is continuing partnerships with state and local governments to advance efficiency in both energy and water use. One way of doing this is by implementing Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC), an approach to making improvements that reduce energy and water use and increase operational efficiency without upfront costs.

October 6, 2015
Energy Department Announces State Energy Program National Evaluation Results

The Energy Department announced today the results of a major national evaluation during a typical year in the State Energy Program (SEP) operations, as well as during the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) period. The results reaffirm the Energy Department's long-standing commitment to drive economic development and reduce carbon emissions at the state level. 

The purpose of the study was to develop independent key outcomes for program year 2008 and the ARRA time period from 2009–2013.

September 21, 2015
Students participating in the NEED Project at Scituate High and Calcutt Middle Schools planted 14 trees in Central Falls, Rhode Island.
Energy Department Helps Rhode Island Schools Teach Energy Essentials

As the school year begins anew across the nation, Rhode Island is at the frontier of energy education, offering a state-of-the-art curriculum in many of its schools. With the help of funds from the Energy Department’s State Energy Program, the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources continues its partnership with the nonprofit National Energy Education Development Project (NEED) to provide energy education materials to schools and organize workshops to train teachers on energy curricula.

August 12, 2015
Paul Thomsen, Director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy, announces the new Nevada Electric Highway Joint Initiative in Carson City, Nevada. He was joined at the event by Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell, left, NV Energy CEO Paul Caudill, and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. The Initiative received financial support from the Energy Department's State Energy Program.
SEP Success Story: Energy Department Supporting Nevada's Effort to Increase Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Along Major U.S. Highway

With help from the State Energy Program, the Nevada Governor's Office of Energy and the local utility NV Energy were able to create the Electric Highway joint initiative to connect the two major urban centers in the state, Las Vegas and Reno, and install charging stations along the route.

July 20, 2015
Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program Success Stories
SEP Success Story: Energy Department Funding Helping Energy-Intensive Dairy Industry

With help from the State Energy Program, eight dairies in Colorado received a free energy audit and energy saving recommendations through the Colorado Dairy and Irrigation Efficiency Pilot.

April 29, 2015
Grand Junction's CNG station fuels the city's fleets and county buses and is available to fuel public vehicles as well. Pictured above, a Grand Valley Transit bus is preparing to refuel.
SEP Success Story: City in Colorado Fueling Vehicles with Gas Produced from Wastewater Treatment Facility

The City of Grand Junction built a 5-mile underground pipeline to transport compressed natural gas (CNG) from a local wastewater treatment facility to a CNG station using a grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and seed funding from the Energy Department's State Energy Program.

February 19, 2015
The Rocky Mountain Youth Corps' Jasmine Ramero found a new career in weatherization with help from the Energy Department.| Photo courtesy of Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
How the Weatherization Assistance Program Changed Jasmine’s Life

Jasmine Ramero learned how to weatherize homes through a program supported by the Energy Department, as a member of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. She has distinguished herself and was honored as the National Corps Network's Corpsmember of the Year.

August 25, 2014
Pictured here is one of the solar arrays that is providing New Bedford with clean, renewable energy to power its municipally owned buildings. This ground-mounted solar array is built on a brownfield site. | Photo courtesy of Con Edison Solutions.
EECBG Success Story: New Bedford Builds Foundation for Energy-Centric Economic Development

New Bedford, Massachusetts designed and implemented a modern energy infrastructure to provide power to municipally owned buildings from an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) from the Energy Department. Learn more.

May 30, 2014
The SunSmart Program has installed solar power systems at schools designated as emergency shelters throughout Florida. | Photo by Amy Kidd
SEP Success Story: Florida's SunSmart Program Helps Provide Power to Schools When Storms Strike

This hurricane season, which officially starts on Sunday, the Sunshine State will be more ready than usual to recover from storms that wreak havoc, thanks to the SunSmart Schools and Emergency Shelters Program. Learn more.

April 23, 2014
Shreveport, Louisiana's first public heavy duty CNG fueling station officially opened on Earth Day. | Photo courtesy of Ivan Smith Furniture
SEP Success Story: Louisiana Company Makes Switch to CNG, Helps Transform Local Fuel Supplies

A Shreveport, Louisiana, company is switching to a locally-produced, cleaner source of fuel and helping other distribution fleets do the same. Learn more.

April 17, 2014
Upgrades such as new energy efficient lighting have helped slash energy use at the RiverCentre parking ramp in St. Paul, Minnesota by 50%. | Photo courtesy of City of St. Paul
EECBG Success Story: St. Paul Parking Ramp Serves as a Model for Sustainability

The RiverCentre parking ramp in St. Paul, Minnesota, is racking up big savings. Energy-efficient improvements made to the structure by state and local officials have cut energy use by 50%, saving thousands of dollars annually. Learn more.

April 8, 2014
ZF North America used Alabama E3 funding to create a recycling program that saves more than $100,000 a year in trash pickup and landfill fees. Pictured here are workers in the Tuscaloosa location, which provides Mercedes with complete axle systems. | Photo courtesy of ZF North America, Inc.
SEP Success Story: Local Program Helps Alabama Manufacturers Add Jobs, Reduce Waste and Increase Profits

E3, a joint federal initiative between the Energy Department’s State Energy Program, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Labor, USDA, the Small Business Administration, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership, is helping manufacturing facilities increase competitiveness through efficient production processes, reducing waste, lowering costs, growing jobs and encouraging innovation. Learn more.

March 25, 2014
A worker installs energy-saving streetlights on Colorado Avenue. | Photo courtesy of Springs Sustainability
EECBG Success Story: Colorado Springs Gets an Energy Saving-Facelift

In 2009, the city of Colorado Springs received $3.6 million in Recovery Act funding from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program. Since then, the city has invested the money into several projects to reduce energy waste throughout the community. Learn more.

November 27, 2013
Diversified Power International President Tony Trigiani inspects a part at DPI's headquarters in Tennessee. DPI is expanding its engineering, development, and manufacturing operations to keep up with demand. | Photo courtesy of Chris Davis, Tennessee Solar Institute
SEP Success Story: Small Company Makes Big Changes to Boost Clean Energy Economy

Through the Energy Department’s State Energy Program, Diversified Power International leveraged funds from the Tennessee Solar Institute, funded by the Tennessee State Energy Office, to provide high-level training to both its existing and new employees and upgrade its production facility. The upgrades included new equipment and new process lines, as well as energy efficiency measures. Learn more.

November 26, 2013
Thanks to the Energy Department, Delaware-based Brandywine CAD Design was able to breathe new life into a local historic building while saving on its energy costs. | Photo courtesy of Brandywine CAD Design.
SEP Success Story: Delaware Company Breathes New Life into Old Post Office Building

With the help of the Energy Department’s State Energy Program, Brandywine CAD Design, Inc. set out to create a new workspace. The long-term goal: qualify for the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rating -- something that they hope to achieve by mid 2014. Learn more.

November 8, 2013
The Jackson County Welcome Center in Moss Point, Mississippi. The Mississippi Public Service Commission has approved new rules that will help provide utility customers several pathways to increase energy efficiency. | Photo courtesy of Energy and Natural Resources Division, Mississippi Development Authority
SEP Success Story: Mississippi Adopts New Rules to Save Energy, Money

An economic impact statement issued by the Mississippi Public Service Commission indicates new energy efficiency rules could potentially save the state’s consumers $2.3 billion by 2034 and create 9,500 jobs by 2030. Learn more.

October 1, 2013
This Halloween, keep energy vampires at bay -- while saving energy and money -- with these home energy efficiency tricks. | Infographic by Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department
SEP Success Story: Warding Off Energy Vampires and Phantom Loads

Tennessee’s Office of Energy Programs (OEP) is working to wipe out energy vampires and phantom loads with its EDGE project, which could serve as a model for other energy efficiency projects throughout the country. Using Recovery Act funds made available by the Energy Department’s State Energy Program, OEP distributed Kill-A-Watt® Meters to program participants to measure “in use” and “standby power” of at least five of their devices or appliances at home or work. Participants then report their findings and pass the Kill-A-Watt® Meters on to others to use. Learn more.

August 28, 2013
Thanks to the Energy Department's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, the city of Dallas has improved the efficiency of more than 200 city-owned buildings, saving $1 million a year in energy costs. | Photo courtesy of the City of Dallas.
EECBG Success Story: Dallas: Building a Greener City

To support Dallas' rapid growth, develop a sustainable community, and reduce the city's impact on the electrical grid, Dallas created the Green Dallas Initiative with support from the Energy Department’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program. Learn more.

July 9, 2013
Thanks to funding from the Energy Department's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, Ormond Beach was able to make energy efficiency upgrades to 16 city-owned buildings and is now saving more than $45,000 a year on its energy costs. | Photo courtesy of the City of Ormond Beach, Florida.
EECBG Success Story: Ormond Beach Triples Energy Cost Savings Projections

With the help of the Energy Department’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program, Ormond Beach, Florida, is saving energy and encouraging its residents to do the same through an environmental education program. Learn more.

March 1, 2013
Using money from the Energy Efficiency Block Grant Program, St. Louis installed new LED fixtures in the City Hall parking structure. The new lights deliver more useful light and use nearly 83 percent less power than the previous lights. | Photo courtesy of John Wm Nagel, Photography.
EECBG Success Story: St. Louis Launches Plan for More Sustainable Community

St. Louis -- regarded as the Gateway to the West -- is also becoming the gateway to sustainability for the state of Missouri. Learn more.