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About the Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office

The Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office (WIPO) collaborates with state and local governments, Indian tribes, and overseas U.S. territories to leverage resources to achieve near-term and measurable reductions in overall energy use, improvements in energy efficiency, growth in renewable energy capacity, and expanded economic opportunities.

In this section, you will find the following WIPO information:

For decades, WIPO has laid a foundation for state and local clean energy programs achievements. Through the State Energy Program, for example, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) supports a baseline of energy efficiency activities in all 50 states and in U.S. territories. And through the Weatherization Assistance Program, DOE supports the most effective U.S. energy efficiency program to serve low-income families.

Under the 2009 Recovery Act, Congress allocated more than $11 billion to state and local energy programs that could quickly create jobs and stimulate the economy during recession. In 2014, as these projects conclude, we will hear many success stories about how state and local governments leveraged these funds to advance the clean energy economy.

Funding for State and Local Program Partners

Recovery Act logo that includes the URL: Recovery.govWIPO provides funding only to state and local governments, overseas U.S. territories, and Indian tribes to support their clean energy programs. Unfortunately, WIPO does not provide any funding or assistance of any kind to private companies or individuals.

State and local officials can search online for federal funding for state and local clean energy programs.

Program Characteristics

WIPO activities are different from those of most DOE research and development programs that focus on basic science and hardware development. WIPO projects are more likely to focus on issues such as economic development in rural areas or how renewable energy and energy efficiency projects can improve air quality. Read the WIPO fact sheet, Accelerating Clean Energy Adoption.

In general, WIPO activities are characterized by the following:

  • Multiple Technologies

    WIPO facilitates adoption of a range of technologies that are developed by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).

  • Working Across All Energy Market Sectors

    WIPO sponsors activities in the major energy market sectors—buildings, electric power, industry, and transportation—and works to educate the public, teachers, and students about the benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. WIPO programs also help state and local agencies improve their energy efficiencies by upgrading public facilities.

    To read more about WIPO activities in all energy market sectors, subscribe to program newsletters.

  • Partnerships

    WIPO programs are involved with a broad range of energy stakeholders that cover the breadth of the U.S. economy. WIPO staff members consult regularly with the National Governors Association, the National Association of State Energy Officials, the National Council of State Legislatures, the National Association of Counties, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Association of State and Community Service Programs, and many others.

  • Leveraging Federal Resources

    Almost every WIPO project involves substantial participation and investment by state and local agencies, Indian tribes, and the private sector. In the last evaluation of the State Energy Program, researchers found that DOE contributed $46 million to renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the states out of a total expenditure in those projects of $540.9 million.