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The Low-Income Energy-Efficiency Grant Program provides grant funding to a state and tribal governments that implement programs which supplement the Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program in BPA's customer utility territory.

The program directly benefits low-income residents by funding the installation of energy-efficiency measures in their homes at no cost. Measures such as insulation, air sealing, efficient HVAC systems and energy-efficient appliances are installed by community action agencies and tribal staff. As a result, residents benefit from lower utility bills, healthy indoor-air environment and more comfortable living. Funding is determined annually as part of BPA's IPR process and is approximately $5 million per year.

The Low-Income New Opportunities Guide is a new resource designed to help understand the low-income program and how the different funding sources work.
​Tribal Low-Income Energy-Efficiency Grant Program

​The Bonneville Power Administration has a Low-Income Energy-Efficiency grant program, with funding set aside to be utilized specifically by tribal members for weatherization and some appliances. Grant amounts vary (typically from $5,000$100,000) and can be used on a variety of program options. The Tribal Energy-Efficient Grant Program offers the same energy-efficiency technologies as the state grant program; However, funding is contracted directly with the tribe in a government-to-government partnership. This allows the tribe to manage the staffing, community outreach and scale of the program to best meet the needs of the tribe. Approximately 812 tribal grants are distributed on an annual basis to tribal governments across BPA's region.

Qualified households must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Homes must have electric heat as their primary heat source (does not have to be working).
  • Homes must be occupied by a member of a federally recognized tribe.
  • Homes must be located in a public utility service territory served by BPA. (See: Tribal customer service areas map | BPA regional service areas map)
  • Households must be low income, as defined by federal standards. Low Income Housing Energy Assistance Program qualification lists are applicable.
Regional Low-Income Energy-Efficiency Workgroup​​

​Mission

The Northwest Public Power Regional Low-Income Energy-Efficiency Workgroup aims to share information and develop best practices to increase low income residents' access to and uptake of energy-efficiency services across the Northwest. All BPA-served public utilities in the region, low-income advocacy groups, community action partnerships, or CAPs, Tribal governments, state energy offices and other interested parties are invited.

Objectives
Identify barriers and solutions to increasing low-income access to energy-efficiency programs.

  • Increase knowledge of CAP and utility business activities.
  • Create and find simple solutions to streamline reporting between organizations such as CAPs and utilities.
  • Provide a venue for utilities, advocates and other organizations to come together and share ideas and successes for providing energy-efficiency opportunities to low-income residents.

All meetings are public and we welcome anyone interested in supporting the workgroup in finding solutions for offering low-income residents the opportunity to engage in energy-efficiency programs. The meetings will be posted to our events page.

Structure and Principles for the Low Income Energy Efficiency Workgroup (Amended, January 2017).
BPA Energy Efficiency Low-Income New Opportunities Guide (September 2020)

​Low-Income Energy-Efficiency Resources

​These resources can help you locate and learn about low income energy efficiency, weatherization and other programs in your area that are available to low-income households.

Meeting Materials Archive
Meeting #17, Aug. 4, 2020, 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Online
Tacoma Power Remote Inspection Slides (To see detailed speaker notes, please click on the comment bubbles in the PDF.)
 
Meeting #16, June 27, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - Noon, Northern Wasco County PUD Board Room, 2345 River Road, The Dalles, OR 97058
 
Meeting #15, February 19, 2019, 10:00 a.m. Noon, PNGC Power, 711 NE Halsey, Portland, OR 97232-1268
 
2018: Hard to Reach Markets presentation, Yakima Nation Housing Authority presentation; Resource Program results and Energy Efficiency Goal proposal, Smart Thermostats presentation, Low Income Workgroup Heat Pump Water Heater training, PTCS ASHP Low Income Workgroup, Low Income Workgroup Ductless Heat Pump training.  
 
2017: Seattle City Light's Low Income Strategy, Repair costs vs Installation costs; NEEA DHP presentation, NEEA HPWH presentation, NEEA sample sell sheet; Hard to Reach Markets: Northwest Energy Coalition, Hard to Reach Markets: Northwest Power and Conservation Council, Manufactured Home ReplacementBPA; Tribal Grant Review program, QA Form_5_12_16.
 

2016: ReHome Oregon presentation, ReHome one pager; Healthy Homes presentation, Low-Income Measures presentation; Multifamily requirements, DHP costs, US Department of Energy for Multifamily DHP, Multiple Unit DHP case study, Multifamily duct sealing case study.