All weatherization measures are available as Low Income Energy Efficiency Measures with higher incentive payments. This is in addition to Ductless Heat Pumps, Air Source Heat Pumps, PTCS or Prescriptive Duct Sealing, Heat Pump Water Heaters and Smart Thermostats.
Low-income household eligibility is defined in the Federal Weatherization Assistance Program as 200% of the poverty income levels. In two-or-more unit dwellings, at least 50% of the households must income-qualify for the weatherization of the entire building to be eligible for low-income payments. Utility customers are required to document the total number of individuals in the household, and demonstrate proof that the end user’s income eligibility was reviewed and verified.
BPA allows utility customers to report costs directly attributable to the installation of the measure as eligible for dollar-for-dollar payment. Customers may also report costs related to repair work that is directly associated with the installation of the measure required for health and safety, or to ensure the efficacy of the measure.
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. A Spanish version of the guide is also available.
The Residential Weatherization and Contractor Infrastructure Assessment helps BPA target Comfort Ready Homes services to areas with the greatest potential for weatherization and recommend approaches to meet those needs. To help utilities consider their future residential weatherization goals, a regional assessment and sub-region-specific recommendations are also included in this report.