See an index of all documents from example states in the Library .

Consider Whether this Program In a Box is Right for Your State

A weatherization readiness program could be a good fit for a state with many households that are unable to participate in the Weatherization Assistance Program due to health and safety barriers.

Connecticut Residential Energy Preparation ServicesMinnesota Healthy AIR Program
Identified problemA whitepaper developed by Energy Futures Group identified that 165,000 homes in the state are unable to receive weatherization services due to health and safety issues with the building.In 2016, 40% of homes eligible to receive weatherization improvements were unable to benefit due to vermiculite-contaminated insulation in attics.

Justice40 Considerations

Through Executive Order 14008 which established the Justice40 Initiative, the Biden Administration has set a goal of ensuring that at least 40 percent of the benefits of federal investments flow to disadvantaged communities. Justice40 will have significant implications for hundreds of programs across the federal government, including clean energy , climate, and resilience programs that are overseen by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in partnership with states. State Energy Offices and their partners may wish to consider assessing various dimensions of their programs – including such factors as the ability of disadvantaged and diverse individuals and communities to influence, participate in, and access the benefits of state policies and programs – and explore metrics and reporting strategies that will help illustrate the Justice40 impacts of their policies, programs, and investments. Available resources to support these actions include:

Through NASEO’s Energy Equity Committee , State Energy Offices can learn about ongoing developments and resources that support federal Justice40 and state energy equity and environmental justice goals.

To help states identify the location of disadvantaged communities, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has developed The Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool (CEJST) . Instructions for using the tool are linked above.

When designing weatherization readiness programs, priority could be given to training centers located in or serving disadvantaged communities.

Goals and Name

Writing a concise goals statement for a weatherization readiness program both creates internal consensus and serves as an essential tool for communicating with local municipalities and relevant agencies and organizations. Periodic updates to the goal statement memorialize changes in program scale, scope, and specific details.

Giving the program a name is an important step in the process of branding and advertising the program.

Recommendations for a program name:

  • Reflect the goals of the program
  • Solicit recommendations from participating agencies and organizations

Stakeholder Process

In designing the Weatherization Barriers Remediation Program, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) facilitated a stakeholder input process comprised of contractors, nonprofits, regulators, and utilities to gather suggestions. Resources from that process:

Planning Workshop #1

Planning Workshop #2

Public Input Session: Bidder’s Conference


Connecticut Residential Energy Preparation ServicesMinnesota Healthy AIR Program
Health or safety issueAsbestos, mold, vermiculite, unsafe combustion/venting, gas leaks, carbon monoxide, structural issues, knob and tube wiringVermiculite insulation containing asbestos

Performance Metrics

Program metrics should be defined before the program is implemented. Metrics to consider include specific equity and Justice40 goals, to measure impact on affected communities.

Budget and Program Administration

Before finalizing the program design, consider budget allocations and staffing requirements for agencies involved.

Connecticut Residential Energy Preparation ServicesMinnesota Healthy AIR program
BudgetUp to $12,300,000 through December 31, 2024 using multiple funding sources. $5,500,000 is from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, with $6,650,000 in supplemental funding from the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), and up to $150,000 in supplemental funding from State Energy Program funds (SEP).$300,000 for 2018 and 2019
Program administration and staffingThe Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) engaged ICAST to administer the program.Two staff, Minnesota Department of Commerce

Eligibility Criteria

A successful program will clearly define which households are able to participate. Some considerations will be pre-determined by utilizing funding sources already targeted to low-income communities through the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).


Part of the program design is looking at the budget and determining a realistic timeline for getting the program running and selecting the program duration.