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Doing less, with less

Recently, the WAP (Weatherization Assistance Program) felt the sting of 2011 budget cuts when Department of Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary Kathleen Hogan announced that regular weatherization funding will be trimmed 3.2 percent from the 2010 budget levels, or about $6 million. Total funding of $174.3 million will fuel FY 2011 WAP and $50 million will go to the State Energy Program. The WAP funding is entirely for the formula grant program and technical assistance. No funding is allocated for new "WAP innovations" competition grants; in 2010, $30 million was awarded to 16 projects.

And, if you are keeping score at home, the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Budget at DOE was reduced by 17 percent compared to 2010 levels. The total WAP level is reduced the same share, but the core program was preserved at the expense of new demonstration grants.

But all is not lost, the 2011 budget did include the regular $7 million to buy advertising and sponsor NASCAR.

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