BPI has more than 10 years of experience helping agencies and program sponsors build, deploy and expand successful energy efficiency retrofit and weatherization assistance programs. More than 110 programs across the nation report that they rely on BPI standards and professional credentials as the foundation to achieving their energy efficiency, resource acquisition, or carbon savings goals.
BPI certification continues to play a key role in Weatherization Assistance Programs (WAPs) in fourteen states and counting! In many cases BPI certification is required by the WAP and utility programs that work with the WAPs to ensure a consistent, comprehensive outcome for customers served.
The Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® (HPwES) program is active in 33 states and the District of Columbia. To date, 46 out of 54 program sponsors have chosen to specify BPI credentials for contractors participating in their programs.
State and Local
BPI helped the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (WAP administrator) and Maryland Energy Administration join forces to specify BPI certification for all energy auditors working under both programs—a process that took just under six months to go from first meeting to first graduating class of BPI certified professionals. The plan is to have all 16 community colleges in the state offer home performance training and BPI certification exams in the future. We’ve also helped agencies like the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Energy Trust of Oregon and Austin Energy build and maintain their energy efficiency incentive programs.
Several California agencies worked with utilities across the state to create a uniform rebate program for whole-house retrofits. The program requires BPI certified professionals on both the basic and advanced rebate paths. CEC invested $20 million into workforce development and, with extensive partnering, was able to leverage $55 million in workforce funds for energy efficiency jobs training. Training to prepare contractors for BPI exams was funded through workforce investment boards and community colleges in preparation for the launch of Energy Upgrade California.
California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority
On August 2, 2011, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 14 (Skinner) into law. ABX1 14 authorizes the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA) to administer a Clean Energy Upgrade Financing Program (the Program) using up to $25 million from the funds originally appropriated to the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Bond Reserve Program (Senate Bill 77).
Program Overview: Under this loan loss reserve program, CAEATFA will provide financial assistance in the form of a loan loss reserve to financial institutions making loans to finance the installation of energy efficiency improvements or distributed generation renewable energy sources on residential properties. By participating in the Program, participating financial institutions will receive an initial 15 percent reserve contribution for each qualified loan enrolled in the Program. CAEATFA may provide up to 100 percent coverage on qualified loan defaults. The goal of the Program is to increase access to green retrofit financing by reducing its cost and increasing the number of green jobs in the state.