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WAP Program Top-Ten in ARRA Jobs

According to recent federal government data, The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is ranked 8th out of approximately 200 federal programs in the number of direct jobs created or retained. In the last quarter of 2010, beginning October 1 and ending December 31, WAP created or retained 15,426 jobs. This represents an increase from the previous quarter and is the highest number of WAP jobs to date. WAP has consistently been ranked in the top 10 for the number of ARRA jobs created or retained.

Getting to Zero: Schools Push the Envelope in Cutting-Edge Efficiency Design

When officials in a western Kentucky school district embarked more than two decades ago on a plan to cut energy costs, they had no idea that their quest would eventually produce the green school of the future.

But the Warren County School District’s dogged pursuit of conservation—a policy that has yielded $5.5 million in avoided energy costs since 2003—and a willingness to incorporate increasingly aggressive efficiency measures into a wave of new schools has placed them at the forefront of sustainable design.

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President Announces New Commercial Energy Efficiency Initiative

President Obama visited Pennsylvania State University today to tour the Energy Innovation Hub and meet with researchers and developers at the facility. While on campus he also announced the Better Building Initiative, a clean energy program that targets a 20 percent improvement in energy efficiency in commercial buildings by 2020. The White House estimates that it will save American businesses $40 billion per year.

According to the White House, the Better Building Initiative will feature a program called Race to Green, a competitive grant process modeled after the Race to the Top program in education. Race to Green will encourage state and local governments to reform their building codes and make it easier to retrofit buildings.

Roster Changes on Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will be welcoming eight new members this year as seven freshmen and one veteran senator join the 22-member panel. The vacancies were created by the departures of six members from the Senate and three additional departures from the committee.

Three democrats will join the panel: Third-year Democrat Al Franken of Minnesota, and freshmen Democrats Chris Coons of Delaware and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Five freshmen Republicans also will join the panel: Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Dan Coats of Indiana, Rob Portman of Ohio, and John Hoeven of North Dakota.

For more information and analysis of how the additions may change the structure of the panel, see source (below; membership required).