The President’s FY 2011 budget contains a significant increase for the Weatherization Assistance Program to $300 million. As with the 2010 allocation, there is $30 million for the continuation of the Innovations in Weatherization activity.
A relevant part of the Introduction section of the Department of Energy budget request states:
In August 2009, President Obama said, “If we want to reduce our dependence on oil, put Americans back to work and reassert our manufacturing sector as one of the greatest in the world, we must produce the advanced, efficient vehicles of the future.” In FY 2011, the Department will promote energy efficiency in vehicles technologies, at $325 million. No less important to achieving the President’s stated ambitions is decreasing energy consumption through developing and advancing building technologies ($231 million) and industrial technologies ($100 million). Federal assistance for state-level programs, such as State Energy Program grants ($75 million, a 50 percent increase from FY 2010) and Weatherization Assistance grants ($300 million, a 43 percent increase from FY 2010), will help States and individuals take advantage of efficiency measures for buildings and homes, lower energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions, and develop an ever-evolving, technically proficient workforce.
The two links below provide detail about the proposed FY 11 budget for WAP.
Details: http://www.mbe.doe.gov/budget/11budget/Content/Volume%203.pdf (p. 425) (p. 436-440)