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Project Theory, Design and Plan
               Target Population
The Project targets LIHEAP-eligible families heating with electricity.
According to a report prepared for DHHS by Roper ASW, there are 291,886 LIHEAP-eligible households in Washington State. Many of these households include members who are particularly vulnerable to heat or cold:
89,482 include an elderly person
These numbers are based on Washington’s LIHEAP income limit of 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Using a 150% FPG standard approximately doubles each of the numbers above (663,034 households live below 150% FPG; of these 244,950 include an elderly
Last year, 57,300 households received LIHEAP, leaving 234,586 eligible households (80%) unserved. Because of historically low-priced hydro-electric power, most Washington low-income homes (73%) heat with electricity rather than natural gas (17%), with t
When rates move with such volatility, low-income families are likely to be left stranded . Middle and high-income families have been able to migrate to gas heat. Of new single-family residential construction, only 9% is all-electric, according to a Jun
Converting electric-heated households to gas heat would seem to be a solution to electric rate volatility. And in fact, several programs in the state are taking this tack, including the state’s LIHEAP program which can perform conversions when a househo
A large conversion program was announced in June 2003 by Puget Sound Energy (PSE), the largest utility in the state. PSE estimates that it will convert between 20,000 and 25,000 households from electric to gas. Given that the number of all electric hou
Even if all low-income households could be converted to gas heat, the problem would not be solved: PSE just raised gas prices 18% in March 2003. More and more, the gas and electric markets have become intertwined in Washington. Most of the new electri
               Mission and Impact
               Final Goals
       First Scan
           Power Purchase Agreements/Low-Income Credits
               Key Immediate Outcomes for Intervention 1
               Performance Goals for Intervention 1
           First Scan
           Site Assessment & Acquisition
           Access to Transmission Lines
           Power Purchase Agreements/Low-Income Credits
               Key Immediate Outcomes for Intervention 2
               Key Immediate Outcomes for Intervention 3
                   Intervention 4: Process Participation
                       Figure 5. New Wind Projects in Washington State
               Key Immediate Outcomes for Intervention 4
               Key Immediate Outcomes for Intervention 5
               Integration with LIHEAP, DOE WAP, and Other Self-Sufficiency Programs
Partners and Roles
The program represents a collaboration of numerous partners representing the private for-profit sector, the private non-profit sector, and government. Project partners have committed $550,000 in match to the program.
               Coordination of Funding