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CHP Receives $500,000 from the AEP Foundation to Support Home Energy Performance Improvements Across Virginia

Christiansburg, Va. – Community Housing Partners (CHP) is pleased to announce the receipt of a $500,000 grant from the American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation to provide energy-efficiency upgrades for low-income households in parts of Virginia served by Appalachian Power.

CHP, as the grant’s lead agency, will partner with the Association of Energy Conservation Professionals (AECP) and 11 weatherization agencies in southwestern Virginia to share and utilize this funding for energy efficiency improvements on approximately 100 Virginia homes over the next year.

AECP will partner with CHP to convene the participating 12 weatherization agencies (including CHP’s weatherization division) to launch the program. AECP will also assist with technical and quality assurance monitoring requirements and tracking program accomplishments.

Said Bill Beachy, CHP’s Vice President of Energy Services, “As energy costs continue to rise, more and more attention is being paid to how energy-efficient homes can lead to real savings for homeowners. This important grant will help a significant number of needy households enjoy the safety, financial, and environmental benefits of weatherization services.”

Appalachian Power’s Manager of Energy Efficiency, Jim Fawcett said, “While many of our customers have invested in energy conservation measures to lower their electric usage, we understand it is very difficult for some low-income customers to make these investments. Community Housing Partners has proven that they can help homeowners reduce their energy usage and I’m pleased that this grant will allow them to continue to help more Appalachian Power customers”. The AEP Foundation will also provide an additional $600,000 for similar efforts across their service area in West Virginia and Tennessee.

To learn more about this program, please contact Bill Beachy at (540) 381-9446 or bbeachy@chpc2.org.