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March 16, 2017: Truckee Donner PUD awards $44,000 rebate to TTUSD

 

"TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Truckee Donner Public Utility District recently awarded the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District $44,049.08 in energy efficiency rebates to support school projects. TTUSD celebrated this rebate with a check presentation at their March 1 Board of Education meeting.

"The TDPUD's rebate, combined with the Proposition 39 funds, allowed TTUSD to replace more than 500 fluorescent light fixtures with LED EvoKit fixtures that include SpaceWise controls and use 45 percent less energy than the traditional fluorescent fixtures.

The SpaceWise technologies — that include daylight harvesting, motion sensing and dimming controls — save TTUSD an additional 17 percent by using only power that is needed.

"We are delighted to present the school district with this rebate check," said Lauren Schaake-Hudson, TDPUD conservation program administrator. "This cost-effective energy efficiency project will save the schools a lot of money for years."

The school district expects an $8,884 annual savings in electrical use for the 20-year life from these upgraded light fixtures.Click here to view the article.


February 24, 2017: Please Submit Project Narratives

Please assist us in supporting a Proposition 39 extension by sending us a few paragraphs about your LEA project(s) and photos that outline what is being done with the funding received.  There is no deadline to submit, but the earlier the better.

Summaries should include a brief description of the project(s) in progress and energy/cost savings projected. 

Please email Aileen <mailto:adalen@m-w-h.com> with your summary. 

We need your input to ensure SB 518 is passed and signed by the Governor.

 


February 24, 2017: SB 518 (deLeón) Introduced

Here is what we know so far

Extends  Funding to the Clean Energy Jobs Fund (CEJF) for five years to 2022-2023 – To be determined annually in budget

Does not provide a set amount of funding for the five extension years after the final encumbrance date of June 30, 2018

Extends for five years the term of the Citizens Oversight Board

Extends for five years the ability to transfer  funds from CEJF to the Energy Conservation Assistance Account to be determined annually in Budget

SEC  WILL LEAD ADVOCACY EFFORT FOR THIS FUNDING


February 23, 2017: State Advocacy Update

SEC has been hitting the hallways to inform the Legislature about what schools have been doing with Proposition 39 funding and we are making progress! Our advocacy efforts have focused on what is next for school energy projects and the Proposition 39 program. 

To punctuate our advocacy, we met with key Legislative offices on February 21 and 22, regarding this important program funding.  We will continue to engage Legislators on key energy and education committees in going beyond Proposition 39 and will share what more could be done on school sites statewide if the program is extended.

 Your Action Needed:

We hope you can assist in the success of further meetings by sending us a few paragraphs about your LEA project(s) and photos that outline what is being done with the funding received.  Summaries should include a brief description of the project(s) in progress and energy/cost savings projected.

 


 

November 3, 2016: U.S. EPA funds project to expand green business in California

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $173,479 to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to help small and medium-size businesses across the state reduce their environmental impacts. Alexis Strauss, EPA's Acting Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest, announced the grant at Mandela Foods Cooperative, in West Oakland, one of several local businesses to “go green” with CARB’s assistance.

“Pollution prevention efforts can save money by increasing efficiency and lowering utility and waste disposal costs,” said Ms. Strauss. “I encourage all California businesses looking to reduce their environmental footprint and improve their bottom-line to become certified Green Businesses.”

CARB will use the funds to improve the technical assistance and training efforts of the California Green Business Network, a non-profit organization that helps businesses adopt green practices. The program has expanded to support sustainable businesses in economically-disadvantaged communities. To receive Green Business certification, companies must demonstrate how they conserve resources and prevent pollution, such as using LED lighting and purchasing ENERGY STAR products.

“Small business operators are not only real, local, economic assets, they are community role models, daily demonstrating climate leadership one step at a time,” said La Ronda Bowen, CARB’s Ombudsman.

The California Green Business Network oversees 25 green business programs operated by chambers of commerce, cities and counties throughout California. To date, 3,396 California Green Business participants have saved more than $41 million through green practices. They have also prevented emissions of more than one million tons of greenhouse gases, diverted more than 1.5 million tons of waste from landfills, and saved more than 754 million gallons of water.

EPA’s Pollution Prevention grant program supports projects that reduce or eliminate pollution from air, water, or land. Since 2014, EPA has awarded three Pollution Prevention grants to CARB, totaling $478,641, to expand and improve the California Green Business Network. The funding has supported enhancements in the program’s data system, outreach efforts, and provision of technical assistance and training.

Learn more about the Pollution Prevention grant program: https://www.epa.gov/p2/grant-programs-pollution-prevention

Learn more about the California Green Business Program: http://www.greenbusinessca.org/ (note: link goes to non-federal Web site)

 


October 5, 2016: SEC Letter to CEC Regarding Encumbrance Date

Click here to read the letter SEC wrote to the California Energy Commission (CEC) regarding the new deadline the was set for final submittal of Energy Expenditure Plans (EEP) under the Proposition 39 program. 

 


June 13, 2016: Proposition 1 Groundwater Grant Funding Program Final Application and Workshop Notice

Proposition 1 was passed by voters in November 2014 and provided $900 million for a Groundwater Sustainability Program (Assembly Bill 1471, Chapter 10). The State Water Board will administer $800 million to prevent and cleanup contamination of groundwater that serves (or has served) as a source of drinking water. The funds are available as grants.

The State Water Board adopted the Proposition 1 Groundwater Grant Program Guidelines on May 18, 2016 (see "What’s New" below). Non-substantive changes were made to the Guidelines after the May 18, 2016 Board Meeting. These changes were made under the authority of the Deputy Director (the redline version of the Guidelines is available here).

The State Water Board staff will conduct six Groundwater Grant Program Application Public Workshops in June 2016 (see below for the Workshop schedule). The objective of the workshops will be to provide an overview of the grant funding process and the adopted Guidelines. Division staff will also provide an overview of the Final Application for the Groundwater Grant Program and answer any applicant specific questions.

If you would like to attend a public workshop, please click here to view the workshops and to register. Registration would help State Water Board staff ensure that enough space is available for the event.


 

June 10, 2016: Clovis Unified School District Solar Savings

Click here to view a great article on how solar panels save the Clovis USD about $2.7 million annually in energy bills!

 

 


May 17, 2016: $39.3 Million More for K-14 in Governor's May Revision

We are extremely pleased to report that the revenue for California's K-12 schools and Community Colleges under Proposition 39 has moved in an upward direction.  Announced in the Governor's May Revision we find that Proposition 39 funding has been increased by $33.3 million for K-12 and $4.1 million for Community Colleges!

 

SEC has been attending and speaking at State Legislative Budget Hearings on Proposition 39 for the past three years arguing that when corporate tax revenue increases there should be an associated increase in the budgeted amount for the Clean Energy Jobs Fund created by voters under Proposition 39.  We now see that correlation.

 

This is a great win for California's K-14 schools and SEC!!!   

 

The May Revision is the revised version of the State Budget based on actual tax revenue that comes in after the original January State Budget proposal submitted by the Governor. 

 

Summary of Proposition 39 Funding Adjusted in May Revision

 

The Governor's 2016-17 May Revision Budget proposes:

 

K-12 School Districts: 

  • Proposition 39-The California Clean Energy Jobs Act was approved by voters in 2012, and increases state corporate tax revenues. For 2013-14 through 2017-18, the measure requires half of the increased revenues, up to $550 million per year, to be used to support energy efficiency projects. The May Revision increases the amount of energy efficiency funds available to K-12 schools in 2016-17 by $33.3 million to $398.8 million to reflect increased revenue estimates.

 

Community Colleges:

  • Proposition 39-The California Clean Energy Jobs Act was approved by voters in 2012 and increases state corporate tax revenues. For 2013-14 through 2017-18, the measure requires half of the increased revenues, up to $550 million per year, to be used to support energy efficiency projects. The May Revision increases the Higher Education May Revision - 2016-17 amount of energy efficiency funds available to community colleges in 2016-17 by $4.1 million to $49.3 million to reflect increased revenue estimates.

 

May 16, 2016: Proposition 39 Guideline Draft Revisions

 

The California Energy Commission is proposing a few changes to the Proposition 39: California Clean Energy Jobs Act - 2016 K-12 Program Implementation Guidelines.  Most are minor - making dates current and adding code sections and legal references for clarity - but here are a few items of note:

 

  • Clarification of when an ASHRAE level 2 energy audit is needed (pp.23-24)
  • Added an option re: SIR for LEAs who receive First Preference Federal Government Rate (p.27) for Calaveras, Tuolumne, and Trinity Counties (SEC will ask if this can be extended to other public power rates)
  • Best Value Criteria has been repealed in Public Contracts Code - legal reference added (p. 39)
  • New eligible energy measures and associated effective useful life years added to list in Appendix E

 

All of the proposed draft revisions are now available online at:

 

http://www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency/proposition39/index.html

 

(If link above does not work, please copy entire link into your web browser's URL.)

 

The public is invited to respond with comments during the 30 day public comment period from April 27 to May 27, 2016. Comments will be accepted by e-mailing to docket@energy.ca.gov. In the e-mail subject line, please indicate the docket number 13-CCEJA-01 and "Comments on Proposition 39 K-12 Guidelines."

SEC has drafted a comment letter to CEC. View here.  Feel free to use it as a template to draft your own comments with information on how your district/COE is using, or plans to use, Proposition 39 funding. 

 


April 27, 2016: 2016 State Legislation: Advocacy Alert!

 

Below are letters SEC has written in support of school energy legislation helpful to schools.  Feel free to use them as templates to write your own to the appropriate committee.

AB 2120 will be heard next in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Please share the importance of weighing in on decisions that may raise electricity rates that could impact the savings to the state with the help of the CPUC intervenor compensation program.

SB 1041 will be heard next in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Please share what a steady and fair electricity rate would mean to your schools and your current and future decisions regarding energy efficiency and renewables on campus.

State Budget Committees - Proposition 39 Funding

SEC Budget letter to Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education. Please create your own and add anecdotal information related to your school – such as what you are using your Proposition 39 funding for, why it has been important to your district, and why the program should continue.

Thank you! Direct your questions or concerns about this information, or more on how to write your own letter, to Anna Ferrera at: aferrera@m-w-h.com


 

SEC Defends Schools

SEC's Executive Director, Anna Ferrera is extensively quoted in the Cabinet Report article defending schools by pointing out that funding is indeed moving out to projects under Proposition 39: "Debunking a myth that schools aren't spending energy funds."

 

"A perception that schools aren't accessing millions of dollars set aside for energy-efficient building upgrades simply isn't true, according to those familiar with the program.


"According to the CEC website, as of Feb. 29 nearly $700 million in planning and project costs had been approved for a mix of local education agencies while just under $300 million remains to be allocated. So far, 944 school districts have been awarded $600 million; 1,131 charter schools have received $87 million, while 58 county offices of education have been allotted $7.3 million. Three state special schools are in the mix for around $300,000.


This article is just another example of the type of day-to-day work we do in Sacramento on behalf of Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and our associates to defend and advocate for funding, and technical assistance to move school energy and water projects forward.

With the Legislature's watchful eye on the Proposition 39 program, press reports and changing state agency requirements, schools need to have a voice in Sacramento.


 

Citizen’s Oversight Board Meeting

 

SEC has been asked to be a part of the agenda at the upcoming Proposition 39 Citizen’s Oversight Board (COB) on January 11, 2016.  Click here for the agenda.    We will be sharing with the COB issues that are of concern for schools with regard to the Guidelines and Handbook in meeting the requirements for funding.

The hearing will be at 1516 Ninth Street Art Rosenfeld Hearing Room – First Floor in Sacramento at 1:00 p.m.


DSA Notice: Outdoor Water Use Regulations Take Effect January 1, 2016


In recognition of the continued statewide drought, the Division of the State Architect (DSA) proposed regulations earlier this year to reduce outdoor water use for landscape irrigation by public schools and community colleges. The DSA regulations in the 2013 California Green Building Standards Code (also known as the CALGreen Code) are based upon Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO) regulations adopted by the Department of Water Resources.

Effective January 1, 2016, applications received by DSA are subject to the Outdoor Water Use regulations. Detailed information and resources are now available on DSA’s Outdoor Water Use Regulations Web page, and in DSA Procedure PR 15-03. http://www.dgs.ca.gov/dsa/Programs/progSustainability/water.aspx

 



Potential Funding for Schools from California’s Cap and Trade Auction Revenue!

Great news to report  on potential funding for schools from California's Cap and Trade auction revenue.  In the last few months, SEC has provided testimony and letters in support of these funds being used on school campuses as the Cap and Trade Investment Plan (CTIP) moves through a public comment period and more revisions before it goes to the Governor and Legislature. 

We received the most recent draft of the CTIP.  Throughout the document, schools are now mentioned as potential recipients of programs funded.  This is an excellent advocacy outcome for SEC and we will continue to make the case for school projects to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) in the interest of addressing climate change.   As you may know, California's Cap and Trade system auctions pollution permits to businesses that need them to cover high GHG emissions. These permits started at $10 a carbon ton and now run about $12. Sales of those have reaped nearly $2.2 billion through May, not including the portion that is controlled by the Public Utilities Commission and returned to utility ratepayers.  

The Legislature and Governor appropriate auction proceeds from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) to state agencies and programs through the State Budget process, consistent with the implementing legislation.  Last June, the Governor tried to include about $1 billion in funding from this Cap and Trade revenue to address water, energy and transportation issues.  However, the Legislature was successful in asking that this discussion be taken off the table and dealt with separately.  The state will now hold onto those funds until January, when the Governor proposes a spending plan for the new fiscal year. Those funds that were not appropriated remain unspent. The next opportunity will be the next State Budget cycle. 

Overall, the Administration expects to have nearly $3 billion in auction proceeds available to spend this fiscal year (including the $969 million that lawmakers did not act on in the last budget cycle). The latest version of the Air Resources Board (ARB) Cap and Trade Investment Plan (CTIP) now mentions schools in almost every section where business, commercial or AG is mentioned and throughout the noted recommendations section. 

More importantly, schools are also specifically included in the list of "potential recipients" for GHG  reduction project funding!  We are very happy to see that SEC testimony and letters made a difference because this CTIP language has significantly changed to include schools.  

SEC will be thanking the ARB Board for these changes and will continue to participate and discuss how these funds may be used on school projects to reduce GHGs.  The next deadline for written comments on this new draft is December 14 and there are public hearings in Sacramento December 17-18. After the ARB Board adopts the final draft of the Investment Plan it goes to the Governor and then the Legislature. http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/auctionproceeds/revised-second-investment-plan.pdf 


Working to move forward funding and program options for K-14 schools under this plan.


 

New CEC Annual and Final Reporting Tools 

The California Energy Commission (CEC) held a workshop on their new online annual and final reporting tool.   CEC will be posting the webinar on their Proposition 39 webpage  Here are the highlights:

  • This year only - the CEC reporting tool went live a few days ago and schools have until December 31, 2015 to report out on their annual progress on their Energy Expenditure Plans.  In subsequent years LEAs will be notified in July that reports are due by sometime in October.
  • This year only - the annual report is due by December 31, 2015.
  • The plan should reference work done on your Energy Expenditure Plan up to June 30, 2015.  Annual reports data will reflect work done from July 1 to June 30 each year following.
  • Final Reports: Four options to report out on savings:
  • Utility Incentive Completion Report-CEC energy Savings Calculators-LEAs own Final Energy Savings Report-Third Party Final Energy Savings Report(These four methods are outlined in pp 31-32 of the Prop 39 Guidelines
  • Final reports will be called for 12-15 months after work is completed.
  • "Representative" pictures of installations should be uploaded but do not have to take pictures of every installation.
  • Narrative box will allow you to explain issues such as rate increases, weather, or other issues that caused LEAs to miss targets.

We will be discussing reporting and using these new online tools at our 2016 Spring Forums in Sacramento and San Diego - dates to come.


Proposition 39 Citizens Oversight Board to Meet on November 16, 2016

As we informed our members in September, the Citizens Oversight Board will be meeting this month.  Click here for the agenda

Info on joining this meeting in person or by WebEx is below:

November 16, 2015 - 1:00 p.m.

1516 Ninth Street

Art Rosenfeld Hearing Room - First Floor

Sacramento, California 95814

(Wheelchair Accessible)

Remote Access Available by Computer or Phone via WebEx

The Citizens Oversight Board meeting is broadcast via WebEx; the Energy Commission's on-line meeting service. To listen to the meeting and view any presentations, please click the following link or paste it into your browser:

https://energy.webex.com/energy/j.php?MTID=m5d85d5d9a9083f2111840af5f002af97

Computer Log on with a Direct Phone Number:

- Please go to https://energy.webex.com and enter the unique meeting number

924 376 893.

- When prompted, enter your information and the following meeting password COBMeeting#2 . (Please note that password is case sensitive.)

For more information:

http://www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency/proposition39/citizens_oversight_board/meetings/

(If link above doesn't work, please copy entire link into your web browser's URL)

 

 

August 28, 2015: Prop 39 COB to meet on September 8, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.

1516 Ninth Street

Art Rosenfeld Hearing Room - First Floor Sacramento, California 95814 (Wheelchair Accessible)

  

Remote Access Available by Computer or Phone via WebEx

Presentations and audio from the meeting will be broadcast via our WebEx web meeting service. For additional details on how to participate via WebEx, please see the notice at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency/proposition39/citizens_oversight_board/meetings/

Computer Log on with a Direct Phone Number:

- Please go to https://energy.webex.com/ec and enter the unique meeting number

929 672 836.

- When prompted, enter your information and the following meeting password mtg@01pm . (Please note that password is case sensitive.)

 

For more information:

http://www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency/proposition39/citizens_oversight_board/meetings/

August 20, 2015: Press Release by Senator de Leon:  Schools, Job Creators, Economists Applaud Prop 39 Implementation

 

SACRAMENTO – Schools, economists and job creators are speaking up about the benefits California communities are seeing sixteen months after Proposition 39 Projects have started. Over three years, Prop 39 has brought a total of $2.35 billion in revenue back to California that would otherwise have been pocketed by out-of-state corporations. A timeline as well as revenue and project numbers can be found below.

...

Anna Ferrera, Executive Director of the School Energy Coalition:
“On behalf of the School Energy Coalition an organization made up of K-12 schools, community colleges, school construction and energy consultants focused on energy and water efficiency and renewable generation projects for California’s students, we are working on hundreds of great school district projects statewide that are moving forward under this program.  The revenue allocated to K-14 schools through Proposition 39 is successfully providing funding for energy efficiency projects will ultimately pay back schools and taxpayers in real dollar savings over time and lower our use of energy – which is a wise environmental choice for our community and our state. Much data and analysis that must be done before installation or construction so that the projects deliver the savings promised, and you just cannot rush that. Communities around schools are very involved, excited and grateful for this opportunity, along with employees and others that are assisting to support these projects so that they deliver the efficiencies that we have promised our teachers students, community and state.”

To view the SEC letter to the Senator in its entirety, please click here.

To view the press release in its entirety, please click here.

 

 

August 18, 2015: MEMBER ACTION ALERT  

 

We are extremely concerned about an August 17, 2015 AP article that calls into question the savings and oversight of the Proposition 39 Program.  We need to act now to show the Legislature and the Governor that we are moving forward with energy projects that will provide energy and dollar savings that represent a wise taxpayer investment in schools.

 

Click here to view the article.

 

The State needs to hear from individual school districts to continue the program and its focus on schools.  The Legislature and the Governor need to hear from us now on this issue or schools may be in danger of losing future allocations of these funds in our final two years of the program.  

 

We are asking you to please click here to view a template for a letter to Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon TODAY along with Speaker Toni Atkins, the Governor and the Energy Commission.  Please also add SEC to the cc's on your letter as indicated in the template.

Click here to see pictures of Proposition 39 projects.  If you wish to add yours to the list, please email your Prop 39 project pictures to Aileen.

 

If you don't have all of the dollar or savings figures ready for the letter, whatever type of project you envision will do.  Time is of the essence.  They need to know you intend to use the funding and that the program is indeed working to move school projects forward in a responsible way. 

 

We know it is a busy time, but this response is vital. We have tried to make it as easy as possible. Use the template to forward two separate letters on your district's letterhead to the Senate President Pro Tem and the Governor's office to Aileen Dalen at adalen@m-w-h.com.  We will get your letters to the Governor and Senate pro Tem de Leon, as well as the cc's.

 

If you need assistance, please contact Aileen.

 

Thank you.

 

Anna M. Ferrera

Executive Director

(916) 441-3300

August 19, 2015: Response from Kate Gordon to the AP

I’m newly back from vacation and was all primed to write about climate shenanigans in Washington State; California’s efforts to get to 50 percent renewables, efficiency, and cuts in petroleum use by 2030 (all very doable according to UCS among others); and Chinese President Xi Jinping’s upcoming visit to the U.S.

But these lofty plans were disrupted this week by the appearance of an AP article evaluating the California Clean Energy Jobs Act, or Proposition 39.

Despite several major inaccuracies and incomplete assertions, the article has gone viral, perhaps because it includes the phrase “green jobs”—two words that seem to bring out the worst of the anti-clean energy crowd. As someone who worked tirelessly to implement Proposition 39, and who has been appointed to the Prop 39 Citizen Oversight Board, I feel it’s my duty to clear up some of the confusion.

.....

The reporter’s first mistake: to claim to be evaluating the program after three years of operation.  In fact, funding has only been flowing from the CEC for 13 months. Because the program is funded through tax receipts, the state had to wait for the first tax year after the election to end before initiating the program; meanwhile, the legislature and CEC had to fulfill their democratic duty of passing and implementing the program details and enshrining these into law.

Evaluating Proposition 39 after just over a year of its 5-year operation is like calling the Super Bowl after just a week of preseason games. It’s simply not reasonable—especially since the projects that have been done under the proposition thus far are mostly those in the smallest districts, while the larger districts with much larger and more extensive projects (think LAUSD, Oakland, San Jose) waited until they had amassed several years of funding in order to propose their projects, and many must wait til next winter or summer break to start construction.

Another mistake: to denigrate the fact that a portion of the funds have gone to “consultants and auditors” rather than to construction costs. Energy projects are complex and require expertise, and at the very least require an audit to determine where funds would be best spent to save the maximum amount of energy and dollars. I personally wouldn’t do an energy retrofit without a professional audit, and I would hope my school district would take a similarly prudent approach. We should celebrate these schools’ planning and deliberation, not denigrate it. Moreover, many of those dreaded “consultants” are members of the non-profit California Conservation Corps, which is providing audits for the lower-income districts and training at-risk youth to do energy efficiency work. Is the AP saying that schools like Helen Wilcox School in Oroville, north of Sacramento, shouldn’t get new and more efficient lights simply because the work is being done by CCC members and not creating any traditional “new jobs”?

And finally: the reporter's mistaken claims about the Oversight Board. The AP piece has many other inconsistencies and errors that I won’t get into here, but I can’t leave this one alone. Yes, it’s true that the oversight board has never met. But that’s not because we’re just a “rubber stamp” created by the political process—it’s because under the CEC’s regulations, we aren’t supposed to meet til this fall, when we’ll be able to review and discuss the first tranche of data from the hundreds of completed Prop 39 projects that have been underway across the state during the past year. That’s right: I said hundreds of completed projects. You can find a full list of them on the CEC site here, along with the fact that they’ve already saved the state’s schools over $25 million in energy costs.

I’m looking forward to that fall Citizen Oversight Board meeting, where our discussion—unlike the AP article—will be based on real data and solid information. I hope to see many of you there. 

To read Kate's response in it's entirety, please click here.

 

SEC To Provide Education at the Green California Schools & Community Colleges Summit & Expo!

 

The School Energy Coalition (SEC) is pleased to have been invited to present at the Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit and Exposition taking place at the Pasadena Convention Center on October 29-30, 2015.

 

This year SEC, in partnership with the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.), will provide two excellent workshops that will include panels of green school facility experts as follows:

 

The Water/Energy Nexus for School Sites

This SEC and C.A.S.H. session will provide an update on the two highest priority environmental concerns for school facilities in California: Energy and Water. The Proposition 39 program and new state water regulations (Governor's Executive Order B-29-15) present challenges and opportunities for schools seeking to comply with new requirements while meeting safety concerns. If done correctly, project funding and utility savings for schools await! Join us and find out what you need to know to access funding and manage resources and investments wisely, from agency representatives and experts in the field – including case studies from schools that are moving forward with these projects.

 

Money, Money, Money, for Green Projects

This SEC and C.A.S.H. workshop will focus on providing timely information on state and federal funding for energy and water projects in light of new water mandates and the state’s goals to address climate change. Hear the latest information on the November 2016 State School Bond Initiative, local bonds, new funding available for water and energy projects in the 2015-16 State Budget, the Cap and Trade Expenditure Plan, federal Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZAB) and Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs). We will discuss how schools are moving forward with new and existing school projects through accessing these funds. Also, free feasibility studies for solar projects that may move schools to zero-net energy (ZNE) and more rebate funding! Don’t leave money on the table – leading experts on school facilities will show you how they are accessing these funds and programs.

 

For more information about the Green California Schools & Community Colleges Summit & Expo being held on October 29-30 at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California, go to: http://www.green-technology.org/gcschools15.

Keynotes and exhibit hall are free. For more information and to register, go to www.green-technology.org or call 626-577-5700.

Contact:
Carl Smith

Editor in Chief

626-577-5700

csmith@green-technology.org

 

August 12, 2015: 2015–16 Proposition 39 - California Clean Energy Jobs Act, Election to Receive Two Years of Funding in the Current Year

 

LEAs with 1,000 or less ADA reported as of the second principal apportionment for the prior year are eligible to receive in the current year both the current and subsequent year Proposition 39 award allocations. The purpose of this e-mail is to notify eligible LEAs that the 2015–16 Proposition 39 web-based application to elect to receive two years of funding is now available at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r14/prop39cceja15rfa.asp.

Those eligible LEAs will receive an e-mail, addressed to the LEA contact identified in the California School Directory, with instructions on accessing the Proposition 39 web-based application. The due date to make this election is Tuesday, September 1, 2015.

Please note that the California Department of Education (CDE) has not completed the Proposition 39 award allocation calculations for the 2015–16 fiscal year, and the CDE cautions districts’ reliance on calculations and/or estimates by other entities. The calculation will not be possible to complete until such time as the CDE knows the number of LEAs with 1,000 or less ADA that choose to receive both their current and subsequent year award allocations as allowed by Public Resources Code Section 26233(c). Once the eligible LEAs make their elections, award allocations will be proportionately calculated for the remaining LEAs. Award allocation information will be available by late November 2015.

If you have questions on the Proposition 39 Guidelines or Energy Expenditure Plans, please contact the Energy Commission by phone at 855-380-8722 or by e-mail at prop39@energy.ca.gov.

Questions:   Rebecca Lee | prop39fiscal@cde.ca.gov | 916-324-4533

Click here to view the announcement in its entirety.

 

July 24, 2015: BSC Update

For your information, the Building Standards Commission has released a bulletin regarding the Emergency Building Standards for Immediate Enforcement - Outdoor Landscape Irrigation for K-12 Public Schools and Community Colleges that was approved at the July 21, 2015 meeting. Click here to view the Bulletin.

 

 

July 8, 2015: New Water Regulations for Schools On Their Way to the Building Standards Commission on July 21, 2015

 

SEC has been invited to meetings with the Division of the State Architect (DSA) and other stakeholders regarding new rules to lower potable water consumption on school sites.

 

As a result of our discussions, many changes have been made.  The rules, which originally were going to include existing schools, now are directed at new school construction and plan approvals when new buildings are being added to existing sites. 

 

We successfully discussed self-certification of landscaping plans as well as questions regarding the breadth of the landscaping required for new buildings on existing sites.

 

The code changes to Title 24 of the Building Standards Code (BSC) originally proposed a 1:1 square footage ratio of any new building footprint over 1,000 square feet to new, or rehabilitation of, landscaping areas in the project's scope of site work that must comply with the Model Water Efficient Landscaping Ordinance (MWELO).

 

Following discussions with stakeholders, DSA most recently proposed revisions to modify the water efficiency requirements previously approved to take the 1:1 ratio down to a 75% of footprint ratio for landscaping that will need to be done when adding a new building to an existing site. 

 

SEC will address other issues in comments before final approval before the Building Standards Commission (BSC) on July 21, 2015.

 

In response to the current drought state of emergency and Governor Brown's Executive Order B-29-15, the latest proposed changes to the 2013 California Green Building Standards (CALGreen) Code require reduction in outdoor potable water use for all new building construction, and for additions over 1,000 square feet. The revisions address applicability of irrigation requirements to existing sites, and outline project fees.

 

DSA will present the proposed changes at the next BSCmeeting. Upon adoption, the new CALGreen requirements will apply to school construction projects submitted to DSA. Stay Tuned.

 

 

July 8, 2015: SEC Comments on Turf Replacement Program

 

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) presented a preliminary outline of a $3 million turf replacement program for Commercial, Industrial, and Institutional (CII) Turf Replacement Program being launched by the state with the California Conservation Corps.  Public entities are encouraged to couple this funding with other local and regional programs in their area.

 

These turf program funds have been mostly designated for Disadvantaged Communities (DAC) in the San Joaquin Valley area.  We have been told that the exact terms and conditions of the program are being worked on and are expected within 1-2 weeks. We hope to share more at the upcoming SEC/ C.A.S.H. Joint Water Workshop at the Kern County Office of Education on August 12.  More information will be sent in the next week or so.

 

SEC has submitted comments to DWR to share that the need goes way beyond the funding for schools that are already under multiple mandates for water conservation and efficiency. 

 

This is the start of hopefully many more programs addressing various water concerns and the nexus between water and energy.  SEC will continue to be on the lookout for more of these programs being funded through the Proposition 1 Water Bond.


July 8, 2015: A-6 Solar Rate

 

PG&E is proposing to reduce the Schedule A-6 solar rate to a maximum of 75 kW from the current maximum of 500 kW. As we know, school districts have invested in solar and energy conservation measures as a way to save money on their electricity bills and to give themselves greater long-term control over energy price inflation.  

 

A-6 is an energy conservation and solar-friendly rate that played into the decisions of districts to invest in these measures which may now be limiting this investment outlook.

 

SEC has been weighing in on this issue with the CPUC, making the case that schools would like to continue to assist in achieving state goals and moving priorities through energy diversity and efficiency. 

 

With many districts making significant energy saving and clean energy investments using Proposition 39 funds and leveraging other funding sources, they need to know that the State continues to support these investments.  Click here to view the letter SEC submitted to the CPUC last year.  We continue to support and advocate this position at the Commission.

 

We will keep you posted on how this proceeding moves forward. 

 

May 28, 2015: SWRCB Announces Funding Allocations for DROPS

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has adopted Guidelines for the Drought Response Outreach Program for Schools (DROPS). DROPS is focused on projects that reduce stormwater pollution and provide multiple benefits including water conservation, water supply augmentation, energy savings, increased awareness of water resource sustainability, and reduced dry weather runoff. All projects must include an education/outreach component that is designed to increase student and public understanding of the project's environmental benefits and the sustainability of California's water resources directly related to the project.  Click here to view the DROPS Funding List.

 

April 23, 2015: Green Ribbon Schools

The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) is in its fourth year continues to honor schools and districts.  They  have added a third category to this year's cycle: the Postsecondary Sustainability Award.  So this year, for the first time, you can learn the full spectrum of sustainability work in schools, from early learning to postsecondary.  This is a great way spotlight the promising practices of our honorees.   Click here to view the California honorees.

California drought spurs LA Unified water conservation efforts

As California considers emergency legislation to solve the drought crisis, LA Unified is working with city and state agencies to reduce water consumption across campuses by ripping out water-sucking grass lawns in place of native plants, swapping outdated toilets for low-flush units and recycling gray water throughout neighboring school communities.

As the largest district in the state, LA Unified consumes annually about 2.5 billion gallons of water — equivalent to the capacity of the Hollywood Reservoir.  Read more here...

 

March 6, 2015: Oakland USD Now Generating Clean Power

"Oakland Unified School District wants to reduce its impact on the environment through the use of clean renewable energy, which also dramatically reduces utility expenses and energy use, providing us with the savings to enhance academic programs and support our teachers," said OUSD Superintendent Antwan Wilson. "We are also excited to be working with SunPower in an effort to expand the learning opportunities for our students and expose them to linked learning initiatives that will help them become college and career ready."

March 2, 2015: The new Energy Expenditure Plan Online system is now available!

 

On Friday (February 27, 2015), each Local Educational Agency (LEA) was sent a "Welcome to Energy Expenditure Plan Online" e-mail that included the web address link to the Energy Expenditure Plan Online System. If your LEA did not receive the "Welcome" e-mail, please contact the Proposition 39 Hotline, toll-free at 855-380-8722, or for those out-of-state at (916) 653-0392.

 

With the web address link, your LEA can now submit Energy Expenditure Plan applications under the approved 2015 Guideline rules. The new online application system is user friendly and employs a streamlined process to submit all the elements of your Energy Expenditure Plan for review and approval.

 

Also important: The Energy Commission included a short survey in the "Welcome to Energy Expenditure Plan Online" e-mail.  Your input has helped to shape an energy project program that works best for California schools.  Please take a few minutes to give us your feedback.

 

Finally, please contact the Proposition 39 Hotline, toll-free at 855-380-8722, or for those out-of-state at (916) 653-0392, if you did not receive yesterday's "Welcome to Energy Expenditure Plan Online" e-mail.

 

 

For more information:

http://www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency/proposition39/index.html

(If link above doesn't work, please copy entire link into your web browser's URL)

 

January 30, 2015: CEC Announcement

The new Energy Expenditure Plan Online Application System, the revised Energy Expenditure Plan Handbook, and revised Energy Savings Calculator tool (Version 6) are targeted for launch at end of February 2015. At that time, the Energy Commission will post on the Proposition 39 Web page all revised program materials and

send each Local Educational Agency (LEA) a "Welcome" Email.

 

Only after the new online application system is launched, may LEAs submit Energy Expenditure Plan applications under the newly approved 2015 Guideline rules.  Also, at that time, only the revised Version 6 of the Energy Savings Calculator tool can be used in combination with the Energy Expenditure Plan online application. Finally, Proposition 39 training seminars are planned for Spring 2015 to educate LEAs on the new application system.

 

Prior to availability of the new Energy Expenditure Plan Online Application System, LEAs may continue to submit Energy Expenditure Plan applications using the existing Expenditure Plan General Form A and Expenditure Plan Project Summary Form B Excel spreadsheets.  However, these applications cannot reflect the rule changes just adopted on December 10, 2014, and must follow the Proposition 39: California Clean Energy Jobs Act - 2013 Program Implementation Guidelines (June 2014 version).

 

Questions may be directed to Prop39@energy.ca.gov or the Proposition 39 Hotline, toll-free at 855-380-8722, or for those out-of-state at (916) 653-0392.

 

Governor Brown's State Budget Proposal

Governor Jerry Brown announced his January Budget Proposal and the opening round of numbers to start the State's budget process for 2015-16.  The Proposal provides $368 million in 2015-16 for Proposition 39 funding and continues its focus on K-14 projects. 

 

Although these initial figures are higher than last year's budget, SEC will seek to find out more information regarding the corporate tax revenue figures that feed into the Proposition 39 program allocation.  The measure requires half of the increased revenues, up to $550 million per year, to be used to support energy efficiency through 2017-18.  

 

As recently as January 7, there was a surge in reported corporate tax revenue to the state.  This revenue is the source of the funding for the Clean Energy Jobs Creation Fund created by Proposition 39.  (Click here to view a SacBee article). 

 

Recall that the Governor and the Legislature directed that the Proposition 39 funding be focused on K-14 school projects only, to be determined on an annual basis in the State Budget process - and each Local Education Agency (LEA) has an individual allocation reserved for them.  This funding must be accessed by LEAs before 2017-18.

 

In 2013-14 - the first full year of revenue under this measure - K-14 schools were allocated $428 million: $381 million for K-12.

 

In 2014-15 the K-14 funding was reduced to $344.5 million: $279 million for K-12.

 

The Governor proposes in 2015-16 to allocate the $368 million of Proposition 39 energy efficiency funds - $320.1 for K-12 as follows:

  • $320.1 million K-12 school districts
  • $39.6 million to community college districts
  • $5.3 million to the California Conservation Corps for continued technical assistance to K-12 school districts.
  • $3 million to the Workforce Investment Board for continued implementation of the job-training program

 

At this time there is no mention of ECAA low interest loan program funding. 

 

The Environment Protection section of the State Budget proposal includes $20 million to the California Energy Commission for "energy efficient public buildings" under the Cap and Trade Expenditure Plan and $1.7 billion to implement the state's Water Bond Action Plan.


Calling his proposed budget "tightly balanced" the Governor indicated that he would be discussing a school facilities funding process with school districts, labor, builders, and other stakeholders, but no state school bond was included in this proposal.

 

Michael Cohen of the State's Department of Finance spoke after the Governor, saying that they will be further refining these budget numbers in the May Revision.  

SEC will certainly be asking questions of the state regarding other revenue such as tax deferrals that should be added to the 2014-15 funding and whether there needs to be a "true-up" of that year's funding in addition to this year's allocation.

The School Energy Coalition is the only school-based organization that is focused on funding, technical assistance and program flexibility for K-14 energy and water projects.  We need your continued support as we enter into budget discussions, utility savings, rate protection and future funding in this area. 

 

Your comments and concerns are appreciated and encouraged please feel free to contact me at aferrera@m-w-h.com


December 23, 2014: SEC Federal Energy News for Schools

Tax Extenders Package Signed by President - An opportunity to make some of them permanent in the New Year

The Senate has approved the one-year tax extenders package already cleared by the House, and sent the measure to the President for signature.  Tax extenders are a hodge-podge of tax expenditures or tax breaks for certain purposes that have only been authorized for a year or two at a time. 

Essentially, this current short-term deal restores, for this year, an array of credits and deductions that expired at the end of 2013.  Thus they will expire again in two weeks.  However, the legislation could save businesses and individuals billions as they file their current year's taxes over the coming months.

Congressional leaders earlier this month neared an agreement that would have made some of the most popular business provisions permanent.  Under threat of veto from the White House, negotiations collapsed, paving the way for this short-term solution.


It also paves the way for Republicans, who will soon take control of both chambers of Congress, to take a fresh look at which extenders to make permanent -- and which ones to eliminate -- sometime next year.

Section 179D -- Incentive Energy Efficiency for Public Buildings in Package

Within this package is an extension for a program related to Section 179D of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

179D is a Federal incentive for "owners" and "designers" to make commercial and government buildings more energy efficient. Public buildings have no tax liability so in 2008 Congress specified that public owners could allocate this deduction to "designers" of the qualifying energy saving buildings.

Per IRS Notice 2008-40 definition: A designer is a person thatcreates the technical specifications for installation of energy efficient commercial building property... A designer may include, for example, an architect, engineer, contractor, environmental consultant or energy services provider who creates the technical specifications.

The 3 areas available for this program are: Lighting, HVAC, and Building Envelope.

Once enacted into law, the 179D Tax Deduction will be available for all projects placed into service during the 2014 tax year.

The bill would also extend bonus depreciation at 50% (percent). Additionally, a 15-year straight-line cost recovery for qualified leasehold improvements, qualified restaurant building improvements, and qualified retail improvements would be extended.

The House Ways and Means Committee estimated the cost of HR 5771 at $44.7 billion over 10 years.

Federal Energy Efficiency Bill -- Advocacy Opportunity for Schools

Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Ron Portman took to the Senate floor again last night to try passing a smaller version of their energy efficiency bill that already cleared the House, but it did not go through. It will likely be re-introduced in the next year and this may provide an opportunity for advocacy for federal funding of school energy efficiency projects and installations.

The reintroduced Shaheen-Portman legislation used a variety of low-cost tools to help energy users become more efficient while making the country's largest energy user - the federal government - reduce its energy use through the use of energy-efficient technology. 

The deficit neutral bill would have incentivized the use of efficiency technologies that are commercially available today, be widely deployed across the country, and quickly pay for themselves through energy savings.  


The reintroduced bill incorporates an additional ten bipartisan amendments that would have helped the United States transition to a more energy-efficient economy while driving economic growth and private sector job creation.

A study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) estimates that Shaheen-Portman would have created more than 190,000 jobs, saved consumers $16.2 billion a year, and cut CO2 emissions and other air pollutants by the equivalent of taking 22 million cars off the road - all by 2030.

Senator Murkowski noted that "it's with regret that I say we'll take it up again next year. But my hope is that we will do right by our energy policy." 


The Senate won't meet again until the 114th Congress begins at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 6.  SEC may want to seek out opportunities for language that directly addresses school facilities or installations in this bill.

December 23, 2014 DROPS Update

SEC met with the State Department of Water Resources and the Division of the State Architect (DSA) last week on questions potential school applicants were having that were interested in applying for the Drought Response Outreach Program for Schools (DROPS) program. 

 

The focus of the discussion was on whether these projects trigger ADA access rules under DSA.  As a result of our discussion, DSA agreed to review the types of projects that are being considered under the DROPS program and will be issuing some preliminary guidance regarding these projects so schools are aware of the potential state and federal obligations, if any. 

 

SEC also discussed whether deadline extensions might be considered as we wait for this information, it was agreed that we will wait to hear from DSA first on this issue.  Perhaps in the first week of January.  Because the January 15 deadline still stands - schools should move forward with their applications until we hear otherwise.

 

DROPS is focused on projects that reduce stormwater pollution and provide multiple benefits including water conservation, water supply augmentation, energy savings, increased awareness of water resource sustainability, and reduced dry weather runoff.  Currently, the deadline for these applications is January 15.

 

All projects must include an education/outreach component that is designed to increase student and public understanding of the project's environmental benefits and the sustainability of California's water resources directly related to the project.  This may also present an access requirement, according to DSA because when a project is considered educational - potentially even something like an informational placard in front of a stormwater drainage area describing its use and benefit to the environment for students - it may be required to have access.

 

We will continue to keep you informed as this program moves forward.

 

Click here for more information on the DROPS program. 

December 12, 2014: CEC Approves Revised Guidelines

The School Energy Coalition (SEC) is pleased to report that we are starting the year with another success!!  The SEC-supported proposed California Energy Commission (CEC) Guidelines to implement the K-14 Proposition 39 Program were approvedtoday at 12:30 p.m. at the Commission's Business Meeting at the agency's headquarters in Sacramento. 

SEC had already done the legwork to ensure that our concerns were addressed and provided follow-up input and letters to the Commission.

Anna Ferrera was there in-person today to provide testimony on behalf of our statewide members and our organization which is focused on energy efficiency & renewable projects for California's students. 

Text of our SEC testimony below:

 

"We are pleased to share our strong support for the proposed CEC guidelines being considered today - especially the broadening of the SIR formula to include LEA-wide projects under one energy expenditure plan submittal.

This change will go a long way to allow schools to meet the SIR requirements and receive approval of their EEPs. 

SEC is also very appreciative that additional contract language referencing the Public Contract Code was removed in the interest of clarity and to limit confusion. 

We support the direction of the new SIR formula for PPAs in the hopes that it will work better for schools that have already done efficiency work and want to have this option.  Although we understand there are some concerns remaining with this language.

We stand ready to assist the Commission as you continue to process school applications for this funding and to share more information regarding projects moving forward - along with any concerns or challenges that may surface as LEAs move through the funding process. 

Finally, we are pleased to see that funding approvals are now moving out from your agency at a faster pace with over 200 plans approved as of this week covering 606 schools statewide.

We thank you and your staff for your efforts to understand how school facilities work in California.  We appreciate your hard work to make this program more effective for LEAs while acknowledging that flexibility is needed as schools have varying histories with energy installations and come in all sizes and configurations."

Stay tuned for more information on how these new Guidelines are being implemented and when new forms and other online reporting infrastructures will be available. See the most current information from CEC below.


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The CEC released an announcement today regarding initial timeline for Guidelines is as follows:

Many Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) are now asking - "When can we apply under the new Guidelines?"

In February 2015, the Energy Commission will release a new Proposition 39 program On-line Energy Expenditure Plan Application System. Starting at that time, LEAs may submit Energy Expenditure Plan applications under the newly approved 2015 Guidelines.  In addition, Proposition 39 training seminars are planned for early 2015 to train LEAs on the new application system. An updated Energy Expenditure Plan Handbook is also planned for release at that time, providing easy to use instructions on the new application system.

Until the release of the new on-line application system (targeted for February 2015) LEAs may continue to submit Energy Expenditure Plan applications using the existing Expenditure Plan General Form A and Expenditure Plan Project Summary Form B Excel spreadsheets.  However, these applications cannot reflect the rule changes just adopted on December 10, 2014, and must follow the Proposition 39: California Clean Energy Jobs Act - 2013 Program Implementation Guidelines (June 2014 version). 

Only when the new on-line Energy Expenditure Plan Application System is operational, will LEAs be allowed to apply for Proposition 39 program awards under the newly adopted 2015 Guidelines. Questions may be directed to Prop39@energy.ca.govor the Proposition 39 Hotline, toll-free at 855-380-8722 or out-of-state at (916) 653-0392.

For more information:

http://www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency/proposition39/index.html

(If link above doesn't work, please copy entire link into your web browser's URL)

 

December 12, 2014: News on the Proposition 39 Citizens Oversight Board Shared at the CEC Meeting

Kate Gordon called in to today's CEC Business Meeting to make supportive remarks with regard to Guideline changes and for the work agency staff has done with schools.  Kate is the VP and Director of the Climate Change Program at Next Generation, the non-profit organization founded by Tom Steyer - who helped draft Proposition 39. 

Kate has participated in SEC events on Proposition 39 in the past and we hope to continue that good relationship going forward now that she has been appointed to the Proposition 39 Citizens Oversight Board (COB). 

Kate reports that although the group has not met yet, it probably will soon given that all the Board members have now been appointed by the State Treasurer and the Controller. 

Other Members of the COB:

  • Steven Sakurai, CFO of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation

  • James "Walkie" Ray, Engineer & Partner, Sanderson J. Ray Development

  • Dana Cuff, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, UCLA

  • Gary Kremen, Chairman, Sociogramics

  • Erik Emblem, Administrator and COO, Western States Council - Sheet Metal Workers

 

December 8, 2014: CEC Business Meeting to Review Proposed Revisions to Proposition 39 Guidelines

Click here to view the notice of the December 10, 2014 Business Meeting.  The meeting is available to view online.

December 5, 2014: Proposition 39 Update

The week before Thanksgiving, SEC determined that the Contracts section on page 36 of the proposed Proposition 39 Guidelines would have potentially required project awards of over $15,000 to be competitively bid. 

SEC is pleased to inform you now that - after meeting with staff from the California Department of Education (CDE), the California Energy Commission (CEC), and key state Legislators, while providing this letter on the issue - the proposed language in the Contracts section was removed from the language that will be going to the General Business meeting on December 10 for approval by the CEC Commissioners.

This change in the state's direction came about solely because SEC elevated this issue. 

Now - SEC has successfully argued against the proposed Contract language, but LEAs are not out of the woods yet.  More attempts to change or clarify this program could work against LEAs.  

One of the arguments made against the proposed changes is that competitive bidding had been considered and rejected in the budget process and in the legislative process for an implementing bill.  This could, however, be changed with new legislation.  SEC will remain vigilant on the issue of contracting under Proposition 39 to ensure that these projects retain their current flexibility in the awarding of these funds.

It is very likely that President Pro Tempore de Leon, or another legislative member, will introduce bills seeking to "fix" the problem of defining a non-sole source process, perhaps with competitive bidding.  There are also other ways that new interpretations of the non-sole source process may be articulated under Proposition 39 that we will need to watch for closely. 


These interpretations may come through agencies with jurisdiction over funding or audits with regard to the Proposition 39 program or, for example, audit guidance that may be drafted by the state's Education Audit Appeals Panel (EAAP). 

This proposed language could have added a layer of complexity to the contracting process for LEAs and to the auditing process for these energy projects, above and beyond what is currently required, under the Proposition 39 program. 


CEC Releases Substantive Changes on September 26, 2014

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has begun a comprehensive substantive changes input process for the Proposition 39: California Clean Energy Jobs Act 2015 Program Implementation Guidelines.

The proposed draft revisions are now available online at:http://www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency/proposition39/index.html

Click here to view the letter SEC wrote to CEC in anticipation of revisions to the Prop 39 Guidelines. Feel free to use the SEC letter as a template for your own letter to the Energy Commission. 

The CEC has invited the public to provide comments through October 27,2014, by emailing docket@energy.ca.gov.  In the email subject line, please indicate Prop 39 13-CCEJA-01.


 

August 28, 2014: State Approves $66 Million in Prop 39 Money More than 75 energy plans approved by California Energy Commission in first fiscal year

SACRAMENTO - More than $66 million of California Clean Energy Jobs Act [http://energy.ca.gov/efficiency/proposition39/] (Prop 39) money is going to 244 schools in California that submitted energy project spending plans to the California Energy Commission during the first fiscal year of the program. The funds will be used to improve building energy efficiency and expand clean energy generation in schools.

More than $380 million was available the first year. Local Education Agencies (LEAs), including county offices of education, school districts, charter schools, and state special schools, are eligible for funding and request money by submitting an energy expenditure plan application to the Energy Commission. LEAs had an option to receive part or all of their first-year award allocation for energy planning purposes.

"Nationally, K-12 schools spend more money on energy than computers and textbooks combined," said Commissioner Andrew McAllister, who is the agency's lead on energy efficiency issues. "The Energy Commission and Local Education Agencies are taking the lessons learned over the last year and working to streamline the application process, adapt it to best meet schools' needs, and ensure overall program success. Prop 39 allows schools to apply for funding over the next four years so that they can continue making improvements - and then spend the savings to educate students."

Read more here...

August 15, 2014: California Regulators Approve PG&E Rate Hike

SAN FRANCISCO —California regulators have approved a nearly $2.4 billion rate hike for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers that will see the typical customer's monthly bill increase by $7.50 starting in the fall.

The California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously in favor of the increase on Thursday. It will be phased in over three years.

According to PG&E, the average residential customer's $129 monthly gas and electricity bill will climb by $7.50. Part of the increase is expected to go into effect in September, with the rest following in October.

 

August 12, 2014: California community colleges green-energy projects get $45 million boost

California's community colleges are getting greener with the help of a clean-energy tax measure that brought them $40 million in the past academic year alone for infrastructure upgrades and $5 million for green-jobs training. Katy Murphy in the San Jose Mercury.

August 8, 2014: CEC Issues EEP Notice

Please be aware of the following notice issued by the CEC -  Friday, August 8, 2014. 

 

The CEC is directly requesting that ALL Energy Expenditure Plans (EEP) submitted for review for funding approval MUST contain information articulated in Chapter 6 of the EEP Handbook. 

 

**Please make sure you have included this information or you may have your EEP returned to you as incomplete. 

 

Also -- Be sure you are reviewing the requirements in Chapter 6 (pages 58-63) of the Handbook, NOT the Guidelines.  This chapter was recently added to the Handbook (July 30, 2014).

 

Use the July 2014 Version of the PROPOSITION 39:  California Clean Energy Jobs Act - 2013 ENERGY EXPENDITURE PLAN HANDBOOK (Revised) - click here to view the current version.  

 

According to the CEC, the "Commission has received many EEPs with no project descriptions, studies or calculations, and only spreadsheets and incentive documents as back up documentation. Often the data is not identified with a particular project or school site. These submittals make review and approval difficult and time-consuming, requiring back and forth communication among Energy Commission staff, the LEA and the energy consultant."

 

Chapter 6 of the CEC July 2014 Handbook specifies the following:

 

- Facility Background Info

- Energy Efficiency Measurement Summaries

- Grants and Incentives

- Appendices (Baseline Energy Use, Benchmarking, Energy Balance Estimates, and Energy Efficiency Calculations)

 

 

July 29, 2014: CEC Update

The California Energy Commission (CEC) sent the following message regarding the window for annual Energy Expenditure Plan (EEP) submittal for 2013-14:

 

The last day for LEAs to submit their fiscal year 2013-14 is August 31, 2014.  EEPs received by the Energy Commission starting September 1, 2014 will be considered fiscal year 2014-15 submittals and should be designated as such on Form A. 

 

As of September 1, 2014, the CEC will no longer accept EEPs designated fiscal year 2013-14. 

 

The Energy Commission will revise EEPs submitted on or after September 1, 2014 with an inaccurately dated Form A.  Please remember that the Energy Commission will only accept one EEP per fiscal year.

LEAs' unused California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39) awards roll forward each fiscal year. LEAs that do not submit an EEP in fiscal year 2013-14 will not lose their entitlements. This extension does not impact multi-year EEP submittals. 

Click here for the most recent approvals.


June 19, 2014: State Budget

The State Budget provides $279 million for Proposition 39 K-12 grants, to be allocated on a per-ADA basis, plus $28 million for the Energy Conservation Assistance Act (ECAA) loan program, which is administered by the California Energy Commission.  

The Conference Committee did not change their prior action to adopt the $111 million in lower Proposition 39 funds plus a shift of $28 million from school district grants to the ECAA loans from the California Energy Commission. The effect is to reduce per pupil grants by approximately $21 below the current year (2013-14) grant amounts.

Also of note, the California Energy Commission has updated the number of EEPs approved on their website.  There are now 16 projects approved.  Click here to access the website, then see in the upper right hand corner the link leading to the updated listing of projects.

 

June 12, 2014: Budget deal gives 25 percent of cap-and-trade money to high-speed rail

Sacramento Bee

Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have agreed to a proposal to use 25 percent of future cap-and-trade revenue - money polluters pay to offset carbon emissions - to provide ongoing funding for construction of California's high-speed rail project, according to part of a budget deal legislators will consider Thursday, sources said.

The amount falls short of the 33 percent Brown originally sought but is more than the Senate Democrats proposed.

The use of cap-and-trade money is one of the most controversial elements remaining in a spending plan Brown and lawmakers are finalizing this week. Lawmakers are expected to finish committee work on the budget Thursday, with floor votes Sunday, the constitutional deadline.

Cap-and-trade auctions could generate as much as $1 billion in 2014-15. The deal lawmakers are considering for the $68 billion high-speed rail calls for ongoing funding beginning in the 2015-16 budget year.

In addition to high-speed rail, the deal calls for 15 percent of cap-and-trade revenue to go to other transportation projects and 20 percent to go to affordable housing projects and other programs that help reduce greenhouse gases.

The remaining 40 percent of cap-and-trade revenue would go to various transportation, natural resources, energy and other projects.

 


June 3, 2014: Budget and CEC Update

We have been meeting this week with state representatives on budget and legislative issues regarding funding for Proposition 39 energy projects. 

 

With regard to the budget deliberations and the potential transfer of $28 million of grant funds to the ECAA low interest loan program, SEC has sent a letter to the Budget Conference Committee which begin their deliberations tomorrow. Click here to view. 

 

CEC Announcement Addresses Future Substantive Guideline Changes

 

The Energy Commission has sent out a short notice today regarding a proposed substantive change to the Proposition 39 Guidelines to be addressed at a June 18 Business Meeting. The change is related to eligibility requirements applicable to LEAs that occupy leased publicly-owned facilities, leased privately-owned facilities and their own private facilities. We are being told that this is the only substantive change to the guidelines that will be addressed at this upcoming meeting.

 

The interesting thing about this posting is that it goes on to give us a glimpse of how the CEC may be addressing some of our larger or more substantive concerns regarding their Proposition 39 Guidelines in the future.

 

In particular, the statement goes on to say that:

 

"The Energy Commission is planning a comprehensive substantive changes cycle for the Guidelines beginning in the Fall of 2014, with completion near the end of the year. Staff has been compiling requested changes since the Guidelines were adopted in December 2013. More details of this process and the schedule will be posted on the Commission's Proposition 39 Web page and sent to the list serve." 

Emphasis ours. 

 

In particular, it is concerning that the plan appears to be that any other substantive issues related to the CEC Guidelines may not be addressed until Fall. 

 

SEC has had a large role in providing input to the relevant agencies on the issues facing schools in moving plans forward thus far and have been in communication with CEC on the future process for changes to the Guidelines.  

 

To that end, SEC is also working on a school survey on Proposition 39 process with the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.) to find out where California's schools are in the funding process and to pinpoint some of the bottlenecks and challenges they are facing so we might address them with the State earlier.

 

Please help us inform those who can make changes and return the survey promptly when it reaches you.  We hope to have it ready in the next two weeks.

 

Please stay tuned and encourage your neighboring schools to join us as SEC moves forward.  We are the primary organization that advocates for schools on these energy project funding issues.

 

June 9, 2014: CDE Green Schools Social Media

CDE announces that the School Facilities and Transportation Services Division’s first social media effort is now underway! California Green Ribbon Schools (CA-GRS) is represented on both Facebook and Twitter, with both feeds managed by Lesley Taylor, our program lead. CA-GRS is Superintendent Torlakson’s state-level initiative mirroring U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools. As program stakeholders and supporters of green schools, CDE invites you to engage with these resources:

California Green Ribbon Schools on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CAGreenRibbon/

@CAGreenRibbon on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CAGreenRibbon

 

May 28, 2014: Budget Update Sent to Members on May 21

On May 21, 2014, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee met to discuss the changes to the Governor's 2014-15 Budget Proposal in the May Revision announced earlier this week.

 

As we informed you, the Governor has added an additional $9 million in cuts to the Proposition 39 funding to K-12 and $1.5 million to the portion for Community Colleges for 2014-15.

 

Click here to see the SEC letter to the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education. 

 

Please use it to write your own letter and add your school's progress on Proposition 39 - whatever that may be - and your own story and details regarding the projects you are trying to move forward and the savings you hope to achieve through the California Energy Commission's (CEC) approval process.  Particularly the difficulty in planning for projects if full funding does not materialize.

 

The Legislature needs to hear from schools and community colleges directly on the impact of funding reductions now.

 

Proposition 39 Approval Process

 

We are continuing our work with all state agencies involved with Proposition 39 to address issues and challenges that LEAs are facing in moving their plans forward.  Remember that the CEC stated when they approved the guidelines that changes could be made to the process in as little as 15-30 days if they agreed with concerns stakeholders are raising.  

 

A friendly reminder that, once complete, an LEA's approved plan will be batched with others for the processing of warrants at the California Department of Education.  Each step takes time and we urge you to take this into account as you plan your project installations or construction.

 

We will continue to need your help in articulating any concerns or problems and would appreciate your feedback, no matter how small or large, in this process.

 

We can change it but we will need your help!

 

Please email us with your comments and concerns regarding the current approval process.

 

May 15, 2014: Budget Update

The Assembly Budget Subcommittee is meeting today to discuss the changes to the Governor's 2014-15 Budget Proposal in the May Revision announced earlier this week.

As we informed you, the Governor has added an additional $9 million in cuts to the Proposition 39 funding to K-12 and $1.5 million to the portion for Community Colleges for 2014-15.

Click here to see the SEC letter to the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education. 

Please use it to write your own letter and add your school's progress on Proposition 39 - whatever that may be - and your own story and details regarding the projects you are trying to move forward and the savings you hope to achieve through the California Energy Commission's (CEC) approval process.  Particularly the difficulty in planning for projects if full funding does not materialize.

The Legislature needs to hear from schools and community colleges directly on the impact of funding reductions now.

 

 

May Revision Update

The Governor's May Revision decreased the amount of funding to Proposition 39 by $9 million for K-12 and $1.5 million for Community Colleges for a total cut of $10.5 million for the 2014-15 budget year to K-14 schools.

 

The Clean Energy Jobs Act is slated to fund public energy projects for the budget years 2013-14 through 2017-18, through revenue generated from a corporate tax change. The measure requires half of the increased revenues, up to $550 million per year, to be used for this purpose.

 

The Governor's May Budget of $156.2 billion reflects a 1.3 billion dollar increase over the January estimate of 154.9 billion; however the Governor has chosen to apply new funds to cover recently expanded rolls in the state's Medi-Cal program and to lower long-term debt. 

 

We will continue to fight to bring Proposition 39 funding back to 2013-14 levels as the State Budget discussions move through the state Legislative process.  We believe the Legislature may feel differently about where to apply the increased revenue.

 

We urge you to move forward with your plans so we may show the Legislature our progress.  Be aware, however, that funding levels are subject to changes per the State Budget.

 

As always SEC will have the most up-to-date information on Proposition 39 and school energy project funding and is the lead school organization on this issue in California.  Your support and involvement will be critical as we lead this fight - please ask your neighboring schools to join us if they haven't done so already.

 

SEC Weighs in on a Solar Rate Deliberation at CPUC

The California Public Utilities Commission is hearing from interested parties regarding a proposed change in eligibility for A-6 solar rates requested by PG&E. 

The change would make this rate available to a much smaller universe of customers – 75 kw and below rather than the existing 499 kw and below.

Click here to view the SEC letter.

We Need Your Help

Please Urge the Governor to Support a School Bond

 

Letters to the Governor are needed in support of a 2014 State School Bond.  The Legislature appears to be willing to move a bill forward however the Governor needs to hear from schools and the private sector involved with facility projects to move a proposal through to the voters.

 

SEC is working in conjunction with the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.) on a letter-writing campaign to tell the Governor we need a bond on the November 2014 ballot.  We hope a groundswell of communications will convince the Governor of the significant need for an ongoing State-local partnership for the provision of school facilities.

 

Two possible template letters are identified below - one for LEAs and one for businesses.  It is important to personalize the letter and tell your unique story, highlighting the positive impact a bond would have on your community.  This includes being able to leverage modernization funding with Proposition 39 dollars to have the efficiency effects go further.  (See our SEC letter to the Committee on the bond bill here see text of AB 2235 here.)

 

Time is of the essence, so please act promptly.  We request that letters be mailed to the Governor's office by Friday, April 18. 

 

Please copy Aileen Dalen (SEC Staff) at adalen@m-w-h.com.

 

Templates:

School District Letter Template

Business Letter Template

 

Pass the word along!  All members, please reach out to those with whom you do business and request their support.  Associate members, please encourage your clients to draft their own letters.

 

EPA Announces Winner of Annual Energy Star National Building Competition

WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that an elementary school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has won the annual Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. Teams from more than 3,000 buildings across the country spent the past year competing to obtain the greatest reduction in energy use. Claiborne Elementary School won by cutting its energy use nearly in half.

“When we save money on energy costs and increase energy efficiency, we all win,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “I congratulate the competitors and finalists for their dedication to reducing emissions and carbon pollution, and for their leadership in increasing energy efficiency to combat the impacts of our changing climate.”

In support of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which calls for buildings to cut waste and become at least 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020, the competition targeted wasted energy in buildings and motivated building owners and occupants to improve energy efficiency, reduce harmful carbon pollution, and save money. Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for nearly 20 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion per year.

Together, competitors in this year’s National Building Competition saved more than $20 million and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 130,000 metric tons—equal to the annual electricity use of nearly 18,000 homes. Many organizations used the competition to involve people—such as staff and students—who might not ordinarily be engaged in such efforts.

Read more here...

 

April 3, 2014: CEC Releases Update

 

Energy Commission Approves First Wave of Proposition 39 Energy Expenditure Plans

 

Schools in Alameda County, Temecula and Salinas among the first to have projects approved to receive funding from Department of Education

 

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission approved the first set of energy expenditure plans for projects that will be funded by the California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39). Schools in Alameda County, Temecula and Salinas will be able to use tens of thousands of dollars for classroom and school facility energy efficiency upgrades and clean energy projects.

 

"Proposition 39 injects millions into California's schools to upgrade aging heating, air and lighting systems," said Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. "School-by-school, these investments will boost energy efficiency, save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

 

Local education agencies (LEAs), including county offices of education, school districts, charter schools, and state special schools, are eligible for funding. A total of $381 million is available for the first fiscal year of the Proposition 39 program. Schools can request funding for energy projects by submitting an energy expenditure plan application to the Energy Commission. LEAs have the option to receive part or all of their first-year award allocation for energy planning purposes.

 

The first schools to get their plans approved will receive the following amounts from California's Department of Education for their energy projects:

 

 -   Temecula Valley Charter School requested $50,783 to replace its Heating, Ventilation and Air   Conditioning (HVAC) system

 -   Temecula Preparatory Academy requested $50,979 to replace its HVAC system

 -   Alameda County Office of Education requested $28,140 to fund interior and exterior lighting retrofits

 -   Santa Rita Union Elementary School District requested $115,438 to replace its HVAC system and fund interior and exterior light retrofits

 

"Optimizing energy use in schools can save them money and improve the learning environment for students," said Energy Commissioner Andrew McAllister. "The Commission's goal is to enable schools to identify good projects and put together a plan, and then expedite the funding approval so construction can begin."

 

To help schools through the application process, the Energy Commission developed easy-to-use energy savings calculator tools for simple energy projects and applications. Schools can apply for funds using these online resources (energy.ca.gov/efficiency/proposition39/) and get advice by calling the toll-free hotline: (855) 380-8722.

 

"The Commission's online energy savings calculators and other planning tools helped most of these applicants develop their plans for Commission approval," said McAllister.

 

 

March 17, 2014: Salinas schools switch on energy saving plans

The Californian posted an article about what Salinas schools want to do with their Proposition 39 awards, click above link to view full article:

“I was at the school board meeting last night and I was glad to hear that we’re one of the schools that will be refurbished,” said Melissa Lewington, Roosevelt principal for the past three years. “It’s a great-looking school and it needs to be preserved.”

"Replacing the windows at Roosevelt and other aging schools is on the priority list in the Salinas City Elementary School District. Officials say those and other improvements will be made once an energy audit is completed and sent to the state."

...

"Among the priorities in Salinas City are replacing furnaces and windows and upgrading lighting systems in some of the oldest school buildings in the city. The windows at Lincoln and Roosevelt schools, for example, are 60 and 70 years old, Ryan said."

"The Salinas Union High School District is ready to put its Proposition 39 funding to use now. Officials are close to removing some “energy guzzlers” at some schools, said Karen Luna, director of maintenance, planning and facilities."

"That includes removal of old swimming pool pumps at two schools and modernizing lighting systems at several parking lots and buildings, Luna said."

 

March 3, 2014: CEC Calculators

What's up with the CA Energy Commission's (CEC) Proposition 39 calculators? We have been receiving various reports regarding the Savings-to-Investment Ratio (SIR) calculation along with the energy savings calculators that schools may apply to benchmark or determine energy efficiencies and savings on measures such as lighting or HVAC.

The good news is that although the SIR calculation is mandatory, it is a formula calculation that most schools can do themselves once they have the data required.

As for the 21 calculators for the other energy measures that a school may contemplate for an energy expenditure plan (EEP), Local Education Agencies (LEA) are not required to use those calculators.

According to the CEC, the agency is providing the calculators as "alternative resource tools to LEAs that have limited resources," however, LEAs may prefer to run the energy savings calculations themselves.

Need Some Other Energy Funding Ideas?
Register for the SEC Webinar -- School Roofing Systems and Proposition 39: How it Works - and hear how building envelope projects work with Proposition 39 funding.

If you need a new roof or are wondering if roofing systems qualify for Proposition 39 funding, then this is a great opportunity to generate energy efficiency through an improved building envelope and a major building block for future energy improvements.

We will provide a brief update on Proposition 39 at the end of that presentation.

Register today!

February 19, 2014: CEC Releases Schedule of Training Webinars

Please click here to view the CEC schedule of training webinars.

February 12, 2014: Controller Appoints Three Members to the Citizens Oversight Board

 

State Controller John Chiang has appointed three members to the board created to oversee Proposition 39, the California Clean Energy Jobs Act.

Approved by voters in November 2012, Proposition 39 requires multistate businesses to calculate their California income tax liability based on the percentage of their sales in California. Half of the revenue generated will be dedicated to energy efficiency and alternative energy projects, with the remainder earmarked for public schools and community colleges.

Board members appointed by the Controller:

  • Dana Cuff, professor of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles Read biography
  • Erik Emblem, executive administrator and chief operating officer of the Western States Council-Sheet Metal Workers in Sacramento Read biography
  • Gary Kremen, clean technology engineer, entrepreneur and inventor; founder and Chairman of Sociogramics in Palo Alto Read biography

 

February 7, 2014

Click here to view the letter SEC sent to the Legislature regarding the Governor's Proposed 2014-15 State Budget.

January 31, 2014: CEC Posts Handbook, Formulas and Calculators!

"The California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39) is now accepting Energy Expenditure Plans. Please see our Proposition 39 page for details including the Handbook, Forms, Calculators and Resources."

Please click here to view.

January 24, 2014: Treasurer Lockyer Announces Appointments to the Citizens Oversight Board Created by Proposition 39

SACRAMENTO – State Treasurer Bill Lockyer today announced his three appointments to the Citizens Oversight Board (Board) created by Proposition 39 to ensure accountability for the expenditure of energy efficiency funds allocated by the initiative. “I’m pleased to appoint three exceptional individuals to this important Board that will help ensure funds in this exciting new program are used wisely,” said Lockyer.

“All of them bring a wealth of experience and qualifications, and a dedication to public service.” Proposition 39, passed by voters in November, 2012, established the Clean Energy Job Creation Fund (Fund) to finance energy efficiency and clean energy projects at schools and other public facilities. The Fund receives revenues generated by a change in law that increased income taxes on some corporations. Lockyer appointed the following three people to the Board: 

  • Steven Sakurai, chief financial officer of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, and adjunct professor at Sacramento State University, where he teaches a graduate course on sustainable development and green building.
  • James “Walkie” Ray, an engineer and partner at Sanderson J. Ray Development, and a member of the boards of directors of the One World One Ocean Foundation, the M.I.N.D. Research Institute and the Taco Bell Discovery Science Center.
  • Kate Gordon, vice president and director of the Energy and Climate Program for Next Generation, and previously vice president of the Energy Environment at the Center for American Progress.

 The State Treasurer, State Attorney General and State Controller each appoint three members to the Board, which also includes ex-officio members designated by the California Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission.  

 

January 2, 2014: CEC Establishes Hotline

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has established a hotline:

Toll-free for those in-state: 855-380-8722 Toll-line for out of state: 916-653-0392

Schools can call these numbers with questions about how to apply for Proposition 39 (California Clean Jobs Act) awards.  


Prop. 39 provides up to $550 million annually for five fiscal years starting in the 2013/14 fiscal year.  

The funding can be used to improve energy efficiency, use more clean energy and save money, while helping to create jobs in the process. 



December 19, 2013: CEC Approves Proposition 39 Guidelines

Click here to view the revised Proposition 39 Guidelines.

Click here to view the summary of changes.

December 18, 2013: Energy Commission Business Meeting - Agenda December 19, 2013

1516 Ninth Street

Hearing Room A - First Floor

Sacramento, California 95814

10 a.m.

(Wheelchair Accessible)

Click here to view the Agenda.

 

 

December 18, 2013: SEC Submits Letter to CEC

Please click here to view the letter the School Energy Coalition submitted to the California Energy Coalition today.

December 16, 2013: SEC Member Davis Joint Unified in Davis Enterprise

"The Davis Joint Unified School District, on the other hand, focused on energy consumption first. “We started with conservation and behavioral changes and saw a 30 percent savings,” said Associate Superintendent Bruce Colby."

http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/agencies-share-updates-on-solar/

 

December 11, 2013: Net Energy Metering Proceeding on Grandfathering Solar Projects at CPUC

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has requested comments on the grandfathering provisions.  Click here for a sample letter you can use to weigh in from your school district or COE.

Please send your letters to the following email address at the CPUC: public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov

Your individual input is extremely helpful in this decision making process.  It is vital that current projects continue under the rules they were negotiated under. Please copy us on your letters to the CPUC - thanks for your participation!

 

November 21, 2013: Planning Funds

We are getting questions regarding when planning funds may reach Local Education Agencies.  We are pleased to inform you - hot off the presses - that the California Department of Education has made the following posting on their website located at:

http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r14/prop3913apptltr1.asp

CDE states in the message below it that "warrants will be mailed to each county treasurer approximately four weeks from the date of their Notice." 

"For standardized account code structure coding, use Resource Code 6230, California Clean Energy Jobs Act, and Revenue Object Code 8590, All Other State Revenue."  For all practical purposes, it looks like LEAs will receive planning funds after the first of the year.

Click here to view the Proposition 39 web page on the CDE Website.  Please note that the "Schedule of the First Apportionment" lists the funds LEAs should receive.
 

 

November 20, 2013: LAO Releases Fiscal Outlook

The Legislative Analyst's Office released the five-year revenue and expenditure estimates for California's State Budget. This is the most optimistic projection since 2007-08. We hope that it will not suffer the same recession battered fate as the 2007-08 projection.

The top line is State General Fund revenue growing by $27.1 billion between now and 2019-20 (even after the end of the Proposition 30 sales and income tax increases). Of this, the 2013-14 revenues are expected to be $4.7 billion above the Governor's Budget projection, while 2014-15 will be $5.8 billion greater than 2013-14.

Proposition 98
The minimum guarantee is projected to be $2.7 billion greater than the Governor's Budget projection for the current year 2013-14, and increase by an additional $5.0 billion for 2014-15 and $3.1 billion for 2015-16.

Proposition 39
The LAO projects that Corporate Income Tax will not grow as fast as projected in the budget. This could mean no significant growth in Proposition 39 funding.

Because the Legislature has to appropriate the funds each year, the 2014-15 per pupil allocation will not be set until after the State Budget is adopted in June.

~Dave Walrath


SEC remains on the watch for final Proposition 39 guidelines and we will let you know as soon as they are posted. The CEC Business Meeting to approve the final guidelines has been formally announced and will be held on December 19, 2013.

 


October 28, 2013: Letters Sent to CEC

Please click here to view the letter the Coalition for Adequate School Housing sent to the California Energy Commission.

We received permission to post the letter the San Diego Unified School District sent to the California Energy Commission yesterday.  Please click here to view.

We received permission to post the letter the Mendocino County Office of Education sent to the California Energy Commission.  Please click here to view.

 

October 22, 2013: SEC's Letter to CEC

Click here to view our SEC letter to the California Energy Commission (CEC) providing our comments on the Proposition 39 DRAFT Guidelines.  The Sacramento CEC Outreach meeting is going on this afternoon and SEC will be there.

Thanks for all of your valuable input.

October 21, 2013- Planning Funding

With regard to accessing planning funding for the Proposition 39 Program:  Please note that we have heard from the California Department of Education (CDE) that planning fund requests will be taken from October 14 - only until November 1, 2013.

PLEASE NOTE:  They plan to open another "window" to take requests in January - but have shared no firm date yet for that.  We will keep you posted on this.

The current revised DRAFT guidelines on Proposition 39 state that:

 

  • LEAs with first year (2013-14) award of $433,000 or less, may request up to $130,000 of their first year award for planning activities
  • LEAs with first year (2013-14) award of $433,001 or more, may request 30% of their first year award (up to $1 million) for planning activities.

 

October 21, 2013: C.A.S.H. Fall Conference

Anna Ferrera, Executive Director of the School Energy Coalition, presented at the Coalition for Adequate School Housing Fall Conference on Proposition 39.  Please click here to view the handout.

September 27, 2013: CEC Releases Draft Guidelines

Click here to view the revised version of the Draft Proposition 39 Guidelines released by the California Energy Commission.

We will be providing an outline of the process for schools for funding and reporting under the DRAFT guidelines for schools in a future communication.

We realize that the CEC regional meetings are moving forward rapidly and school input is needed at these sessions. We highly encourage you to attend one of the CEC outreach sessions and share your thoughts on the DRAFT guidelines with state staff. Click here to view the schedule for one near you.

SEC will also be attending these sessions and will report back on what we have heard from schools and the CEC to clarify the DRAFT guidance. We will also be forwarding our analysis with questions and comments to CEC in the coming week.

 

September 13, 2013: End of Session Update

The Legislature has recessed.   A number of bills have been reviewed by SEC this week that were "gut and amended."  We worked hard this year to follow activities  and legislation related to Proposition 39 and to protect and increase school options for energy projects.  Click here to view the list in it's entirety.

Also, CEC released their funding allocation for energy projects.

 

July 2013: SEC Submits Letter to CEC

Click here to view the letter we sent to the California Energy Commission as our preliminary thoughts on Proposition 39 guidelines.  CEC was pleased to receive our letter and stated they look forward to discussing further.   

July 2013: SEC Investigates if Administration Buildings Would be Included

SEC asked the CEC if administration buildings would also be counted for funding under Proposition 39.  This is a question we heard at our recent workshops with C.A.S.H.  Of course we pointed out that these buildings are also under the school district purview and count toward the overall electricity use and bill.  SEC is pleased to report that CEC has informed us that administration building projects would be an allowable use of the funding.

 


 

 

July2013: 1 Deadline For Bundling

Under the state budget trailer bill language signed by the Governor, school districts under 1,000 average daily attendance  (ADA) have the option of "bundling" two year's worth of funding if they notify CDE by August 1.  This option was provided in response to concerns expressed by SEC and others that smaller school districts would not be provided enough under Proposition 39 to fund meaningful projects.  more...

 

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