CDEfisc E-mail Message of October 14, 2013CDEfisc message of October 14, 2013 to County Offices of Education providing information about the Proposition 39 - California Clean Energy Jobs Act for fiscal year 2013-14.
Subject: 2013–14 Proposition 39 - California Clean Energy Jobs Act, Draft Guidelines available, Award Allocations for eligible LEAs posted, and Application for Energy Planning Funds available
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The California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) has released the Proposition 39 Program Implementation Draft Guidelines, which are available on the Energy Commission webpage at http://www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency/proposition39/index.html. These draft guidelines include information on how local educational agencies (LEAs) will submit energy project expenditure plans to the Energy Commission for approval and how the California Department of Education (CDE) will disburse the funds. The Energy Commission is currently seeking public comment on these draft guidelines, and the final guidelines should be approved at an Energy Commission business meeting in December 2013. More information regarding the public comment process can be found on the Energy Commission webpage at http://www.energy.ca.gov/releases/2013_releases/2013-10-01_prop39_meetings_rev_ma.html.
The CDE has calculated the 2013–14 Proposition 39 award allocations for eligible LEAs. For more information about these award allocations, please go to the CDE web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/ca/prop39cceja.asp where under Funding, Fiscal Year 2013–14, Proposition 39 - 2013 Funding Results - Entitlements, Apportionments, and Letters, the schedule for these award allocations is posted.
LEAs are able to request Energy Planning Funds for Screening and Energy Audits and Proposition 39 Program Assistance by submitting the application available on this web page http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r14/prop39cceja13rfa.asp. LEAs should verify their eligibility by reviewing the Proposition 39 Program Implementation Draft Guidelines referenced above. LEAs with 2013–14 award allocations of $433,000 or less may request up to 100 percent of their first year award, with a maximum of $130,000. Although LEAs with 1,000 average daily attendance (ADA) or less that requested by August 1, 2013, to receive two years of funding in the current year have 2013–14 award allocations under the $433,000 limit, these LEAs can only request up to one-half of their first year award for planning activities. LEAs with 2013–14 award allocation greater than $433,000 may request up to 30 percent of their first year award, with a maximum of $1,000,000. The application for Energy Planning Funds is due on November 1, 2013. A second application period will also be available in January 2014.
Proposition 39, a voter approved initiative at the November 2012 statewide general election, provides for annual transfers from the General Fund to the Clean Energy Job Creation Fund for a period of five years, 2013–14 through 2017–18. The 2013–14 Budget Act appropriated $381,000,000 to K–12 LEAs with 85 percent of the appropriation to be allocated based on 2012–13 ADA and 15 percent based on 2012–13 eligibility for free and reduced-price meals (FRPM). Proposition 39 funds will be provided to LEAs to improve energy efficiency and create clean energy jobs.
For more fiscal related information, please refer to the CDE Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/ca/prop39cceja.asp. If you have additional fiscal questions, please contact the CDE by phone at 916-324-4555 or by e-mail at email@example.com. If you have questions or comments on the Proposition39 draft guidelines, please contact the Energy Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org.