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CDEfisc E-mail Message of April 7, 2014

CDEfisc message of April 7, 2014 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, Application for Energy Planning Funds available

Please forward this e-mail to school districts and charter schools in your county.

The Proposition 39 Program Implementation Guidelines (Guidelines) and the Energy Expenditure Plan Handbook are available on the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) Web page at http://www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency/proposition39/index.html External link opens in new window or tab.. These documents 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.

LEAs are able to request Energy Planning Funds by submitting the application available on this Web page http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r14/prop39cceja13rfa.asp. The schedule of award allocations and energy planning funds available for eligible LEAs is posted on the CDE Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/ca/prop39cceja.asp under Funding, Fiscal Year 2013–14, Proposition 39 – 2013 Funding Results – Entitlements, Apportionments, and Letters. LEAs that have already requested the maximum available for energy planning funds during the first two application periods in November 2013 and January 2014, do not have additional funds available for energy planning activities.

LEAs should verify their eligibility by reviewing the 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, they can only request up to one-half of their first year award for planning activities. LEAs with 2013–14 award allocations greater than $433,000 may request up to 30 percent of their first year award. The application for Energy Planning Funds is due by April 30, 2014.

This will be the last opportunity for LEAs to request energy planning funds. Any remaining 2013–14 Proposition 39 funds will still be available for energy projects. LEAs must submit an Energy Expenditure Plan to the Energy Commission to request approval to use those funds for energy projects. More information on that process can be found in the Energy Expenditure Plan Handbook noted above.

Background Information

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 916-324-4533 or by e-mail at prop39fiscal@cde.ca.gov. 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
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