California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39)The California Clean Energy Jobs Act allocates revenue to local education agencies to support energy efficiency and alternative energy projects, along with related improvements and repairs that contribute to reduced operating costs and improved health and safety conditions in public schools.
The California Energy Commission worked with a number of key stakeholders to implement the California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39):
- California Department of Education
- California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office
- California Department of Finance
- California Public Utilities Commission
- California Workforce Investment Board
- California Conservation Corps
The California Clean Energy Jobs Act makes changes to corporate income taxes and, except as specified, provides $550 million annually from the General Fund to the Clean Energy Job Creation Fund or the Job Creation Fund, for five fiscal years beginning with the 2013-14 fiscal year. The recently signed Senate Bill 73 specifies the details of how the funds will be allocated to California's K-12 schools and community colleges, and includes a number of requirements to ensure Proposition 39 funds deliver the expected energy efficiency and cost savings. The Energy Commission was designated through legislation to lead a process with its counterpart State agencies to develop guidelines. The public will have opportunities to offer public and written comments at future workshops.
If you are interested in learning more about the Proposition 39 funding opportunities or to participate in the public process, please sign up for the Proposition 39 listserv on the Energy Commission's main listserv sign-up page . More information on the process will be posted as soon as it is available.
Upcoming Changes and Schedule for Applying Under the New Proposition Guidelines
The new Energy Expenditure Plan Online Application System, the revised Energy Expenditure Plan Handbook, and revised Energy Savings Calculator Tool (Version 6) are target to be launched at the 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" e-mail.
After the new online application system is launched LEAs may 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 may be used in combination with the Energy Expenditure Plan online application. The California Energy Commission is planning training seminars in the Spring of 2015 for guidance on the new application system.
Prior to availability of the new online application LEAs may continue to submit Energy Expenditure Plan applications using the existing Expenditure Plan General Form A and Expenditure Plan Program Summary Form B. However, these applications will not reflect the rule changes adopted on December 10, 2014, and must follow the Proposition 39: California Clean Energy Jobs Act - 2013 Implementation Guidelines (June 2014) version.
Any questions may be directed to the e-mail of the California Energy Commission, Proposition 39, Clean Energy Jobs Act or the hotline at 855-380-8722 (toll free) or for those out-of-state at 916-653-0392.
2014-15 Guide for Annual Audits of K-12 Local Educational Agencies and State Compliance Reporting
The Education Audit Appeals Panel (EAAP) recently completed work on the emergency regulations for the 2014-15 Guide for Annual Audits of K-12 Local Educational Agencies and State Compliance Reporting. The proposed final regulations may be found on EAAP's Website (PDF). These guidelines will be effective July 1, 2014. These regulations include new and expanded audit procedures for the K-3 grade span adjustment, verifying unduplicated student counts used for the Local Control Funding Formula apportionment, Local Control and Accountability Plan expenditures, Common Core State Standards implementation funds, and Proposition 39 California Clean Energy expenditures.
California Energy Commission Energy Expenditure Plans
The California Energy Commission (Commission) is now accepting Energy Expenditure Plans. The Commission has made available the Expenditure Plan Handbook (PDF). The handbook provides instructions to assist local educational agencies in completing and submitting their energy expenditure plans. The handbook explains program requirements, the process to complete the expenditure plan Form A (XLS) and Form B (XLS), and how to use the energy savings calculators (XLS) for simple eligible energy projects. Additionally, a utility data release authorization form (PDF) is provided to authorize electric and gas utilities to release certain past and ongoing energy usage and billing record data to the Commission.
Proposition 39 Final Guidelines
The California Energy Commission has adopted Guidelines (PDF) in accordance with Proposition 39 (2012) and Senate Bill 73 (Chapter 29, Statutes of 2013). Section 26235(a) of the Public Resources Code required the California Energy Commission to establish these Guidelines, in consultation with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Chancellor the California Community Colleges, and the California Public Utilities Commission.
Application to Bundle
LEAs with 1,000 or less average daily attendance (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 funding entitlements.
California Energy Commission Hotlines
The California Energy Commission has established hotlines (toll-free for those in-state: 855-380-8722 and a toll-line for those out of state: 916-653-0392) that schools can call for questions about how to apply for Proposition 39 (California Clean Jobs Act) awards.
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. Proposition 39 funds will be provided to local educational agencies (LEAs) to improve energy efficiency and create clean energy jobs. The California Energy Commission (CEC) must approve an LEA's energy project expenditure plan before the California Department of Education (CDE) may disburse funds. Information regarding Proposition 39 funding may be found on the CDE School Fiscal Services Web page.