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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 External link opens in new window or tab. 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 External link opens in new window or tab. . More information on the process will be posted as soon as it is available.

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 External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF). The handbook provides instructions to assist local educational agencies in completing and submitting their energy expenditure plans and how to use the energy savings calculators External link opens in new window or tab. (XLS) for simple eligible energy projects. Additionally, a utility data release authorization form External link opens in new window or tab. (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 External link opens in new window or tab. (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 Information
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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.

Funding

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.

Legal References

Public Resources Code sections 26200-26201 External link opens in new window or tab., 26205-26208 External link opens in new window or tab., 26210 External link opens in new window or tab., 26220 External link opens in new window or tab., 26225-26240 External link opens in new window or tab..

Senate Bill 73 External link opens in new window or tab.

Other Sources

California Energy Commission, Proposition 39 External link opens in new window or tab.

California Public Utilities Commission, Energy External link opens in new window or tab.

California Conservation Corps External link opens in new window or tab.

California Workforce Development Board External link opens in new window or tab.

California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office External link opens in new window or tab.

Questions:   Shannon Farrell-Hart | prop39@cde.ca.gov | 916-323-3923
Last Reviewed: Friday, July 1, 2016
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