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LtrApp1-16: Prop 39

California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
November 3, 2016

Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:

Proposition 39 – California Clean Energy Jobs Act
2016–17 Application for Energy Planning Funds

The application to request energy planning funds from the 2016–17 Proposition 39 – California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39) award allocations is now available. Local educational agencies (LEAs) have the option of requesting in the first year of award eligibility, a portion of their award allocation for energy planning activities without submitting an energy expenditure plan (EEP) pursuant to Public Resources Code Section 26235(f); this option was available to most LEAs in fiscal year 2013–14, the first year of the program. This current application is only available to new charter schools commencing operations in 2015–16 whose first year of Proposition 39 award eligibility is in 2016–17.

To request energy planning funds, the charter school must apply using the California Department of Education’s (CDE’s) Proposition 39 web-based application available at The application for energy planning funds is due December 2, 2016.

The Proposition 39 Program Implementation Guidelines (Guidelines) provides information on award eligibility and the maximum energy planning award funding requests an eligible LEA may request. The following are the maximum planning funds an eligible LEA can request:

  • LEAs with awards of $433,000 or less may request up to 100 percent of their first year award, with a maximum of $130,000.
  • LEAs with awards of $433,000 or more may request up to 30 percent of their first year award.
  • LEAs with 1,000 average daily attendance or less that requested by September 1, 2016, to receive two years of funding in the current year can only request up to one-half of their first year award.

Proposition 39 energy planning funds can only be spent on energy audits and energy surveys/assessments, Proposition 39 program assistance, hiring or retaining an energy manager(s), and energy-related training. The Guidelines and the EEP Handbook are available on the California Energy Commission’s Web page at [Note: The preceding link is no longer valid. Please visit]. These documents include information on how LEAs will submit EEPs to the California Energy Commission for approval and how the California Department of Education (CDE) will disburse the funds.

The Schedule of Total Award Allocations for the Proposition 39 - California Clean Energy Jobs Act for Fiscal Year 2016–17, and other fiscal related information is available on the CDE Web page at If you may have fiscal related questions, please contact Thi Huynh, Fiscal Consultant by phone at 916-324-4555 [Note: the preceding contact is no longer valid and has been replaced by Janet Finley, Fiscal Consultant, Categorical Allocations and Management Assistance Office, by phone at 916-323-5091 or by e-mail at]. If you may have questions on the Guidelines or EEPs, please contact the California Energy Commission by phone at 855-380-8722 or by e-mail at



Peter Foggiato, Director
School Fiscal Services Division

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