Category Archives: Energy

State Allocation Board Update

June 28, 2017

On Wednesday, June 28, the State Allocation Board (SAB) met to hear issues related to actions taken at their meeting on June 5, 2017 (approval of “Option 1”).  Specifically, under Action Items, the agenda included “Regulatory Amendments for Increased Program Accountability” and “Regulatory Amendments for the Financial Hardship Program.” Under Informational Items, the agenda included “School Facility Program Application Processing.”  The following is a summary of each agenda item. Continue reading

Proposition 39 Update

June 9, 2017

I am pleased to provide this update to CASH members on state legislative actions with regard to the Proposition 39 program.  We are active on two pathways – legislative and through the budget process – for an extension of the program’s encumbrance deadline date so that local education agencies (LEAs) may fully use their allocations knowing what the fifth year of allocation will be. There is also state action on a program extension beyond the five years that California’s voters approved in November 2012.

Legislation – SB 518 (de Leon)

The Leader of the Senate, President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon is the author of legislation to extend the Proposition 39 program and directs any funding remaining in the fund by a date certain to be used for clean energy buses in needy communities with bad air quality as determined by the Air Resources Board.

After the bus allocation of $75 million, another $100 million is to be added for low and no-interest loans to schools under the Energy Conservation and Assistance Act (ECAA).  Funds remaining after the two uses above will be available to K-12 school districts, charters, county offices of education and charter schools by application within four tier levels based on average daily attendance (ADA) data.

The bill also:

  • Sets encumbrance date for the Proposition 39 Program’s five years of funding at 3/31/19 and sweeps unused funding on 3/1/18 for the purposes outlined above.
  • Removes the Proposition 39 Program’s sunset going forward – to be allocated in the annual budget process.

We have held productive conversations about the timelines in SB 518, as we have concerns that the “sweeping” date would leave schools with no additional time beyond the current August 1, 2017 CEC deadline for submission of final energy expenditure plans (EEP).

If they are planning to use their fifth-year allocations, LEAs should be moving forward to submit plans to the CEC by that date (see more info on the EEP deadline below). 

Senate Pro Tem de Leon’s Proposition 39 legislation is progressing and has moved off Suspense and was approved on the floor of the Senate.  SB 518 is now moving to Assembly for assignment to a policy committee.

State Budget and Proposition 39 Program

We testified at and communicated with State Budget Subcommittee hearings in both the Assembly and the Senate on Proposition 39 and both Houses have included a Prop 39 extension in their Budget proposals that are now being discussed in Budget Conference Committee.

The Assembly has recommended an extension to June 30, 2019 – a full year extension – if this were to occur, we believe that the CEC will set their EEP final deadline date more in line with what LEAs originally anticipated for the full years – at or around June 30, 2018.

The Senate’s budget proposal aligns with the SB 518, the Senate Pro Tem’s legislation, and includes the March 1, 2018 sweeping date for use by K-12 schools, clean buses, loans and the extension of the program indefinitely – and the March 31, 2019 encumbrance date.

A CASH letter has been sent to the members of the Legislative Budget Conference Committee asking for the Assembly deadline date and the extension of the program as proposed in Senate.  Stay Tuned.

CEC Advice for Schools

At School Energy Coalition (SEC) Forums held last month, the CEC shared some advice with us about those final EEPs – LEAs should include all school sites that may be potentially considered for projects in your plan – even if you are unsure of the funding that may be available – because the system the agency uses won’t allow amendments to add sites later.

They also shared that there are about one million dollars remaining in CEC’s Bright Schools and technical assistance; low and no-interest loans for energy efficiency projects funded under the ECAA.

CASH/SEC Zero-Net Energy Workshop: June 27 and 29

SEC is pleased to be co-sponsoring the June Workshop with CASH on moving schools to zero-net energy.  The Workshops will be held on June 27th in Sacramento and June 29th in Ontario.  Click here to register online.

We will be sharing information on how to get to ZNE on a school site or district – from the planning and decision-making process, ZNE and CHPS, financing and case studies from schools that are making the move now to generate savings and provide healthy classrooms for teachers and students that improve academic performance, teacher retention along with utility bill savings.

Please contact me with comments or questions on energy, water, or Prop 39!  aferrera@m-w-h.com

~ Anna Ferrera

Assistance from the Governor’s Office for CASH Members Who Have Not Yet Submitted Their EEPs

January 30, 2017

The Governor’s Office of Planning & Research (OPR) may be reaching out to you if you have not yet submitted an energy expenditure plans (EEP) under the Proposition 39 program.  As you know the final deadline for submitting an EEP under the five-year program is August 1, 2017.  The Governor’s Office wants to encourage and assist schools that have not yet submitted their plans for funding approval.  This outreach to CASH and School Energy Coalition (SEC) members are the result of SEC meetings with the Governor’s Office to assist LEAs – especially smaller schools and charters – that may be having difficulty moving forward to access funding and we appreciate their interest and outreach. find out more about SEC’s advocacy efforts at our upcoming meeting during the CASH Annual Conference at 2:15 p.m. on Monday, February 20, 2017, in Room 315 of the Sacramento Convention Center. You do not have to be a SEC member to attend. See you there!

~ CASH Staff

State Budget 2017-18 Update: Governor Addresses Proposition 51 Implementation

State Budget 2017-18 Update: Governor Addresses Proposition 51 Implementation

The Governor’s Budget proposal contains good news for school facilities, as well as some challenges. With regard to the implementation of Proposition 51, the Governor stated his willingness to work to have Proposition 51 funds flow to school projects. The challenges will be implementing the audit provisions that Governor Brown wants before allowing Proposition 51 funds to flow. Concerning Proposition 39 energy efficiency funding, the Governor proposes $422.9 million for K-12 school districts and charter schools, which is a significant investment.

CASH has always supported accountability for spending taxpayer funds. We have a stated policy that every public funded school project should be audited. If there are changes needed, we look forward to making those changes as soon as possible. We believe the audit guide concern can be addressed immediately without legislation because the guide is developed by the State Controller, Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Director of the Department of Finance. If legislation is needed to have a long-term statutory authority, CASH believes that can be done through a budget trailer bill. We will have more updates in the coming days as more details become available. Below is a summary of the proposed State Budget relating to school facilities.

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Yes on Proposition 51 Issues Statement on Passage of State School Facilities Bond Measure

November 9, 2016

The Yes on Proposition 51 campaign issued the following statement after learning that the state school facilities bond measure passed with 54% of the vote.

California voters chose to invest in students and to fulfill the promise of a robust public education system. Voters understood that students – from kindergarten through community college – cannot be adequately prepared for a modern workforce or higher education without safe, well equipped school campuses. This investment means science labs, health and safety repairs and funds for career technical education facilities and school districts all over the state are grateful for voters’ support,” said Jenny Hannah, Chief Facilities Officer at the Office of the Kern County Superintendent and Chair of the Coalition for Adequate School Housing.

CASH and SEC Presenting at the Green California Schools & Community Colleges Summit and Exposition

October 11, 2016

Since its inception, CASH has partnered with the Green California Schools & Community Colleges Summit and Exposition to help provide workshops on pertinent green school facility funding issues. This year, we are pleased to announce our partnership with the School Energy Coalition (SEC) to provide two excellent workshops with panels of green school facility experts.

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State Allocation Board Meeting Notes – August 2016

August 18, 2016

The next State Allocation Board (SAB) meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 17, 2016. For a PDF copy of the August 2016 SAB meeting notes, please click here.

Governor Signs Budget; New Threshold for DSA Submissions

June 29, 2016

By Rebekah Cearley

2016-17 Budget

On Monday, June 27, 2016, the Governor signed SB 826, the 2016-17 Budget Act, and a number of trailer bills to implement policy changes in the budget.  For the first time since the 1980’s, the Governor did not exercise his line-item veto authority to reduce or eliminate any of the budget appropriations passed by the Legislature.

The budget includes $122.5 billion in General Fund expenditures, $51.6 billion of which is slated for K-12 education programs. The budget prioritizes preparing for the next economic downturn, one of the Governor’s top priorities, by placing an extra $2 billion into the state’s Rainy Day Fund, bringing the total fund balance to $6.7 billion. The budget also addresses one of the Legislature’s top priorities by including $400 million for affordable housing, tied to future regulatory reform, and authorizing development of a $2 billion bond program to address homelessness for individuals with mental health needs.  Details of this program are still being negotiated.

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Keys to Securing Brownfields Funding Webinar

June 3, 2016

CASH Staff

CASH_Logo_Web_Proof3The US Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Toxic Substances Control & the State Water Resources Control Board Present: How to access Funding for Brownfields and Environmentally Impacted Properties in Your Community

This webinar is aimed at local governments, agencies involved with redevelopment, general improvement districts, school districts, community development corporations, tribes, non-profit organizations and any other parties interested in returning brownfields to productive economic and/or open space use. The webinar will discuss available resources, application schedules and guidelines, and projects which successfully utilized multiple sources of funding.

The webinar will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. For more information, please click here.