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.
Kindergarten through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016
In response to the lack of state funding for school facilities, the Coalition for Adequate
School Housing (C.A.S.H.) has qualified a State School Bond for the November 2016
statewide General Election ballot. C.A.S.H. will proceed with its State School Bond on the
General Election ballot in November 2016. Continue reading →
State Budget 2016-17: No School Bond or New School Facilities Proposal
Today, the Governor released his 2016-17 State Budget, which does not include a proposal for a school bond, and which restates his previous proposals on K-12 school facilities that were included in his last three State Budgets. The Governor also references the Californians for Quality Schools (CQS) initiative, objecting to the fact that it does not make changes to the existing School Facility Program (SFP), and that it would add an additional $500 million in General Fund debt service; however, when asked directly if he supported the CQS initiative in his press conference, he stopped short of opposing it. Continue reading →
On Monday August 17, 2015, an Associated Press (AP) article was published in numerous California media outlets that were critical of Proposition 39, arguing that the program lacks sufficient oversight and has not delivered on its promise to create jobs. Continue reading →
The California Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) launched the Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Schools Pilot program for public K-12 schools and community colleges to assist in retrofitting existing facilities to ZNE by leveraging Proposition 39 funding. The IOUs want to provide assistance for 13-18 projects across 13-18 school sites. The ideal project will be a school facility of 5,000 to 30,000 square feet. Continue reading →
Today the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved changes to the Proposition 39 program guidelines. Among other things, the changes revise the definition of an eligible energy project by allowing efficiency measures and/or clean energy installations in or at one or more school sites within a Local Education Agency (LEA) rather than limited to one school site. C.A.S.H. supported this modification, which will help districts layer projects across their sites to achieve the needed 1.05 Savings to Investment Ratio (SIR). The revised guidelines also include provisions related to solar projects and Power Purchase Agreements, including making it easier for them to meet the SIR requirements.
The following press release was provided by the California Energy Commission
SACRAMENTO – The California Energy Commission approved $13.5 million for energy efficiency measures to 14 schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Joaquin County and Orange County during its monthly business meeting today. The Energy Commission also approved grants to four entities to develop and research alternative and renewable fuel projects.
On Friday, September 26, the California Energy Commission released proposed changes to the Proposition 39 Guidelines. Public comment is due by October 27, 2014 and must be submitted via email to email@example.com. In the email subject line, indicate Prop 39 13-CCEJA-01.
There have been approximately 16 Proposition 39 Energy Expenditure Plans (EEP) submitted to the California Energy Commission, with four approved EEPs sent on to the California Department of Education for funding. Contacting the California Conservation Corp. (CCC) is one way to begin the process for your district. The CCC provides services to school districts in phases: Continue reading →
February 3, 2014
On Friday, January 31, the California Energy Commission announced that it is now accepting Energy Expenditure Plans (EEPs). The CEC also released the program Handbook, as well as forms and calculators to assist in completing EEPs.
Per the CEC:
The California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39) is now accepting Energy Expenditure Plans. Please see our Proposition 39 page at http://www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency/proposition39/ for details including the Handbook, Forms, Calculators and Resources.