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FEATURE

The Future of Energy Efficiency in Schools

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BY CAITLIN JUNG, CAPITOL ADVISORS GROUP, LLC

assed by voters in 2012,
Proposition 39 provided
up to $550 million annually for five years, starting
in the 2013-14 fiscal year,
for eligible projects aimed
at improving energy efficiency and clean
energy generation in California's schools.
Now, in the 2017-18 fiscal year,
Proposition 39 is in its final year of funding.
Early efforts to continue funding Proposition
39 and extend the program indefinitely were
ultimately unsuccessful, but the Legislature
did make moves to address the state of the
current program, as well as the future of
school energy funding post-Proposition 39.
Below is a breakdown of the actions the
Legislature took regarding Proposition 39
and beyond.
CURRENT PROPOSITION
39 FUNDING PROGRAM

The Legislature acted to extend the date
by which a Local Education Agency (LEA)
must encumber (i.e. expend or obligate) the funds it received pursuant to
Proposition 39. Originally set for June 30,
2018, the encumbrance date has now been
extended an additional year to June 30,
2019. In light of this new encumbrance
date, schools now have until January 12,
2018, to submit their energy expenditure
plans to the Energy Commission.
If you have any questions about
Proposition 39, the California Energy
Commission maintains an updated list of
Frequently Asked Questions on its website
at: www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency/proposition39/documents/prop39_k-12_faq.pdf.
FUNDING FOR ENERGY
EFFICIENCY SCHOOL PROJECTS

SHUTTERSTOCK/B. BROWN

AFTER PROPOSITION 39

Along with extending deadlines for the
current Proposition 39 program, the
Legislature also passed a bill that looked at
what to do after the 2017-18 fiscal year was
over. SB 110 was introduced by the Senate
Budget Committee on Budget and Fiscal
Review as trailer bill language (TBL) during
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the 2017-18 budget process. While the TBL
did not extend the current Proposition 39
program, it did establish a new program
that would, contingent upon funds being
appropriated, fund projects previously eligible for funding through Proposition 39.
Of particular interest for small school
districts is that, with the Proposition 39
program, SSDA was active in ensuring
that a minimum amount of funding was
set aside for small school districts and this
new program includes similar requirements. Below is a more detailed breakdown of SB 110's major provisions:
Removes the sunset on the citizen
oversight board. The citizen oversight
board evaluates and reviews projects
funded under Prop 39. By removing the
sunset, the bill essentially extends the
board indefinitely.
Re-appropriates any available
remaining funds in the Job Creation
Fund (Fund). The bill provides that as of
March 1, 2018, any remaining monies in
the Fund that were provided for funding
public school projects are re-appropriated
according to the following:
1. The first $75 million remaining in the
Fund is re-appropriated for school districts and county offices of education
(COEs) for grants or loans for school
bus retrofit or replacement. Priority is
given to districts and COEs operating
the oldest school buses or school buses
operating in disadvantaged communities and to districts or COEs with a
majority of students eligible for free or
reduced-priced meals in the prior year.
2. The next $100 million remaining in
the Fund is to be deposited into the
Education Subaccount, for low-interest
and no-interest revolving loans and
loan loss reserves for eligible projects and technical assistance on a
competitive basis
3. Any remaining funds shall then be
provided to Local Education Agencies
(LEAs) as follows:
* 10 percent for LEAs with ADA of not
more than 1,000

* 10 percent for LEAs with ADA of more
than 1,000 but not more than 2,000
* 80 percent for LEAs with ADA of
more than 2,000
Establishes the new "Clean Energy
Job Creation Program." Beginning with
the 2018-19 fiscal year, the Clean Energy Job
Creation Program would operate with the
purpose of funding public school and university/college projects that were previously
eligible for funding under Proposition 39.
However, unlike under Proposition 39,
which provided for an annual appropriation of monies, this new program is
unfunded and contingent on money being
appropriated for its purposes. SB 110 provides that, if any money is appropriated in
the Budget Act or by another statute for
the Clean Energy Job Creation Program,
11 percent of that funding would be made
available for the California Community
Colleges, and the remaining funds would
be made available as follows:
* 10 percent for LEAs with ADA of not
more than 1,000
* 10 percent for LEAs with ADA of more
than 1,000 but not more than 2,000
* 80 percent for LEAs with ADA of
more than 2,000
The new program applies the same
expenditure criteria required under
Proposition 39 and also provides for the
same priority for grants to LEAs. Like
under Proposition 39, priority will be given
to the following:
* An LEA's percentage of students
eligible for free or reduced-price
meals in prior year.
* Geographic diversity that ensures
urban, suburban, and rural LEAs
receive grants and ensures awarding
of grants in all regions of the state.
* Workforce needs of the areas in
which the LEA is located.
●
Caitlin Jung, Capitol Advisors
Group LLC


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017

Executive Director’s Column
Classroom of the Future Honors Small School District Superintendent for Innovation in Education
Pipeline 2 Success!
Mandatory Orientation— What Does This Mean for Districts?
Growing the Future in Winters
Key Child Nutrition Legislation on Governor’s Desk
The Future of Energy Efficiency in Schools
School Facilities Update – New “Public Works” Contractor Reporting Requirements
Advertiser’s Index
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - intro
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - belly1
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SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - cover1
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SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - Executive Director’s Column
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - Classroom of the Future Honors Small School District Superintendent for Innovation in Education
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - Pipeline 2 Success!
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - Mandatory Orientation— What Does This Mean for Districts?
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SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - 11
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - Growing the Future in Winters
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SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - Key Child Nutrition Legislation on Governor’s Desk
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SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - The Future of Energy Efficiency in Schools
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SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - School Facilities Update – New “Public Works” Contractor Reporting Requirements
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SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - Advertiser’s Index
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