K-12 Schools Sustainability Strategy Collaborative Update
On December 10, the California Energy Commission (CEC) adopted proposed “Substantive Changes to the Proposition 39 Guidelines.” Beginning February 2015, the Energy Commission will release a new Proposition 39 Program Online Energy Expenditure Plan Application System. Using the online system, LEAs may submit Energy Expenditure Plan applications under the newly approved 2015 guidelines. In addition, Proposition 39 training seminars are planned for early 2015 to train LEAs on the new application system. The CEC has already confirmed that one of those meetings will be scheduled in San Diego for the K-12 Schools Sustainability Strategy Collaborative.
The California Department of Education released the 2014/15 Proposition 39 grant allocations for all school districts and charter schools across the state. While San Diego County’s total allocation was reduced from $29 million to $22 million in year two of the Clean Energy Jobs Act, the actual budget impact on school districts is only about a 12 percent average reduction since a vast majority of the smaller school districts elected to take their first two years grant allocation in year one.
Program totals to date for the San Diego region include 22 Energy Expenditure Plans approved for a total of $15.2 million. When fully implemented, these projects will reduce energy usage by 7.9 million kWh, reduce demand by 2.2 MW, and save $1.6 million annually.