An important deadline is looming for the Energy community: the implementation of Prop 39 by the year 2018. To meet the statutory required deadline of June 30, 2018, the last date to submit EEPs to the Energy Commission is August 1, 2017
A Few Facts About Prop 39
Proposition 39 was a 2012 ballot initiative that changed the way out-of-state business are taxed within the state of California. The resulting money was allocated to be spent improving clean energy and adding jobs. Also know as the: Clean Energy Jobs Act, Prop 39 provides funding to local educational agencies for improving energy efficiency and creating clean energy jobs. California K-12 schools and community colleges can take advantage of Prop 39 money for energy efficient upgrades and new construction projects and roughly $550 million will be appropriated for these purposes annually for 5 years. Eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) — including county offices of education, school districts, charter schools and state special schools—can request funding by submitting an energy expenditure plan application to the California Energy Commission. For the first year, there is an option to receive part or all of a school’s allocation for energy savings planning purposes. The Energy Commission approves plans and works with the California Department of Education, which subsequently distributes funds after plans have been approved.
According to estimates by the nonpartisan California Legislative Analysts Office, Prop 39 is expected to garner $1 billion to state revenue. Because of the significant incentives attached to Prop 39, this initiative encourages retrofits and upgrades by removing the advantage of building new facilities and also discourages hiring employees out-of-state. Estimates of job creation from the measure are around 40,000 new jobs. Environmental and health groups claim that the extra money for clean energy projects would lead to safer schools and improved public health.
To take advantage of this state program contact the California Energy Commission Toll-free for those in California: 855-380-8722 or go to their website at http://www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency/proposition39/ to learn more. You can also subscribe to the California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39) e-mail list to receive periodic updates via email.