Jerry Brown touts Prop. 39 with Tom Steyer, Kevin de León

Sacramento Bee

By Jeremy B. White

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With all the dissection of how Proposition 30 mended California’s budget and whether it gets extended, another successful 2012 proposition can go unheralded at times.

Not today. Gov. Jerry Brown will be touting the energy efficiency-promoting Proposition 39 alongside Tom Steyer, the environmentally driven Democratic megadonor who backed the initiative, and recently elevated Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles.

Proposition 39 altered how corporations calculate their tax loads and then redirects the proceeds to energy efficiency upgrades at schools and other structures. De León has been a heavy promoter of the initiative and used his first policy speech as Senate leader to declare energy efficiency projects a priority. He’ll be joining Brown and Steyer to highlight how an influx of money has benefited John Marshall High School in Los Angeles.


Schneider Electric Secures $5.3M in Prop 39 Funding for Hacienda La Puente Unified School District

Digital Journal

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Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, today announced the California Energy Commission’s approval of the largest funded Proposition 39 allocation to date. Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, the 8th largest district in Los Angeles County representing over 20,000 students, received $5.3 million in approved funding as part of an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) to implement energy efficiency projects at the district’s four comprehensive high schools.

“In addition to simplifying the entire process, partnering with Schneider Electric allowed us to directly address our most pressing energy efficiency problems through an integrated approach,” said Annie Bui, Associate Superintendent of Business Services for Hacienda La Puente USD. “We now have a full 5-year energy savings plan that will help maximize every Prop 39 dollar.”

“Among the 1,000 plus school districts in California, we are one of the larger school districts, and one of only 47 districts with an approved Prop 39 plan,” added Gino Kwok, Board President of Hacienda La Puente USD. “We also take pride in knowing that these efficiency improvements will have a life-changing impact on our students, create new local jobs, and have a positive environmental impact. It’s a win-win-win for everyone in the community.”

Madera Unified picks contractor for energy plan

The Business Journal

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The Madera Unified School District announced it has selected Highlands Energy of Fresno to maximize energy savings using $212,000 from Proposition 39.

The contract is one of the first in the state funded by Proposition 39, the California Clean Energy Jobs Act.

Approved by voters in November 2012, the act relies on a five-year corporate tax to support energy efficiency and alternative energy projects at state school districts.

Statewide funding for Prop. 39 is projected at $550 million per year. The California Department of Education announced the first $381 million from the initiative last October with Madera Unified in line for $973,464 of that.

As part of its $212,000 contract, Highlands Energy will act as a consultant for Madera Unified, identifying sources of energy loss and alternative energy potential the the district’s facilities.

After the audit, which is expected to be complete October 2014, Madera Unified and Highlands Energy will prepare an Energy Expenditure Plan that can be turned into the state for a release of Prop. 39 funds.

The energy improvements may also be supplemented through federal and state grants, as well as bonds.

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Release of $8 Million to Local Educational Agencies Under Proposition 39

Imperial Valley News

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Sacramento, California – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today that local educational agencies (LEAs) will soon receive about $8.4 million in the third round of Proposition 39 planning funds.

“Prop 39 is generating some much-needed support for modern school facilities and healthy environments for young Californians,” Torlakson said. “These projects bring together job creation, environmental protection, cost savings, and learning opportunities.”

Covering a span of five years, Proposition 39 will direct up to $2.5 billion in new revenue to fund projects by California LEAs, including school districts, charter schools, county offices of education, and community colleges. Future years’ funding will go toward the projects themselves, and first-year awards that were not used for planning can also go toward projects.

In the first two rounds of funding LEAs received approximately $145 million to begin assessing needs and planning projects. An LEA’s application to request energy planning funds certifies that these funds will be used for authorized energy planning expenditures.

Cuesta expects to save with new lights

San Luis Obispo Tribune

By Annmarie Cornejo

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Cuesta College is retrofitting 90 percent of the exterior pole light fixtures at its San Luis Obispo campus to LED lighting. The change is expected to save $22,000 a year.

The project cost is $341,000, which will be funded by Proposition 39 — California Clean Energy Jobs Act. The college estimates it will save more than $440,000 during the lifespan of the new fixtures.

“Not only are these lights more energy efficient, they will also produce less light pollution, giving the campus a more pleasing white glow,” said Terry Reece, director of facility services, planning and capital projects. In September, Cuesta College applied for Proposition 39 funding and received $312,000, along with an energy incentive of $30,000 from PG&E. All of the funding is being used for the LED retrofitting project. Thoma Electric of San Luis Obispo was hired to do the work, which is expected to be complete by May 15.

Cuesta gets energy efficient with new LED fixtures

Paso Robles Daily News

By Scott Brennan

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Cuesta College has developed an energy savings project that will make the San Luis Obispo Campus more energy efficient for the next 20 years and save the District hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy savings costs. The project is the result of funding from Proposition 39: California Clean Energy Jobs Act and will come at no cost to the college.

While working within the constraints of Proposition 39, Cuesta College is in the process of retrofitting 90 percent of the SLO Campus’ exterior pole lighting fixtures from their current High Pressure Sodium format to Light Emitting Diode (LED). This will result in an estimated annual energy savings of $22,000, an estimated energy savings over the life of the fixtures of $440,000 and an estimated net energy savings to the District of $406,000. The estimated project cost is $341,000, which will have no negative impact on the college’s general fund.

Energy Commission Approves First Wave of Proposition 39 Energy Expenditure Plans

California Energy Commission

Press Release

The California Energy Commission approved the first set of energy expenditure plans for projects that will be funded by the California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39). Schools in Alameda County, Temecula and Salinas will be able to use tens of thousands of dollars for classroom and school facility energy efficiency upgrades and clean energy projects.

“Proposition 39 injects millions into California’s schools to upgrade aging heating, air and lighting systems,” said Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. “School-by-school, these investments will boost energy efficiency, save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

Local education agencies (LEAs), including county offices of education, school districts, charter schools, and state special schools, are eligible for funding. A total of $381 million is available for the first fiscal year of the Proposition 39 program. Schools can request funding for energy projects by submitting an energy expenditure plan application to the Energy Commission. LEAs have the option to receive part or all of their first-year award allocation for energy planning purposes.

SmartWatt Energy to Exhibit at 2014 California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) Conference & Expo in Sacramento

Digital Journal

By PR Newswire

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SmartWatt Energy, a leading provider of turnkey design-build energy efficiency solutions, will be exhibiting at the CASBO Annual Conference & Expo April 2nd-5th, 2014 at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, CA. SmartWatt is working with K-12 clients throughout the state to design and build lighting and HVAC projects in compliance with Proposition 39.

Staff from SmartWatt’s marketing department and engineering group, based in their Rocklin, CA office, will be in attendance. Representatives from County Offices of Education, District Superintendents, Education Administrators and Facilities Managers are encouraged to visit the SmartWatt team at Booth 931 to discuss their energy challenges and Proposition 39 questions or concerns.

CASBO is the nonprofit source for professional development in all K-14 business disciplines. They assist their members in staying current on school news, legislation and public school advocacy efforts, while connecting industry colleagues from throughout California’s public schools. The CASBO Annual Conference is the largest trade show of its kind in the state, with over 250 exhibitors meeting the largest single gathering of California school business officials.

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson announces release of $38M to local educational agencies under Proposition 39

Sierra Madre Weekly

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School districts will soon receive about $38 million from the state in the second round of planning funds from voter-approved Proposition 39, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today.

Proposition 39 will direct up to $2.5 billion in new revenues over five years to fund projects by California’s local educational agencies (LEAs), including school districts, charter schools, county offices of education, and community colleges. Future years’ funding will go toward the projects themselves, and first-year awards that were not used for planning can also go toward projects.

“The funding voters provided with Prop 39 will go a long way toward supporting our schools as they create stronger learning environments for our students,” Torlakson said.

The first round of funding-totaling approximately $106 million-went to LEAs last November to begin assessing needs and planning projects.
As part of the application to request energy planning funds, LEAs have certified that these funds will be used for authorized energy planning expenditures.

The complete list of recipients and amounts can be found on the California Department of Education’s funding results Web page for Proposition 39.

For additional details, visit the California Department of Education’s Proposition 39–California Energy Jobs Act Web page here or the California Energy Commission’s California Clean Energy Jobs Act Web page here.

Regional Workshops Aim to Help Schools Apply for Energy Upgrade Funding

California Energy Commission

Press Release

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SACRAMENTO – California school districts and charter schools seeking Proposition 39 money for energy-related projects can get hands-on help and guidance with their application and expenditure plans at upcoming Energy Commission workshops throughout the state.

Fresno: Tuesday, March 4, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Fresno County Office of Education, 1177 Van Ness Avenue. RSVP to or (855) 380-8722.

Bakersfield: Wednesday, March 5, 9 a.m. to noon, Kern County Superintendent of Schools, Larry E. Reider Education Center, 2000 K Street, Room 101. RSVP to Scott Fieber, (661) 852- 5863 or

Eureka: Monday, March 10, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Humboldt County Office of Education, 901 Myrtle Avenue. RSVP to by March 5.

Sacramento: Wednesday, March 12, 9 a.m. to noon, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, 6301 S St. RSVP to or (855) 380-8722.

Hayward: Thursday, March 20, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Alameda County Office of Education, 313 West Winton Ave. RSVP to Carol Houps (510) 670-4555 or

Also in Sacramento, the 2014 California Green Summit is sponsoring a workshop, Leveraging Prop 39 for Green Schools Forever: Smart Energy Investments, on Tuesday, April 8, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. More information is available at

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