Frequently Asked Questions about the
California Clean Energy Jobs Act
General Funding Questions
Does a local education agency's (LEA's) Proposition 39 award funding for a year rollover from one year to the next if not expended in that year?
Can an LEA save each annual award and apply it to the project in year 5 or is it required to spend the funds the year it is awarded?
There is no requirement to spend the funding in the fiscal year it is awarded; however, the Energy Commission encourages LEAs not to wait until the end of the program so they can realize energy savings as soon as possible.
If a school submits a 5-year plan, will a full five years award amount be allocated in the first year?
No. Tier 1&2 LEAs can request funding in 2-year "bundles", but no other advanced funding will be awarded.
Are these state or federal fund grants?
Proposition 39 is state funded.
Is there a cost sharing requirement for participating schools or can the whole project be paid by Proposition 39 funding?
There is no cost sharing requirement for these funds and the whole project can be funded by Proposition 39. The Energy Commission encourages LEAs to leverage funds, when available.
The Proposition 39 draft Guidelines include a list of funding sources that can be used to leverage Proposition 39 funds. Can private investment - loans, leases, etc. - also be used to leverage Proposition 39 funds, as is common in ESCO projects?
Can LEAs implement energy savings projects to both school sites and administrative offices? County Offices of Education and Districts need funding for administrative facilities also.
Yes, Proposition 39 funding is not just for classrooms. Energy projects can also be for administrative offices and other non-classroom school facilities. Please note: County Offices of Education are included in the definition of an “LEA” and therefore receive a direct Proposition 39 award, which may be use as described here.
Can Proposition 39 funding be used for "new" construction by school districts?
No. Proposition 39 funding can only be used for existing buildings, not new construction.
Can LEAs submit multiple energy projects in a single energy expenditure plan?
Will a standard project submittal form (energy expenditure plan form) be available?
Yes, the forms will be available after the Energy Commission adopts the Proposition 39 final Guidelines in December.
Can an energy manager be a private consultant?
An energy manager may be either an LEA employee or a consultant.
Is funding for energy managers available during the first year?
Funding may be used each year to pay for energy managers.
Is there a database of consultants LEAs or schools can use to find qualified providers for the various services including audits and benchmarking? How can providers get on that list/database?
The Energy Commission is not aware of an existing database and cannot recommend vendors or contractors.
Are private schools eligible for funds?
How do you define an LEA?
The definition of a Local Educational Agency (LEA) includes a county office of education, school district, charter school, and state special school.
Energy Planning Reservation Option
Can LEAs apply now for Energy Planning funding?
The first opportunity to request planning funds ended November 1, 2013. A second opportunity will be available in January 2014. Please visit the California Department of Education’s website for application information. A third opportunity may be available in Spring 2014.
Are planning funds part of the first year’s allocation or in addition?
The planning funds are subtracted from the first year’s allocation.
Who is eligible to receive Proposition 39 funds?
California public school districts (K-12), county offices of education, charter schools, and state special schools are eligible to apply for funding. Community college districts will also receive Prop. 39 funds
When will local education agencies (LEAs) learn how much their Proposition 39 grant will be for this year?
The California Department of Education (CDE) expects to complete 2013-14 fiscal year calculations for all LEAs by September 2013. Small LEAs with 1,000 or less average daily attendance (based on fiscal year 2012-13) have until August 1, 2013 to request two years of funding during the first year.
How will LEAs be notified of their grant amount?
The CDE and the California Energy Commission will post the funding list by LEA online once the calculations are complete.
When will the Proposition 39 draft guidelines be available?
The Energy Commission is working with its partner agencies to develop draft guidelines for public review by this fall. The guidelines will be the focus of discussion at several public workshops across the state. The public will have opportunities to ask questions and offer comments at the workshops.
What does it mean when a company offers a “Proposition 39-certified energy product or service?”
The Energy Commission has not authorized or endorsed any products or services as “Proposition 39-certified.” The Energy Commission does not recognize “Proposition 39-certified” as an official certification or designation.