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Amidst Prop 39 discussions, what do California schools need?

May 21, 2013 |

 

California policymakers are considering how to allocate Proposition 39 funds — an estimated $2.75 billion over five years — to support energy efficiency and clean energy projects in K-12 schools and other public buildings. Proposition 39 presents a substantial opportunity to help school districts save energy and money.

In order to inform these ongoing discussions, CPI recently analyzed existing resources and gaps in financing energy-saving projects in K-12 school districts to try to get a sense of what school districts need.

In interviews with school district officials, we heard that California’s school districts are actively looking to cut energy costs amid intense budget pressures. Interest rates are currently very low, making many energy-saving projects financially viable. But many of the typical funding sources schools use for facility improvements are limited in availability, and districts are reluctant to take on debt to fill the gap. And many districts don’t have the staff resources and technical expertise to sort through sales pitches and figure out what projects to do.

Our analysis suggests that Proposition 39 funds can best drive energy savings in three ways:

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Developments on Model Building Energy Codes: Proposed Legislation, Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

June 28, 2012 |

 

Calls are mounting for a Senate floor vote on the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011 (generally referred to as the Shaheen-Portman bill). The bill introduces a variety of measures that encourage or facilitate energy efficiency in residential and commercial buildings. These include a section that strengthens the Department of Energy’s authority to require that national model energy codes attain deep energy savings. Before becoming law, these model codes must be adopted at the state (or sometimes local) level; most states do adopt them.

Do these codes work? Do they help households and businesses save money and energy? Evidence shows that they do.

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Cost savings from U.S. state building energy codes: A first look

January 1, 2012 |

 

recent CPI study estimated the impacts of U.S. building energy codes on energy use and carbon emissions in new homes.  While energy savings is a very logical place to start in measuring the effectiveness of these codes, it’s also important to understand their impact on costs.  Much of the appeal of energy efficiency programs lies in the persistent finding that they are very cost-effective, often paying for themselves with their own energy savings over time.

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