June 15, 2012
Activities and Legislation Update
SEC Members and Interested Potential Members:
We are pleased to provide an update on our recent activities on behalf of the School Energy Coalition (SEC).
SEC and C.A.S.H.: July Workshop
Earlier this week the SEC Board held a conference call to discuss an exciting opportunity for a joint Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) and SEC workshop in July. Tentatively titled, “Generating Operational Savings Through Energy Efficiency and Conservation”. The workshop will be focused on low and no-cost ways of lowering energy utility bills. Click this link to view the DRAFT agenda for the workshop.
We are still looking for lighting and daylighting experts (preferably SEC Members), and we also would like to have a few case studies of efficiency projects: i.e. lighting, HVAC, appliances, behavioral changes, etc. that are generating successful results for schools. Let us know if you have suggestions or can offer any help. These sessions are very well attended by school facilities, maintenance staff and our associate members.
We need folks to be available for the two workshop sessions being held on Tuesday, July 24th from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel and Friday, July 27th from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Ontario Airport Radisson. Registration materials are being developed and will be forwarded when we finalize the agenda. I hope you can attend!
The Legislative Session has heated up! The State Budget is expected later today or in the wee hours, but you never know. The grousing has begun over not enough cuts and no new sources of revenue.
Our bills continue to move forward with the painful exception of SB 1165 (Wright) which was held in the Senate Appropriations Committee after sailing through the Senate Energy and Utilities Committee 10-1. We may want to discuss how we move that bill again next year.
Now on the horizon is our SEC sponsored AB 1186 (Skinner). A bill that would provide a 10% portion of the Cap and Trade auction proceeds that are collected by the Independently-owned Utilities (IOUs) - PG&E, SDG&E and Edison, be dedicated for grants to K-12 schools for energy efficiency improvements, “including, but not limited to advanced lighting controls, HVAC systems, and water heaters.” The bill is before the Senate Energy, Utilities, & Communications Committee on Tuesday, June 19th at 9:00 a.m. Please email your letter of support to Senator Alex Padilla, Chair, Senate Energy, Utilities, & Communications Committee to email@example.com. Click the following link to view SEC's letter of support for AB 1186.
SB 594 and SB 843, both authored by Senator Wolk, are supported by SEC. SB 594 allows net energy metering customers (NEM), including schools, to apply more than one meter to offset their renewable generation under the NEM program. Current law only allows one meter to be counted. This bill will be heard on June 18th. Please email your letter of support to Assembly Member Steven Bradford, Chair, Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee to firstname.lastname@example.org. Click this link to view SEC's letter of support for SB 594.
SB 843 (Wolk) is the off-site renewable legislation that will allow customers that are unable to take advantage of solar or other renewable on-site, because they are leasing or renting property, or because the environment is unsuitable (shady or roof is not configured for this purpose) to purchase from a community-based renewable self-generation program. This bill will be heard on June 25th. Please email your letter of support to Assembly Member Steven Bradford, Chair, Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee to email@example.com. Click this link to view SEC's letter of support for SB 843.
AB 2249 (Buchanan) ), a bill that changes the Solar Water Heating and Efficiency Act of 2007 to allow the incentive to apply to public school pools under the California Solar Initiative (CSI). The hearing date is scheduled for July 3rd. Please email your support letters to Senator Alex Padilla, Chair, Senate Energy, Utilities, & Communications Committee to firstname.lastname@example.org. Click this link to view SEC's letter of support for AB 2249.
Hope you are having a great summer. It’s a busy time here in Sacramento, but we welcome your comments and concerns as we move through this process. Please do not hesitate to contact me regarding issues and ideas related to schools and energy.
School Energy Coalition