Past Events


PG&E, SDG&E, SCE and SCGC Sponsored Webinar

Prop 39, Kitchen Equipment, and Utility Rebates Webinar

April 21, 2015, 11 AM – 12 PM



Now that kitchen equipment is eligible for Prop 39 funding, join us for a webinar to learn about these technologies and how to apply for utility incentives. Todd Bell, Senior Energy Analyst for the Food Service Technology Center (FSTC), will review applicable technologies and how they can save both energy and water, which is important in our current drought.


Participants will walk away with information on available incentives from utilities and technical assistance from the FSTC. The FSTC is an industry leader in commercial kitchen energy efficiency and appliance performance testing. For more information, see


The webinar will be hosted by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) in partnership with San Diego Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison, and Southern California Gas Company.


Email with questions.




SEC Spring Forums

The School Energy Coalition held Spring Forums focused on energy and water management and efficiency, and to assist Local Education Agencies (LEAs) seeking to receive their allocated funding under Proposition 39.  Every K-14 LEA in California has an allocation they may access under this program.  The Forums also included updates on the State Budget and Legislation, Utility and Rates, and more!

The list of presenters includes representatives from the California Energy Commission and the Division of the State Architect.

Click here to view the packet for the March 17, 2015 in Sacramento.

Click here to view the packet for the March 23, 2015 in Costa Mesa.




Moving your School Solar Project Forward with Federal Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs)

April 16, 2015

2:00 p.m.


Been thinking about a School Solar Project but have yet to take the next step?

Or perhaps you have a solar project on paper but lack the funding to bring it to life?

A recently announced federal subsidy called Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (“CREBs”) coupled with “pro bono” services being offered through SEC may be the needed Jump Start for bringing solar generation to your District in 2016!

CREBs are a first-come, first-serve funding source targeting about $600 million to schools and local governments nationally.  They are expected to go quickly, so time is of the essence.

This webinar will:

  • Describe CREBs and how an allocation can be captured now…and then later used to finance solar at your schools in early 2016.
  • Describe the benefits of developing an Solar Master Plan and point you toward free services for creating this valuable planning tool at your District
  • Provide you a clear and practical  “Next Step” for securing an allocation of CREBs by means of free expert assistance intended to yield a completed CREB application within 30 to 45 days.
  • Describe the “Preliminary Solar Feasibility Report”, the key ingredient to the CREB application, which would define potential solar installations at targeted school sites and rank them by order of expected general fund savings.


SEC General Membership Meeting - February 24, 2015


We will be holding our next School Energy Coalition Membership Meeting at the C.A.S.H. Annual Conference from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on February 24, 2015 in Room 317 at the Sacramento Convention Center.  

Please plan to attend as we discuss the recent changes to the CEC Guidelines and its impact on the funding approval process, the most recent State Budget allocations for Proposition 39 and what that means for individual allocations to Local Education Agencies, along with water resources and management issues and funding that may become available for school projects.

Members and non-members are welcome to attend. We hope to see you there!


Proposition 39 State Budget Update and HVAC Optimization Webinar

The School Energy Coalition is pleased to announce a most informative webinar that will take place on February 5, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.  


We will provide a short update on the changes to the state Proposition 39 Guidelines that were approved by the California Energy Commission (CEC) this past December and what schools need to know now about submitting their individual Energy Expenditure Plans for funding approvals going forward, followed by a summary of the Governor's January Budget Proposal on the 2015-16 budget allocations for Proposition 39.  


We will then hear about Southern California Edison's (SCE) and Pacific Gas & Electric's (PG&E) Quality Maintenance incentive programs for optimizing your HVAC systems.  


Districts all over California are implementing plans to transform our schools into healthier, greener, and more efficient learning environments. However, districts still face many challenges-particularly when it comes to deferred HVAC maintenance.  These utility programs help schools meet the challenge of maintaining the high performing HVAC equipment that classrooms require.  Representatives from the SCE and PG&E Quality Maintenance programs will discuss:

  • The value of optimizing the performance of HVAC equipment for schools

  • Incentives/Rebates for HVAC unit optimization and Title 24  upgrades

  • Financial support to help offset the cost of  a proactive, standardized HVAC maintenance plan

  • Technician training and certification resources for district staff


PG&E's program AirCare Plus will also be discussed, which is a comprehensive diagnostic tune-up program focused on optimizing performance for HVAC packaged units and split systems. The AirCare Plus Program is designed to enhance existing HVAC maintenance.


Presenters include Kim DiCello, Mark Houdek, Richard Waite with CLEAResult; and Anna Ferrera, Executive Director of the School Energy Coalition.



SEC Membership Meeting - October 28, 2014 -

Click here to view the packet.

SEC will hold a membership meeting on October 28, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Newport Beach Marriott hotel and Spa during the C.A.S.H. Fall Conference. The hotel is located at 900 Newport Center Dr. in Newport Beach, CA 92660.

This meeting will review the recent proposed substantive revisions to the Proposition 39 Guidelines, discuss the outcomes from our Fall Forums, to provide more information to the California Energy Commission.


SEC Fall Forums

Our Fall Forums were a great success, with a wealth of information for school districts. We thank our Sponsors!

Thank you to our sponsors for the Riverside Forum!

Click here to view the packet.


Thank you to our sponsors for the Santa Ana Forum!

Click here to view the packet.


Thank you to our sponsors for the Sacramento Forum!

Click here to view the packet.


Energy Commission Announces Webinar for Charter School

Proposition 39 Program Training

On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon, the California Energy
Commission is hosting a webinar to provide information to charter schools and the
public on the Proposition 39 Program and Energy Expenditure Plan application process.

Click here to view the flyer.



Water Workshops!

Water Management and Conservation Planning for Schools: Funding, Savings, Drought Conditions, Make the Timing Right

ONTARIO - Click here to register for Ontario!

Friday, November 7, 2014 
8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Ontario Airport Radisson, Ontario, CA

SACRAMENTO - Click here to register for Sacramento!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 
8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
DoubleTree Hotel, Sacramento CA


California's severe drought has highlighted water as a precious resource for
schools. Much like energy efficiency and green schools, water use, water
management and water quality have significant fiscal and environmental
implications for school facility and maintenance departments, as well as the
potential to reduce school general operating costs. In an era of limited
resources, the question of how to pay for water saving features, particularly
after the "low-hanging fruit" has been picked, is a primary concern.

Brought to you by the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.) and
the School Energy Coalition (SEC), this workshop will focus on exploring the
implications of water for schools, with an eye toward providing practical
solutions to a wide array of school water issues such as:

  • water use assessment

  • drought mitigation

  • storm water management

  • the emerging relationship between water and energy management

  • region-specific approaches to water

  • green landscaping techniques

  • how to create a master plan to save water - and money

  • sources and methods of funding for water saving building features

  • Drought Response Outreach Program for Schools (DROPS).

Attend this joint C.A.S.H./SEC workshop to ensure you are prepared to
respond to the drought, as well as a wide variety of water issues for which
schools are increasingly responsible.

Webinar: May Revision Briefing On Proposition 39 and Upcoming Changes to Title 24

June 6, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

SEC will be hosting a webinar on upcoming changes to Title 24 on Friday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m.  The webinar will begin with a summary of the Governor's May Revision of the 2014-15 State Budget and specific actions taken on Proposition 39 and will then address the 2013 Changes to Title 24 that are soon to take affect. 


Chris Olvera from the California Energy Commission will be joining us to answer specific questions about changes for K-14 schools and a representative from PG&E will be sharing more about how it might impact anticipated utility rebates and other utility programs - this is particularly important as schools are planning to use Proposition 39 funding and seeking to leverage with these options.


Through the 2013 Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, the State is seeking to achieve "maximum energy savings" in both existing buildings and new construction and is setting a goal for commercial buildings of Zero Net Energy by 2030.  Changes are set to take affect on July 1, 2014.


Major areas of change include building envelope requirements, mechanical requirements, indoor and outdoor lighting requirements and overall changes in scope and application. 


Goals for Participants:


  • Understand the 2013 building energy efficiency standards for new construction, additions and alterations.
  • Understand the purpose of each of the compliance forms and related documents.
  • Effectively communicate energy efficiency compliance options and requirements to builders and clients.
  • Apply your knowledge of the Standards to typical job tasks.


This webinar will outline the particular areas of change that Local Education Agencies need to be aware of when designing and renovating classrooms and other school buildings.  Of particular concern are utility rebates that may no longer be available once the changes go into effect. 


Sign up for the May Revision Briefing on Proposition 39 and New Changes to Title 24 Webinar today!

Register Here!


Join SEC and receive a 50% discount on this webinar. 

Questions?  Email Aileen or call 916.441.3300. 

SEC Educational Facilities Energy Emporiums!

Both of the SEC Educational Facilities Energy Emporiums were successful and strived to help schools navigate the proposal process to the CEC, avoid pitfalls, keeping accountability in mind so that the close-out process is also without drama.


Click here to view the agenda and handouts from the Sacramento Emporium.

SEC thanks the Sponsors and Exhibitors at the Sacramento Emporium for making these events possible.


Click here to view the agenda and handouts from the Pomona Emporium.

SEC thanks the Sponsors and Exhibitors at the Pomona Emporium for making these events possible.



March 6, 2014 Building Envelope Webinar

The School Energy Coalition is pleased to sponsor a webinar on utilizing Proposition 39 funding to include upgrading and extending the life of roofing systems combined with sealing up the building envelope. Typically, the building envelope and roofing systems are excluded when it comes to energy savings programs.

In this webinar you can learn how you don't have to be limited to just lighting, HVAC and Controls. Join us and hear how to replace your worn out roofs, improve the durability of the building envelope, improve indoor environmental quality and reduce your energy and maintenance costs. Now Proposition 39 dollars may be used for these installations and renovations that will generate significant energy savings and enable facility managers to consider installing renewable energy systems such as solar systems.

February 25, 2014: SEC Membership Meeting

Sacramento Convention Center

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Rooms 317/318

On February 25, 2014, the School Energy Coalition will hold a membership meeting at the C.A.S.H. Annual Conference which will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center. We will discuss the newest on Net Energy Metering, update on next enrollment for planning funds, and how to successfully get your plan approved.

We are also seeking nominations for an additional Executive Committee member from an LEA. Please email Aileen if you are interested in being a part of this exciting Coalition!




New Developments for School Construction:

Proposition 39, Budget, Compliance Monitoring Unit and Code Changes Affecting Your Project


New Developments for School Construction:

Proposition 39, Budget, Compliance Monitoring Unit

and Code Changes Affecting Your Project


SEC and the Coalition for Adequate School Housing hosted these workshops in Ontario on January 24, 2014 and in Sacramento on January 28, 2014. The final California Energy Commission (CEC) implementation guidelines for Proposition 39 were approved on December 19, 2013 making funding available for almost every school district, county office and charter school in the state.  However, there are calculations and energy achievement standards that schools must meet in order to receive these funds. 


This workshop will provide the information you need to ensure that your proposal is meeting the requirements recently imposed by the CEC's implementation guidelines.


We will also share information about accessing and leveraging additional funding such as rebates and direct funding through programs such as the California Solar Initiative, California Conservation Corps and the CEC's Bright Schools Program.  


Finally, we will offer information on the following topics that may affect your school construction project:

  • The preparation of the new Compliance Monitoring Unit (CMU) process and the software that has been developed and will become operational by March 2014;
  • Mid-year cycle changes to the California Building Code, including Green Code elements adopted by the Building Standards Commission; and
  • The Governor's Budget for 2014 as presented according to law. 

SEC Held Two Regional Workshops on Proposition 39

Our Proposition 39 workshop in Sacramento on November 4 was terrific with 45 school districts, county offices of education, and stakeholders in attendance to hear a full agenda of state officials such as CDE, SAB, DSA, and Conservation Corps., speaking directly with attendees about how to navigate the Proposition 39 program.

Our Proposition 39 Workshop in Riverside held on November 12, was just as successful.  Following are the handouts from the November 12 Workshop.

SEC Regional Handouts for November 12 - Part 1

SEC Regional Handouts for CCC

SEC Regional Handouts for November 12 - Part 2


Check back for information on our January workshops and April Emporiums!










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