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California's Prop 39 Framework Takes The High Road

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On July 9, Steve Veres (pictured above), California Senator Kevin DeLeon's District Director, laid out the elements of California’s newest energy efficiency program at the kick-off of EC Los Angeles’s E-Contractor Academy at IBEW 11 Education and Training Center. The ‘hot off the press info” about the roll out of Prop 39-funded projects was good news for the 50 plus contractors present at the orientation. Not only will EC Los Angeles’s pre-qualification training and support program position them for LA County’s $30 million net zero energy retrofit pilot projects, but it will also position them for the Prop 39 funds. As much as $550 million a year for the next five years will be available to retrofit K- 14 schools throughout the State. Full implementation language is being developed, but it appears that ECC advocacy efforts with other labor and community partners paid off. $2.5 billion will be spent in effective ways – whole building retrofits for schools most in need, competitive vs. formula bid, leverages private sector financing, uses Project Labor Agreements in schools Districts, and includes youth training.

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