Gov. Brown Signs $8M Cleantech & Renewable Energy Job Legislation

Source: Behind the Green Scene Blog

Governor Brown has signed a bill that will fund cleantech and renewable energy job training to the tune of $8M. The bill is SBX1 1 (Steinberg), aka Senate Bill No. 1. Partnership academies: Clean Technology and Renewable Energy Job Training, Career Technical Education, and Dropout Prevention Program.

That’s great news for Californians looking for the ‘Green Economy’ to take off. So where is the money coming from and who will dole it out?

1. The primary source of funds will be the Renewable Resource Trust Fund (or other related fund)

2. The Controller will allocate the $8,000,000, each year and upon appropriation by the Legislature, to the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

3. The Superintendent of Public Instruction will be responsible for allocating those funds in the form of grants to school districts “pursuant to the existing provisions” for creating and maintaining partnership academies.

The bill would require the Superintendent to award grants, as specified, to school districts that propose to implement or maintain a partnership academy that focuses on employment in clean technology businesses and renewable energy businesses and provides skilled workforces for the products and services for energy or water conservation, or both, renewable energy, pollution reduction, or other technologies.

In the case that funds from the Renewable Resource Trust Fund are insufficient, the bill requires the Controller to allocate the balance of funds required to meet the funding requirement from the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Fund for these purposes.

Following are more details of the bill and information about the Senators and Assemblymembers authoring the bill. For the full legislative history, visit SBX1 1.

The bill would require the Superintendent to award grants, as specified, to school districts that propose to implement or maintain a partnership academy that focuses on employment in clean technology businesses and renewable energy businesses and provides skilled workforces for the products and services for energy or water conservation, or both, renewable energy, pollution reduction, or other technologies.

The bill would require the Energy Commission, no later than 60 days after the effective date of these provisions, in consultation with the Superintendent, to adopt guidelines to ensure that programs receiving grants reflect current state energy policies and priorities as well as provide skills and education linked to the needs of relevant industries.

Authored by Senator Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), the bill’s co-author were Senators Elaine Alquist (District 13), along with Loni Hancock (District 9), Carol Liu (District 21), Alan Lowenthal (District 27) and Juan Vargas (District 40), as well as Assembly Members Betsy Butler (53rd District), Wilmer Carter (62nd District), and Solorio).

About the Senators and Assemblymembers:

Senator Darrell Steinberg represents Sacramento.

Senator Elaine Alquist represents the cities ofSan Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Mountain View andGilroy

Senator Loni Hancock represents the cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Dublin, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Livermore, Oakland, Piedmont, Richmond, and San Pablo.

Senator Carol Liu represents the cities of Burbank, Pasadena, San Gabriel, and parts of Los Angeles including Chinatown, Studio City, North Hollywood and Highland Park.

Senator Alan Lowenthal represents Long Beach, Downey and Lakewood among other southern CA cities.

Senator Juan Vargas represents the Counties of Imperial City, including parts of San Diego and Riverside Counties.

Assemblymember Wilmer Carter represents the Cities of San Bernadino, Rialto, Fontana and Colton.

Assemblymember Jose Solorio represents the Cities of Anaheim, Santa Ana and Garden Grove.

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