Definition of the Energy Efficiency Sector – For Allocation of Prop 39 Workforce Grant Funds
The Proposition 39 workforce RFA targets occupations in the commercial, industrial, and institutional sectors of energy efficiency and clean energy generation. Residential and agricultural occupations are excluded.
Energy Efficiency Program Definition
Energy consumption and clean energy generation occur on the customer or “demand” side of the utility meter – the power meter, gas meter, and water meter. Energy efficiency programs – for purposes of the Prop 39 workforce RFA – reduce demand side energy consumption in commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings.
Within demand-side applications for commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings, energy efficiency technologies fall into three general categories:
- Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC/R)
- Lighting and lighting controls
- Building envelope (roofing, insulation, windows, etc.)
- Renewable Energy related to energy consumption in a building
Related technologies for environmental controls can be eligible for Prop 39 funds allocation:
- Lighting control systems (e.g. California Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program)
- Environmental Control Systems (sensors, controls, and networking specifically for HVAC/R)
- Building Automation Systems, if related to HVAC/R or lighting controls
Foundational Workforce Programs
Selected programs such as Electrical, Plumbing, Sheet Metal, Drafting, OSHA, and others are considered “foundational” to an Energy Efficiency pathway and are eligible for Prop 39 workforce funds allocation.