Here’s a timeline on the progress of the Cool Schools program: Jan. 11, 2011
Governor Kitzhaber directed the Oregon Department of Energy to use $2 million in unused stimulus funding to proceed immediately with energy audits on 500 Oregon schools.
Conducting energy audits of Oregon schools created immediate private sector jobs and was the first step in the Governor's commitment to create thousands of Oregon jobs through school weatherization retrofits. June 20, 2011
The Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2960
– the Cool Schools Initiative – to expand finance mechanisms for public schools across the state to perform energy efficiency upgrades.
Specifically, the bill:
- established the Clean Energy Deployment Program and the Clean Energy Deployment Fund to provide grants and loans to support energy efficiency or clean energy projects in Oregon;
- directed ODOE to establish criteria for qualifications of projects and defines the types of projects that can be financed through the program;
- directed ODOE to establish and administer a four-year high performance schools pilot program within the Clean Energy Deployment Program;
- renamed the Loan Offset Grant Funds to the Jobs, Energy and Schools Fund; and
- directed the Public Utility Commission to report on feasibility, cost effectiveness, and potential ratepayer costs associated with power purchase agreements by December 1, 2012.
The bill also changed the existing distribution of Senate Bill 1149 (1999) funds from educational service districts to school districts. June 22, 2011
Governor Kitzhaber signed into law HB 2960. (Governor’s speech
) Nov. 10, 2011
Governor Kitzhaber and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten announced a strategic partnership including up to $15 million for investment in the Governor's Cool Schools Initiative.
Since Governor Kitzhaber signed the bill into law, eight school districts have applied for or secured over $4.7 million for school retrofits.