CPUC Vote to Fund Energy Efficiency Efforts in California Schools Victory for Students, Communities

Release Date: Thursday, June 6, 2002

CPUC Endorses Alliance to Save Energy Program

More California students will have an opportunity to learn how to save energy in their schools, homes, and communities, thanks to today's 4-1 decision by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) allowing out-of-state organizations to provide energy-efficiency services in California. The decision allows the Alliance to Save Energy to continue and expand its successful Green Schools Program in California to nine school districts encompassing 45 schools.

"The CPUC's decision will provide a growing number of California students with a first-hand opportunity to learn how to save energy," said Alliance President David M. Nemtzow. "We were delighted to learn that during today's debate, Commissioner Michael R. Peevey singled out the Alliance as an 'illustrious' out-of-state organization that has done good work for Californians, and we welcome the opportunity to continue benefiting the State's citizens, environment, and economy."

The Alliance's Green Schools Program has been operating in 26 schools in the Los Angeles Area and recently geared up in nine schools in the Bay Area and four in Sacramento. Among other Green Schools activities, students conduct energy audits to come up with recommendations on efficiency improvements in school buildings; operated energy patrols to reduce energy waste; and even gone door-to-door in low-income neighborhoods distributing energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs and explaining how and why to use them.

"The Green Schools Program has meant a lot to me," said Rainer Farfan, a student in the Rialto School District, Rialto, CA. "I learned the math of energy and the science of energy, and learned all about energy. It made me feel proud that I could do something good for my school, helping save money through energy conservation."