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A 2012 measure intended to generation 11,000 California jobs by improving the energy efficiency of schools has barely managed to create 1,700 jobs.

Seems like conflicting goals:

Nearly half the approved projects have been lighting retrofits, which don't create as many jobs as work-intensive projects such as replacing heating and air conditioning systems.

Schools often prioritize lighting projects because they work well with the Energy Commission's formula, which requires schools to save at least $1.05 on energy costs for every dollar spent. The Energy Commission said its jobs number is based on dollars spent and doesn't take the type of project into account.

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