Energy management company Schneider Electric is hosting an energy symposium for Merced County school administrators, with a keynote speech from Rep. Dennis Cardoza.
Administrators from the county's 20 school districts will learn about recent developments in energy efficiency, energy-related grants and funding, utility rebates and recent energy-related legislation.
Energy costs are the second-highest expense for most school districts and account for more than $6 million in Merced County schools, according to a news release from the Merced County Office of Education.
Projections based on recent disclosures from Pacific Gas and Electric show that electric costs could rise by 6.5 percent in 2011, the news release said, adding that the symposium will help schools find savings.
The workshop is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 19.
For information, call Terry Ruscoe, county schools' director of support services, at (209) 381-6612.