Board of Public Utilities
  • Will there be funding available for New Jersey's renewable energy and energy efficiency needs that can help New Jersey meet the goals of its Energy Master Plan?
    Will there be funding available for New Jersey's renewable energy and energy efficiency needs that can help New Jersey meet the goals of its Energy Master Plan?
    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) makes energy efficiency and renewable energy a high priority.

    Overall, $16.8 billion is allocated for these areas nationwide. That includes $3.2 billion, which is allocated for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants. Of that amount, $2.8 billion is to be distributed to states according to formulas set out in the Energy Policy Act of 2007. $3.1 billion is allocated for State Energy Programs nationwide, and there is $4.5 billion allocated in ARRA for electricity delivery and energy reliability.
  • What is the breakdown in funding for New Jersey and how will projects be selected for funding?
    What is the breakdown in funding for New Jersey and how will projects be selected for funding?
    The distribution and breakdown of funding within New Jersey is governed by the language of the ARRA. Many of the rules that will determine the exact details of funding are still being developed within the federal government.

    However, here is an estimate as we understand ARRA now:

    Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants
    New Jersey’s share of this is estimated to be approximately $73 million. An amount currently estimated at $54 million will go to the larger municipalities and counties directly. Of the remainder, some funds will go to certain smaller counties and municipalities through the State, and the State will receive a portion for its direct use.

    State Energy Programs 
    New Jersey will receive approximately $90 million in State Energy Program funding.

    Electricity delivery and energy reliability New Jersey may be able to take advantage of federal matching funds in this area.
  • Which projects are eligible for funding?
    Which projects are eligible for funding?
    Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants
    This program will go for projects that reduce fossil fuel emissions and energy consumption and improve energy efficiency.

    State Energy Programs
    This funding is for various energy conservation-related activities, which includes both renewable energy and energy efficiency.

    Electricity delivery and energy reliability 
    This money is to be used to modernize the electric grid, to include demand response equipment, enhance security and reliability of the energy infrastructure, energy storage research, development, demonstration and deployment, and facilitate recovery from disruptions in energy supply, as well as certain smart grid programs and transmission facilities to support renewable energy.
  • Will the legislation fund county and municipal renewable energy and energy efficiency projects?
    Will the legislation fund county and municipal renewable energy and energy efficiency projects?
    Yes, under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funding (see above).
  • Will there be reporting requirements?
    Will there be reporting requirements?
    Yes. Each recipient of funds through the ARRA will be subject to strict reporting requirements including details such as project description, funded amount and number of jobs created or saved. This information is to be posted on a website, www.recovery.gov. More information about these rules will be coming from Washington D.C. over the next several weeks.
  • Is there loan money available related to renewable energy or other energy areas?
    Is there loan money available related to renewable energy or other energy areas?
    Yes. The US Department of Energy will be administering a loan guarantee program for renewable energy and new or upgraded electric transmission lines. Details of this are also expected in the coming weeks.
  • Are there energy-related programs being funded by other departments in New Jersey government through ARRA?
    Are there energy-related programs being funded by other departments in New Jersey government through ARRA?
    Yes. The NJ Department of Community Affairs will receive funding that expands the amount available for weatherization for low income households. Assistance per dwelling unit has been increased from $2,500 to $6,500, and the income qualification rules have been changed to allow more recipients to be defined as “low-income.”