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For Immediate Release: Contact: Peter Peretzman
Date: 12/19/2023 609-900-5626
Trenton—December 19, 2023—The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) today opened the application windows for the third year of the Community Energy Plan Grant (CEPG) Program and the first year of the new Community Energy Plan Implementation (CEPI) Program.

The CEPG and CEPI programs empower local communities to create and implement community energy plans that align with the State’s Energy Master Plan, which is the roadmap to achieving Governor Murphy’s clean energy and emissions reductions goals. A total of nearly $8M is available, with $4.5M earmarked for the CEPG Program and $3.4M earmarked for the CEPI Program in FY24. Funds have been budgeted from the State’s Clean Energy Program and are supplemented by the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program.

“We are excited for year three of our CEPG Program and to kick off the first year of CEPI,” said NJBPU President Christine Guhl-Sadovy. “Directing funds to the local level, particularly to overburdened municipalities, will allow the projects that are most effective for those communities to move forward as we battle the effects of climate change statewide.”

The Board created the CEPG Program in 2019, with year one of the CEPG program providing grants to three local governments and year two of the program redesigned to expand funding availability to overburdened municipalities. As a result, 46 grants were awarded in year two, with more than half awarded to overburdened municipalities.

The newly created CEPI program was designed to complement the existing CEPG program by providing funds to implement projects identified within community energy plans. Administered by NJBPU’s Office of Clean Energy Equity, both programs focus on helping New Jersey’s overburdened municipalities.

The CEPG program allows overburdened municipalities to be eligible for larger grants; while all towns are eligible for $10,000, those deemed overburdened are eligible for $25,000. In addition, in partnership with NJBPU, Sustainable Jersey provides enhanced technical assistance to CEPG and CEPI applicants, with a particular focus on overburdened municipalities, including preparation of applications and development of community energy plans.

"Municipalities have tremendous authority and responsibility to act on climate change, but they don't have a lot of capacity,” said Executive Director of Sustainable Jersey, Randall Solomon. “Thanks to our partnership with NJBPU, Sustainable Jersey is providing technical assistance to all municipalities to implement their plans, and critically, pre-application support to the most overburdened and distressed communities. By providing pre-application support we are ensuring that the most stressed communities have access to these critical public resources. These programs are a national model, and we are grateful to the NJBPU for the opportunity to partner with them to make it happen."

Both of these programs encourage communities to create and implement localized community energy plans to combat climate change, with a specific focus on equitable access, energy resilience, renewable energy, and efficiency. Municipalities that do not have a community energy plan are encouraged to apply for year three of the CEPG program. Municipalities with community energy plans are encouraged to apply for the CEPI program to support local clean energy actions.

For municipalities that would like to participate in either program, applications for both programs are available here. The application window will be open until February 23, 2024.


About the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU)

NJBPU is a state agency and regulatory authority mandated to ensure safe, adequate and proper utility services at reasonable rates for New Jersey customers. Critical services regulated by NJBPU include natural gas, electricity, water, wastewater, telecommunications and cable television. The Board has general oversight and responsibility for monitoring utility service, responding to consumer complaints, and investigating utility accidents. To find out more about NJBPU, visit our website at 


About New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program (NJCEP)NJCEP, established on January 22, 2003, in accordance with the Electric Discount and Energy Competition Act (EDECA), provides financial and other incentives to the State's residential customers, businesses and schools that install high-efficiency or renewable energy technologies, thereby reducing energy usage, lowering customers' energy bills and reducing environmental impacts. The program is authorized and overseen by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU), and its website is