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July 16, 2010

Re:      Update on Grant Application Training Sessions – Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants

Dear Mayor,

At a time of budget cuts and cost savings, the NJBPU is launching a new energy savings program that can also help you save money and help us all sustain our environment.  Rebates that can help eligible municipalities and counties save energy and costs are now available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) program.  The NJBPU is making this program available to eligible municipalities and counties through a very simple rebate process.

The new EECBG rebates of up to $20,000 will be available through the New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities’ Clean Energy Program (NJCEP) to all municipalities and counties that are not recipients of a direct Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.  In addition, the BPU’s Direct Install program offers up to $50,000 to local governments for energy efficiency upgrades.

To see if your municipality/county qualifies for these new EECBG rebates, visit  The site also has application details and a list of qualifying energy conservation measures.  Based on prior energy audits performed through the NJCEP energy audit program, local governments can save significantly on avoided energy costs.

There are three methods in which a municipality or county can qualify for the rebate.

1. Applicants must participate in at least one of the following eligible commercial & industrial Clean Energy programs:

a. Direct Install, a turnkey equipment replacement service designed for small to medium-sized facilities that covers up to 60% of project costs;

b. Pay for Performance, a whole-building approach for large buildings that provides financial incentives based on actual savings as compared to an Energy Reduction Plan designed for your specific facility;

c. NJ SmartStart Buildings, which provides financial incentives for energy efficient heating and cooling equipment, lighting upgrades, and devices that control energy usage (recommended by a Local Government Energy Audit or an equivalent audit conducted within the past 12 months).; or

2. Applicants must enroll in an eligible utility energy efficiency incentive program; or

3. Applicants must install building shell measures recommended by the Clean Energy Local Government Energy Audit Program.

For more information, please visit the website or contact the NJ Clean Energy Program’s commercial and industrial market manager at 866-NJSMART, ext. 4.

Training sessions are being held by the NJBPU, the League of Municipalities and Sustainable Jersey on how to apply for the grants and how to maximize benefits from the $20,000 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants.  These sessions will take place on:

  • Monday, August 2, 2010,
    Hanover Township Municipal Building
    9:00 A.M – Noon
    Main Meeting Room
  • Tuesday, August 3, 2010
    Wall Township Recreation Center,
    5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Center/Middle Room

  • Thursday, August 5, 2010
    Gloucester County Library, Mullica Hill Branch
    1:00 P.M. - 4:00 p.m.
    Meeting Room A

For more information on the sessions and to register, please visit the Clean Energy website at:

Lee A. Solomon
President, Board of Public Utilities


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