Newsworthy Jersey: May 2019

June 3, 2019

We rounded up some of the top energy efficiency and clean energy news effecting New Jersey residents and businesses in May. 

New Jersey's Clean Energy Program Launches Multifamily Program
NJCleanEnergy.com| May 2019
“Multifamily properties have unique needs in planning energy efficiency upgrades. Our Multifamily Program is an energy efficiency incentive program that provides a single point of entry for all eligible multifamily residential facilities applying for incentives through New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program.”

It’s Friday, May 24, and New Jersey’s governor has a big decision to make on renewable energy.
Grist.org| May 24, 2019
“The New Jersey legislature passed a bipartisan bill on Thursday that requires the state’s Department of Environmental Protection to put climate regulations in place to bring emissions down 80 percent below 2006 levels by midcentury. The bill, which strengthens a partially implemented proposal from 2007 called the Global Warming Response Act, is now headed for Democratic Governor Phil Murphy’s desk."

New Jersey's Clean Energy Transition 
New Jersey Business| May 23, 2019
“According to the 2019 Clean Jobs New Jersey (downloadable PDF), New Jersey ranks ninth in renewable energy jobs, ninth in solar jobs, sixth in geothermal jobs, sixth in bioenergy, and seventh in low-impact hydro jobs among all U.S. States. The state’s clean economy also enjoys one of the highest employment rates of veterans, accounting for 13.3 % of all clean energy workers. While 40,000 clean jobs are located in the New York metro area (which ranks second in the U.S.), all 21 counties in the state employ workers in clean energy with 15 counties home to more than 1,000. ”

Potential Identified for Big Energy Efficiencies in NJ
NJ Spotlight| May 13, 2019
“New Jersey has the possibility of cutting its electricity use by 20 percent and its gas use by 11 percent by the end of the next decade, according to a new draft analysis of the state’s energy efficiency potential. ”

Sustainable Jersey Announces $200,000 in Grants to be Awarded to 36 Municipalities Including The City of Elizabeth
TAPinto.net| May 8, 2019
“ Four $20,000 grants, seven $10,000 grants, and twenty-five $2,000 grants were distributed to municipalities in fifteen New Jersey counties. The grant awards will fund a range of projects including green infrastructure, park restoration, single-use plastic reduction campaigns, rain-gardens, environmental resource inventories, creative placemaking, green team capacity building and more.  "

New Jersey Officials Call for Additional Funding for State Energy Efficiency Efforts
Daily Energy Insider| May 1, 2019
“The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, authorized in the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, was created to provide state, local, and tribal governments with funding to undertake projects to reduce energy use, diversify energy supplies, and improve air quality and the environment.
However, the program has not received any additional appropriated funds since 2009. U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) is looking to change that. The House Energy and Commerce Committee, which Pallone serves on, held a hearing on a bill (H.R. 2088), which would reauthorize the program to provide $3.5 billion annually from 2021 to 2025."