“New Jersey’s leadership in developing and promoting energy efficiency will allow us to put these funds to swift work creating jobs for our people, providing energy savings for program participants and reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that are changing the world’s climate,” said Governor Corzine in announcing the federal funding. “I want to thank President Obama for his partnership with New Jersey in pursuit of economic development, an improved environment and America’s energy independence.”
Earlier this year, New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program, which is administered by the state’s Board of Public Utilities, was named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for Energy Efficiency Program Delivery by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For the second year in a row, it was also awarded the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award as part of the Northeast ENERGY STAR Lighting and Appliance Initiative, a coalition of regional electric utility and energy efficiency program administrators in New England, New York and New Jersey.
The state will begin to receive funding under the program with the submission of an initial application due August 15, 2009. A final application outlining the state’s plans for the rebate program funding is due October 15. New Jersey’s application is expected to include an increase in funding for existing appliance rebate programs as well as an expansion in the types of appliances eligible for rebates.
The New Jersey Clean Energy Program currently offers rebates for ENERGY STAR window air conditioners, clothes washers and dehumidifiers as well as high efficiency home heating and cooling equipment. In 2008, the program provided:
- 9,019 residential customer rebates for efficient cooling equipment
- 15,047 residential customer rebates for efficient heating equipment
- 13, 691 customer rebates for ENERGY STAR window air conditioners
- 22,761 customer rebates for ENERGY STAR clothes washers
- 5380 customer rebates for ENERGY STAR dehumidifiers
In addition to the energy-efficient appliance rebates, New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program offers discounted ENERGY STAR CFLs (Compact Florescent Light Bulbs) and lighting fixtures, and runs a Change-a-Light promotion to promote the switch to CFLs. The program estimates the 2008 annual energy savings from its Energy Efficiency and ENERGY STAR Programs at 217,763 MWh. According to EPA calculations the New Jersey Clean Energy Program’s 2008 energy savings is enough to supply electricity to 21,691 homes annually and equals a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing 28,643 passenger vehicles from the road.
“Energy efficiency reduces energy bills by reducing both the energy used and the infrastructure costs we would have to pay if we don’t reduce our energy use,” said Jeanne M. Fox, President of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. “I urge all in New Jersey to take advantage of the full range of energy efficiency programs we offer. It will save you money and leave all of us with a better environment.”
Further information about New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program and the program’s incentives and rebates offered for homes and businesses, can be found at www.njcleanenergy.com or by calling 1-866-NJSMART.
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