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					     A Brief Guide to the State Energy
Program and Other Funding Proposed
        Under the American Recovery
            Reinvestment Plan (ARRA)
•New Jersey is home to the Energy Department’s
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, located at
Princeton University, which plays a leading
international role in developing the innovations
needed to make fusion energy practical and
affordable.

•New Jersey heavily relies on nuclear power as
over half of its electricity needs are met by its
three power plants
 Weatherization
  • $118,821,296
 State   Energy Program
  • $73,643,000
 EnergyEfficiency & Conservation
 Block Grant Program
  • $75,468,200
 Total
  • $267,932,496
The Actual Award/State Funding
 Estimate
$118,821,296
 Funds come to the state to redistribute to
 local programs and for training.
 Funds can be used to weatherize and
 seal homes; upgrade to make more
 energy efficient etc.

    passes through the funds to local
 State
 Community Action Programs (CAPS).
 Funding award was announced by the US
 Dept of Energy; funds not yet received.

      has applied for first 10% of funds.
 State
 (Application was due on 3/23/09.)

 Follow-up state plan due on 5/12/09.
 Upon acceptance of Application, State
 shall receive the next 40% of allocation.
 TheActual Award/State Funding
 Estimate
 • $73,643,000
 Formula -funds come to the state to
 redistribute
 Funds intended to promote energy
 conservation, reduce the rate of growth
 for energy demand, reduce dependence
 on imported oil etc.
 Funding award announced by US Dept of
 Energy; funds not yet received.

      has applied for first 10% of the
 State
 funds per US Dept of Energy guidance.

 Follow-up   state plan was sent in on
 5/12/09.
The Actual Award/State Funding
 Estimate
$75,468,200
 Funds will come directly to the state and
 local governments.

 $14.4 million of the $75.4 is for the state
 to distribute and the rest is distributed
 directly by the US Dept of Energy to 70
 local municipalities and counties in NJ.
 Funds intended to assist states and
 certain local governments in
 implementing strategies to reduce their
 total energy use.
   Over $2.7 billion in formula grants are now available to U.S. states,
    territories, local governments, and Indian tribes under the Energy
    Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program,
    funded for the first time under the American Recovery and
    Reinvestment Act of 2009.

   The program provides funds to units of local and state
    government, Indian tribes, and territories to develop and
    implement projects to improve energy efficiency and reduce
    energy use and fossil fuel emissions in their communities.

   As of May 11, 2009, the program application deadline for ALL
    applicants, including local, tribal, and state governments, is June
    25, 2009, 8:00:00 PM, Eastern Time.
 Fundingawards announced for the state
 and NJ municipalities and counties on
 March 26, 2009.

 Thestate is in the process of assembling
 an application for these funds.
The Actual Award/State Funding
 Estimate
$160,146,900
 Funds   come to the state to redistribute
 Fundsfor grants and loans to help
 communities upgrade wastewater
 treatment systems.
 Funding  award announced by EPA; funds
 not yet received.

      has not yet applied for the funds; in
 State
 process of reviewing applications for
 funding.
The Actual Award/State Funding
 Estimate
$43,154,000
 Funds   come to the state to redistribute
 Funds for grants and loans for drinking
 water infrastructure.
 Funding  award announced by EPA; funds
 not yet received.

      has not yet applied for the funds; in
 State
 process of reviewing applications for
 funding.
 Weatherization
  • $118,821,296
 State   Energy Program
  • $73,643,000
 EnergyEfficiency & Conservation
 Block Grant Program
  • $75,468,200
 Total
  • $267,932,496
 TheState Energy Plan (SEP) was submitted
 on May 13th to the US Department of Energy
 and is being reviewed.
 New Jersey anticipate receiving a final
 decision on the SEP from DOE in mid-July.
 An actual copy of the application to DOE
 was suppose to be posted on the recovery
 site and our BPU website but there has been
 some delay.
   New Jersey’s State Energy Program (SEP) will receive
    $73,643,000 from the American Recovery and
    Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to support clean energy
    efforts in the State.
   The SEP, which is administered by the New Jersey
    Board of Public Utilities, is funded by grants received
    from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy
    Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
   The grants are used by states to advance their clean
    energy goals including renewable energy and
    energy efficiency programs.
   State Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency -
    $20,643,000
   Clean Energy Program - $17 million
   Innovative Energy Projects for New Jersey
    Businesses - $15,000,000
   HMFA Residential Energy Efficiency - $8 million
   HMFA Solar Fund Program - $7 million
   New Jersey Office of Energy Savings - $6,000,000
   The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will administer a new grant
    program to enable New Jersey state government entities to invest
    in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
    Applications will be reviewed by a team of representatives from
    the BPU, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA),
    the Office of Economic Growth, the Commission on Science and
    Technology, and the Office of Energy Savings.
   Technologies that qualify for this program include: wind energy,
    solar energy, biofuels, hydro energy, geothermal projects, and
    energy efficiency or energy storage applications that are used in
    coordination with renewable energy technologies.
   Any state department, agency, authority, or public college or
    university may apply for these funds.
   25%: The use of an innovative technology, or an
    innovative application of a technology that
    furthers the goals of the SEP.
   25%: The ability to create jobs.
   25%: Reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
   25%: The amount of energy created or saved.
   The level of the grant for each selected project
    will be determined by the evaluation team
    outlined above.
 Tobe eligible, the applicant must
 demonstrate that its proposed project
 can commence work quickly and be
 completed within a given period of time
 based on guidemce provided by the U.S.
 Department of Energy (US DOE) and the
 requirements outlined in the ARRA.
 The  Clean Energy Program (CEP) is
  administered by the BPU, and provides incentives
  to individuals, businesses and local governments
  to invest in a variety of clean energy initiatives.
 Initiatives include rebates for Energy Star
  appliances, incentives for green buildings, and
  free energy audits. All programs provided by the
  CEP are administered on a first-come, first-
  served basis.
 The CEP is funded by the Societal Benefits
  Charge, which is a levy on ratepayers’ energy
  bills by the major utility companies in New
  Jersey.
   Increased energy efficiency incentives for residential customers
    that do not qualify under the HMFA program described
    below. This increase could include an expansion of the Home
    Performance with Energy Star Program outlined above.
   Increased energy efficiency incentives for community based
    organizations, such as food banks, homeless shelters, and
    hospitals. This increase could include an expansion of the
    Municipal Audit Program that makes energy audits available to
    local municipalities.
   Increased energy efficiency incentives for commercial and
    industrial customers whose capacity is greater than 200 KW.
   The Pay for Performance program provides performance-based
    funding incentives for large commercial and industrial customers
    that participate in the program and implement whole-building
    measures that reduce their total energy consumption.
   The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) will administer a
    new competitive program to provide financial assistance to businesses in
    New Jersey that are pursuing innovation in energy efficiency, renewable
    energy or alternative energy.
   The program is designed to push clean energy technologies beyond
    conceptual stages of development and into the marketplace.
   Technologies such as energy storage, geothermal, biofuels and innovative
    uses for solar energy projects will be supported under this program.
   To be deemed eligible, applicants must demonstrate private funding and
    prove that their project can commence and complete work within a given
    period of time. This determination will be made by staff at EDA based
    upon program rules provided by the USDOE and the requirements
    outlined in the ARRA cited above.
   Once applicant eligibility has been established, the
    following scoring criteria will be utilized to determine which
    projects to fund:
   25%: The use of an innovative technology, or an innovative
    application of a technology that furthers the goals of the SEP.
   25%: The ability to create jobs.
   25%: Potential reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
   25%: The amount of energy created or saved.
   No project will receive support for more than 50% of the
    total cost of the project.
   Through its Green Homes Office, the New Jersey Housing
    and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA) is developing
    programs that aid in the development of sustainable and
    energy efficient affordable housing.
   These includ financial incentives to developers and property
    owners to include green building design and solar energy
    projects for their affordable housing units.
   HMFA will administer a low-interest loan program to single-
    family and multifamily property owners to make energy
    efficiency upgrades to their buildings.
   The interest for these loans will not exceed 3%. CEP
    incentives will be used to offset the costs of the upgrades,
    and the HMFA loan will fund the remainder.
These loans will only be made available to:
1.    Households that are at or below 250% Area Median
      Income: The higher of Statewide or County median
      income, based on a family of four.
2.    Owners of multifamily buildings that meet HMFA’s
      affordability requirements.
3.    Households or affordable multifamily building owners that
      are not eligible for other equivalent financing offered by
      the utilities.
    HMFA will work with the BPU and the electric and gas utility
     companies to market this program.
 $81,800 = 100% AMI. $204,500 = 250% AMI Ranges
    from $85,000 to $96,700 at 100% AMI (250% AMI =
    $212,500 - $241,750)

   Grants will fund the remaining cost of the solar array,
    after the federal investment tax credit and any state
    rebates have been collected.

   In exchange for the grant, the HMFA will own all of the
    Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) that are
    generated from the system.
   HMFA will identify the best sites for the installation of these solar
    energy arrays.
HMFA will take into consideration the following:
   the age of the roof; and
   the structural characteristics of the property that may impact its
    ability to be a good candidate for solar energy, such as shading
    concerns.
   Projects that maximize job creation, generate energy, provide a
    benefit to the residents of the property, and show an ability to
    complete the project within the timeframe specified by the HMFA
    in consultation with the BPU will be given priority status.
   The Office of Energy Savings is charged with reducing
    state government’s energy consumption and lowering
    its energy costs.

   It performs energy audits on state-operated buildings
    in order to identify opportunities for energy
    efficiencies.

   It prioritizes the buildings that consume the greatest
    amount of energy first, and makes capital investments
    to those facilities. Its current annual budget is $10
    million dollars.
   Candidates for upgrades              Expected annual energy
    include any building owned            reductions;
    by the Treasury Department;
    for example, state-run medical
    facilities, prisons, and office      The amount of greenhouse gas
    buildings.                            emission reductions;
   Based on their energy audits,
    the Office of Energy Savings         The public benefit of the
    prioritizes specific projects         improvements.
    that maximize the following:
   The number of jobs created;          The return on investment is
                                          realized by those who use the
   Project readiness;                    facilities and lower energy
                                          bills for the state.
   Expected savings in energy
    costs;
If you are aware of waste or mismanagement at
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   Army Corp of Engineers                National Oceanic and
   Brownfields Investigation and          Atmospheric Administration
    Cleanup Grants                         (NOAA)
   Clean Water State Revolving Fund      State Energy Program
   Community Service Block Grants        NJ Department of Transportation
   Diesel Emissions Reductions            Economic Stimulus Project
   Drinking Water State Revolving         Selection Criteria
    Fund                                  NJ Transit Project List
   Energy Efficiency and                 New Jersey Department of
    Conservation Block Grants              Transportation Project List
   Federal Water Quality                 Small Cities / Community
    Management Planning Grants             Development Block Grant
   Hazardous Substance Superfund         U.S. Department of the Interior
   Health Information Technology         Wildfire Hazard Reduction
   Leaking Underground Storage
    Tanks Trust Fund
 High Growth and Emerging Industry Sectors:
 The ARRA provides $750 million for worker
 training and job placement in high growth and
 emerging industry sectors.

 Of that amount, $500 million is reserved to
 prepare workers for efficiency and renewable
 energy careers. These funds will be awarded
 by the US Secretary of Labor.
 DCA applied to the Federal Department
 of Energy (DOE) for a Wheatherization
 grant.

 The application proposes giving the New
 Jersey Department Labor Workforce
 Development (LWD) $4 million for
 training.
 LWD will develop with training partners
 carefully crafted Non Government
 Organization (NGO) to and award
 funding.

 Currently LWD has three Green Job
 Training Grants programs totaling 2
 million to training individuals from inner
 cities who have historically encountered
 employment barriers.
 The   Green Jobs Act of 2007 lacked
    appropriated funding to effectively
    implement.

 The   Green Jobs Act of 2007 is the
    framework under which much of the
    ARRA green job training $ will be
    awarded.
 The US Department of Labor recently
 announced a Training and Employment
 Guidance Letter (TEGL) indicating that
 they will make $500 million available to
 the states for green job training
 programs for individuals who have
 historically faced employment barriers
 for training to prepare them for entry
 level green jobs.
 Van  Jones was recently appointed by Obama as
 the Green Jobs Czar (I don’t know his offical
 title).

 He  founded an organization Green for
 All, which influenced the city of Oakland to
 implement a green job training program that is
 beginning to receive national recognition
 (although the program has not quite completed
 its first year). NJ LWDs program will be
 modeled after the California program.
Houshold / Income

1  - $10,830       5-     $25,790
 2 - $14,570       6-     $29,530
 3 - $18,310       7-     $33,270
 4 - $22,050       8-     $37,010

                        families with
                     For
                     more than 8 persons,
                     add $3,740 for each
                     additional person.

				
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