Energy and Greenhouse Gas

This Task Force is focused on supporting a wide range of energy related actions for the program.  Specific actions that are the focus of this group include: Organize a Community Energy Outreach Program, Purchasing Clean and Green Energy, Efficient Home Heating and Cooling Subsidies, Home Energy Audits and Upgrades, Energy Star Appliances and Products, Refrigerator/Freezer Recycling, Energy Audit for One Building, Inventory and Audit All Buildings, High Performance Building, High Performance Building Portfolio, Municipal Carbon Footprint, Community Carbon Footprint, Climate Action Plan, and Wind Ordinance.

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Resources

Below is a list of resources to help you complete Energy and Greenhouse Gasses Task Force actions.

Energy Savings Improvement Programs (ESIPs) Guidebook

In 2009, the legislature approved Energy Savings Improvement Programs (ESIPs) as an alternate method for New Jersey local government units to finance the implementation of energy conservation measures (P.L. 2009, c.4). On September 21, 2012, Governor Christie signed (P.L. 2012, Chapter 55) which further defined the ESIP process. ESIPs are a type of “performance contract.”

In essence, by using the ESIP financing alternative, the future value of energy savings is leveraged to pay for the upfront project costs. The law specifically allows boards of education, counties, municipalities, housing authorities and public authorities to enter into contracts for up to 15 years to finance building energy upgrades in a manner that ensures that annual payments are lower than the savings projected from the energy conservation measures; ensuring that ESIPS are cash flow positive in year one, and every year thereafter.

This guidebook, developed by Sustainable Jersey and sponsored by the NJ Board of Public Utilities, explains the process from beginning to end in straight forward and easy-to-understand language. Case studies of successfully implemented ESIPs are included and an exhaustive list of resources are also provided to guide local government units successfully through the ESIP process.