Energy Guidebooks, Toolkits & Other Publications
The Energy publications consist of guidebooks and other publications. Publications are listed chronologically within each section with the most recent publications first. Navigate to the different data resources using the links below.
Energy Guidebooks & Toolkits
- Sustainable Jersey Guide for Sustainable Energy Communities
- Community Energy Plan Workplan Template
- Community Solar Guidebook
- Community Solar Resource Page
- Energy Efficiency Outreach Toolkits
- Alternative Fuel Vehicle Procurement Guide
- Renewable Government Energy Aggregation:
Sustainable Jersey How-To-Guide
- How to Implement an Energy Savings Improvement Plan:
Sustainable Jersey How-To-Guide
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Energy Guidebooks & Toolkits
Sustainable Jersey Guide for Sustainable Energy Communities
The Sustainable Jersey Guide for Sustainable Energy Communities provides guidance on initiatives that municipalities can implement to help the state meet goals outlined in the New Jersey Energy Master Plan: Pathway to 2050 (EMP). Organized by the seven strategies of the EMP, the guide provides concrete examples of initiatives listed in the Community Energy Plan Workplan Template.
Community Energy Plan Workplan Template
Community Energy Plans help municipalities organize to rapidly lower greenhouse gas emissions by reducing energy use and expanding sustainable energy production in the community. This template provides municipalities with an array of impactful initiatives to include in a Community Energy Plan and a format for determining the implementation details of these initiatives. Municipalities must use this template as part of New Jersey Board of Public Utilities’ Community Energy Plan Grant Program.
Community Solar Guidebook
Community solar is a path for residents who cannot install solar panels on their own property to participate in both the environmental and cost-saving benefits of solar energy. This guidebook gives an overview of:
- New Jersey's Clean Energy Program Community Solar Energy Program
- Municipal roles in community solar projects
- Community benefits of community solar projects
- Case studies of community solar projects in New Jersey
- How subscribers to community solar projects save money on their electric bill
Community Solar Resource Page
A short-format guide to Sustainable Jersey's community solar resources.
Energy Efficiency Outreach Toolkits
Sustainable Jersey worked closely with New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program (NJCEP) to create the Commercial and Residential Energy Efficiency Outreach Toolkits. Municipalities are well positioned to encourage residents and businesses in their communities to make homes and businesses more energy efficient by participating in NJCEP programs. The toolkits empower municipalities to hold impactful outreach campaigns, providing best practices and “plug and play” collateral for outreach campaigns with pre-approved language for flyers, letters, social media.
For a video overview of the toolkits, check out the May 2020 webinar Community Energy Efficiency Outreach Made Easier with Sustainable Jersey Toolkits. View the recording here and download the presentation here. To set up a consultation with Sustainable Jersey staff to go over the toolkits and create a plan of action for your municipality, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Jersey Comfort Partners Toolkit
The New Jersey Comfort Partners Program is a FREE, energy-saving, and energy education program that helps income-eligible customers save energy and money while increasing safety and comfort. This toolkit is designed to support municipal outreach of the Comfort Partners program. The toolkit provides best practices and “plug and play” collateral for outreach campaigns with pre-approved language for flyers, letters, social media.
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Procurement Guide
Updated March 2022
The Sustainable Jersey Alternative Fuel Vehicle Procurement Guide provides information and resources for municipalities and school districts looking to add alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) to their fleets. This guide includes strategies for procuring alternative fuel fleet vehicles at the best pricing and with the least amount of staff time spent on procurement logistics. Procurement methods covered in this guide include fleet vehicle leasing; purchasing cooperatives and government purchasing contracts; direct purchase; and service contracting and shared services. The guide also includes information on funding and incentives for alternative fuel vehicles and electric vehicle charging stations.
Renewable Government Energy Aggregation: Sustainable Jersey How-To-Guide
This guidebook, developed by Sustainable Jersey, gives an overview of the rules that govern Renewable Government Energy Aggregation (R-GEA) in New Jersey. R-GEA (also known as community choice aggregation) provides a mechanism to move large numbers of customers into renewable energy electricity products quickly, easily, and in a way that reduces costs. The guidebook details the step-by-step process of establishing an R-GEA, from selecting an energy consultant to building support for the project in the community.
How to Implement an Energy Savings Improvement Plan: Sustainable Jersey How-To-Guide
This guidebook, developed by Sustainable Jersey and sponsored by the New Jersey 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.
New Jersey Energy Flow Model
The New Jersey Energy Flow Model describes the use and flow of energy within the state. This document describes the results and methods used to construct the model that quantifies where all of New Jersey’s energy comes from, how it is used within different end-use segments, and all the connecting flows. This model provides a framework for quantifying the use of energy within the state at any point, based upon objectively available information.
This document provides a technical overview of the NJ Energy Flow Model, as implemented through a spreadsheet and associated visualization infographic (Version 4.5). Please refer to the infographic and spreadsheet for details referenced in this overview.
New Jersey Sustainable Energy Efficiency Demonstration Projects
This project investigates what reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are possible in small and medium municipalities. It offers lessons on how to establish a protocol for leadership in municipalities through state and federal support, and to share information on measures that reduce GHG emissions among residents and businesses.