Daily Energy Insider
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) this week approved aggressive Energy Efficiency and Peak Demand Reduction programs that underscore the state’s clean energy priorities.
The BPU set five-year targets for energy reduction at 2.15 percent for electric distribution companies and 1.10 percent for gas distribution companies, which the board said will transition the state to some of the highest energy savings in the country.
“While forwarding the Governor’s clean energy agenda, we worked to ensure that underserved communities will benefit from these programs,” NJBPU President Joseph L. Fiordaliso said on June 10. “These programs will reduce energy burdens and have long-term benefits for participants, including reducing utility bills, improving health, comfort, safety, and creating thousands of green jobs. We are charting a course towards 100 percent clean energy by increasing access to energy efficiency programs, decreasing energy burdens, and creating new economic opportunities for the state of New Jersey.”
The ruling stems from New Jersey’s Clean Energy Act (CEA), which was signed into law by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy in May 2018. The law stresses the importance of energy efficiency and puts some of the burden on public utilities to reduce electricity in its service territory — 2 percent for electric utilities and 0.75 percent for gas utilities “in the prior three years within five years of implementation of its gas energy efficiency program.”
Per the order, utilities will be administering energy efficiency programs in the residential, commercial and industrial, and multifamily sectors, and proposing peak demand programs; the state will be administering the Large Energy Users Program, combined heat and power projects, and state and local government programs; and utilities and the state will work together to manage the low-income Comfort Partners program.