The New Jersey Clean Energy Program administered by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities through its Office of Clean Energy offers a host of financial incentives. Among these is the Pay for Performance Program, which is funded by the societal benefits charge authorized by the New Jersey Electric Discount and Energy Competition Act. Under this program, a qualifying utility customer may receive up to 50% of the total cost of energy-efficient measures recommended by an energy efficiency expert, also known as a program “partner,” who the customer selects from a pre-approved list, provided that the implementation of such measures will achieve an energy savings of at least 15%. A customer participating in the Pay for Performance Program may also receive funds to offset the cost of the program partner’s services at a rate of $0.10 per square foot up to a maximum of $50,000 or 50% of the annual energy cost of the building or facility that is the subject of the application for benefits, whichever is less.
In addition to the foregoing, the pay for performance program provides advanced measure incentives for combined heat and power and incentives for new construction provided that the project contains at least 50,000 square feet of planned conditioned space, is located in a smart growth area and achieves energy costs that are at least 15% below the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standards 90.1-2004.
In order to be eligible for the Pay for Performance Program, (1) an applicant must be a customer of a regulated electric utility and/or gas utility in New Jersey, including Atlantic City Electric, Jersey Central Power & Light, Rockland Electric Company, New Jersey Natural Gas, Elizabethtown Gas, PSE&G and South Jersey Gas, and (2) the project for which an application is made must consist of one or more preexisting commercial, industrial, institutional or multi-family residential structures having over 200 kW average annual peak demand electrical usage, except for affordable housing, which is exempt from the requirement of having over 200 kW average annual peak demand electrical usage. Individual buildings, as well as multiple buildings in complexes owned by a single person or entity, may qualify for benefits under the program provided that they meet the above criteria. Condominium associations may also be eligible to receive incentives for energy-efficient measures relating to common elements under this program.