Engaging with the BPU
EEA-NJ actively participates in stakeholder meetings and working groups, and regularly submits comments to the NJ Board of Public Utilities that assert the positions of our partners and members.
EEA-NJ Advocates for:
For New Jersey to create the most robust energy efficiency programs, they should be utility-run with strong guidance and support from the state. Such a structure will allow for scalability and growth, as well as utilize the numerous resources already available to the utilities. These programs should also prioritize Low- and Moderate-Income and Multifamily communities, small businesses, and other sectors that have lower participation and higher need.
For New Jersey to make the drastic changes in its energy generation and consumption needed to meet the goals of the Clean Energy Act, the state needs to implement full symmetrical decoupling, allow energy efficiency investments to be competitive with traditional pipes and wires, and allow for amortization over the weighted-life of the measure.
Evaluation, Measurement, & Verification (EM&V)
In addition to reducing energy usage, the Clean Energy Act mandates that New Jersey’s electric and gas utilities formally measure the effectiveness of their programs.
EEA-NJ recommends consistent and transparent EM&V, using one test modeled after the National Standards Practice Manual (NSPM). EM&V should achieve a productive and innovative feedback loop between evaluators and implementers, and measure data built around the State’s policy goals.
EEA-NJ submitted comments to the Board of Public Utilities addressing the metrics and weighting structure, each utility-specific target, and the performance and incentive penalty structure.