New Jersey Incentives to Offset Blackouts

Post-Blackout 2003, every day brings more investigation, more theories and more finger pointing. Nevertheless, while it is essential to know what caused the blackout and how to avoid a repeat performance, First Energy Group, of New Jersey, said the public need not wait for a full report from the Department of Energy to help the situation. The company suggests consumers can take immediate action by conserving energy and utilizing renewable energy sources.

Old Bridge, New Jersey – September 3, 2003 [] “The first step is to change how we see energy,” said Nick Stecky, Director of Energy Services for The First Energy Group. “As consumers, we need to realize that energy conservation and smart energy use will provide immediate results. Beyond the light switch, we need to use energy saving technology that’s available to us right now.” According to Stecky, who is Vice-Chairman of the NJ High Performance Building Working Group modern lighting, air conditioners and equipment can use up to 50 percent less electricity than older models. And for some of our largest energy users, like commercial, industrial and manufacturing facilities, a 50 percent savings makes a world of difference in terms of dollars saved and demand on the already-overloaded power grid. Utilizing timers, controls and building automation systems also cuts back on wasted energy and reduce usage during peak demand periods. To support energy conservation, the State of New Jersey is offering significant incentives and rebates to invest in energy-efficient technology and renewable energy. The New Jersey Renewable Energy and Economic Development program and the BPU’s Office of Clean Energy are currently promoting and offering financial subsidies to show their commitment to such technologies. “The people of New Jersey are already experiencing rate increases due to deregulation,” Stecky said. “While government officials spend time and tax dollars evaluating the power grid, ratepayers can help control the situation by conserving energy.”


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