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  • NJ A2822
  • Provides matching grant program for local governments to facilitate energy efficiency and conservation of resources in public buildings; appropriates $50 million.
Introduced
(2/16/2016)
In Committee
(2/16/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill creates a one-for-one matching grant program for local government units, including municipalities, counties and school districts, to install energy and natural resource saving devices into the public buildings they operate. Such energy saving measures include utilizing renewable energy resources, such as wind and photovoltaic energy, and installing devices and systems to conserve water and add natural lighting to a building. These methods can greatly reduce the long term building operating costs of these public buildings, which in turn may help stabilize property taxes. The program would be administered by the Department of Community Affairs (DCA). Local governments are instructed under the bill to utilize the guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Energy under its Building Technologies Program. The Commissioner of Community Affairs is instructed to promulgate regulations for the program in consultation with the Department of Environmental Protection. The program would provide dollar-for-dollar matching grants to municipalities, authorities, counties and school districts that choose to retrofit their buildings or install or retrofit systems to implement conservation methodologies. The DCA is required under the bill to promulgate regulations for the grant application process. A fund is created in the Treasury Department known as the "Public Buildings Energy and Resources Conservation Fund," for the purpose of funding the grants authorized by the bill. Recipients are limited to grants not totaling more than $750,000 per project under the bill.
Telecommunications and Utilities
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee  (on 2/16/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
2/16/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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