USGBC NJ has an active Advocacy Committee.
On September 14, 2018, Wayne DeFeo (USGBC NJ Acting Executive Director, former Board Member and longtime member of the Advocacy Committee) testified for the NJ Board of Public Utilities on the NJ Energy Master Plan.
USGBC NJ comments submitted are also below.
Reducing Energy Consumption
The New Jersey Chapter of the US Green Building Council (USGBC NJ) appreciates this opportunity to provide input to the 2019 Energy Master Plan (EMP). We oﬀer the following main points for our testimony today, and will submit more speciﬁc and detailed comments and recommendations prior to the close of the public comment period.
- First and foremost, Societal Beneﬁt Charge Funds must be made sacrosanct and must be used for their intended purpose.
- Train Code Enforcement Oﬃcers on the Energy Code as it currently exists and push for greater enforcement.
- There is very poor or no enforcement of the existing code.
- The current clean energy programs are limited and too narrow for commercial improvements.
- The programs are cumbersome and diﬃcult.
- Adopt the IGCC for all buildings receiving state funding in any form over 10,000 square feet.
- This eﬀort has been ongoing for over 8 years with little success.
- Reinstate a residential energy program to both educate and encourage residential energy conservation.
- Allow for a sliding scale on rebates for homeowners that allow for larger rebates to low and moderate – income households to encourage energy conservation improvements up to 100% of the cost of such improvements.
- All new buildings 10,000 square feet receiving state funding achieve LEED Silver or higher.
- All existing state owned buildings achieve LEED Certiﬁcation over the next 10 years
- Current policy is state owned building 15,000 square feet & greater achieve LEED silver, Green Globes or equivalent however, we believe there is inconsistent adherence to the policy.
You can find more info on the 2019 NJ Energy Plan here: https://www.nj.gov/emp/index.shtml
Please note: Members of the public are encouraged to participate in the stakeholder meetings, as well as to submit written comment. See more info: https://www.nj.gov/emp/get/.