Menendez Announces $200,000 For Energy Efficiency In Burlington County

Menendez Announces $200,000 For Energy Efficiency In Burlington County

Author of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program worked with Burlington County officials to secure funding. Economic Recovery Package funds will perform energy audits on all county buildings

Washington - United States Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today announced that Burlington County will receive $200,000 as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-funded Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) program. The EECBG program, which Menendez created through legislation in 2007 and fought to fund while crafting the economic recovery package, provides municipalities and counties with the resources to support energy-saving initiatives and improve energy efficiency in transportation, buildings, and other sectors.

After the President signed the legislation in February, Sen. Menendez and staff contacted eligible communities throughout the state to inform them of the program and offer assistance in the application process. Today, the Department of Energy released $200,000 for planning and implementation of the county's EECBG allocation. Ultimately, the County anticipates receiving $3,051,700 to perform a comprehensive energy audit of all county-owned buildings to save energy and tax payer dollars.

"The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program is an important part of our economic recovery. Today's announcement puts families back to work, reduces energy costs, cuts emissions and helps relieve county budget constraints brought about by the recession," said Sen. Menendez. "I am pleased to have worked with the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders to secure funds that will help the county adopt an energy policy which benefits the environment and the taxpayer."

Burlington County has been active in formulating a comprehensive energy plan which emphas energy conservation and efficiency, including applying to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities', Office of Clean Energy, Local Government Energy Audit program. Freeholder Mary Anne Reinhart, who has been spearheading green energy efforts on behalf of the county, added the following about today's announcement: "These monies will offset the expense of conducting an energy audit of all the county owned buildings. The audit will help the county identify facilities that are wasting energy at a high cost to the taxpayer and to the environment. Ultimately, the county will use this information to create an energy plan which reduces our carbon foot print and provides relief for the taxpayer."

In total, the economic recovery package appropriated $3.2 billion to communities across the country for energy efficiency and conservation activities. The State of New Jersey is eligible for a total of $75.5 million under the EECBG program. Burlington County is among 10 counties and 21 cities nationwide to be awarded funding today.