Menendez, Lautenberg Announce Energy-Efficient Housing Partnership Funding for New Jersey

Menendez, Lautenberg Announce Energy-Efficient Housing Partnership Funding for New Jersey

Washington - Today, U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will provide funding to the Building America Retrofit Alliance (BARA) led by the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) located in Newark, New Jersey and Building Media, Inc. (BMI) of Delaware to conduct research on innovative energy efficiency strategies that brings sustainable homes within reach for all Americans. Through this partnership, NJIT and BMI will provide technical assistance to retrofit projects, create more jobs, reduce carbon pollution and help families save money on energy bills.

"This investment can help cut energy costs for homeowners and create jobs while promoting cleaner air for our families," said Menendez, a member of the Energy & Natural Resources Committee. "The NJIT team will provide training and outreach services that will in turn, create more energy-efficient communities throughout New Jersey."

"This investment will put one of New Jersey's leading research institutions at the forefront of developing energy efficient homes that will help cut costs for families and improve the environment," said Lautenberg, who is a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. "The project will lay the groundwork for long-term energy savings and pollution reduction that will help families in New Jersey and across the country save money and breathe cleaner air."

This effort will support the Department of Energy's Retrofit Ramp-Up Initiative, announced by Vice President Joe Biden in April, which brings energy-efficiency upgrades to neighborhoods throughout the nation by creating partnerships among communities, private sector companies, nonprofit organizations and the government.