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SJG Offers Nest Thermostats to Cut Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
South Jersey Gas
Date: 2020-09-11
In Atlantic City, the South Jersey Gas (SJG) utility reports it is offering customers a free "smart" thermostat to help cut energy consumption and save on energy costs.

Under the offering, customers can choose a $0 Google Nest Thermostat E or a discounted Google Nest Learning Thermostat -- which retails on Amazon in the $320 range -- for $49 after applicable rebates, when they shop on the South Jersey Gas Marketplace.

Independent studies show that Google Nest thermostats saved people an average of 10 pct to 12 pct on heating and 15 pct on cooling costs for an estimated average savings of $131 to $145 per year, according to the South Jersey Gas release. (Source: South Jersey Gas, PR, Beachcomber, Sept., 2020) Contact: South Jersey Gas, Deborah Franco, VP Clean Energy & Sustainability, www.southjerseygas.com; Uplight, www.uplight.com; Neste Thermostat, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News South Jersey Gas ,  Thermostat,  Energy Efficiency,  


Utility Reimbursement for Energy Efficiency Prog. Losses (Ind. Report)
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Date: 2020-02-14
In the Garden State, a draft proposal from the staff of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) is at the core of the agency's efforts to achieve the state's 2018 mandated energy efficiency goals that promote a shift to 100 pct clean energy by 2050 -- a target unlikely to be met without overhauling the NJBPU's energy efficiency programs since the demand for electricity is expected to double by mid-century.

Under the staff proposal, utilities will be able to recover lost revenues attributable to their energy efficiency programs, as well as programs to reduce peak-time energy consumption -- all of which runs contrary to established utility business models that encourage energy consumption to the point of wastefulness for growth and higher profits.

The draft proposal is modeled on energy efficiency programs adopted by South Jersey Gas and New Jersey Natural Gas more than a decade ago, so-called limited decoupling. Dubbed Conservation Incentive Programs (CIP), they rely on incentives funded by shareholders to implement conservation programs. The staff draft balances the interests of both the utilities and ratepayers and allows utilities to earn a return on their energy efficiency investments, according to the NJBPU. (Source: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, NJ Spotlight, 13 Feb., 2020) Contact: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, 800-624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News New Jersey Board of Public Utilities ,  Energy Efficiency,  


South Jersey Gas Expanding Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
South Jersey Gas
Date: 2018-11-02
The Folsom, New Jersey-based utility South Jersey Gas reports the state Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) has approved the utility's plan to spend $81.3 million over the next three years to deliver innovative energy efficiency solutions to help customers cut energy costs and reduce their carbon footprint.

Starting in January 2019, South Jersey Gas will offer new residential and commercial energy-efficiency programmes that include: a Residential Efficient Products Programme; Residential Assessment with Direct Install Programme; Residential Retrofit Weatherization Programme; Online Energy Audit; and a C&I Engineered Solutions Programme that offers municipalities and non-profit facilities tailored energy-efficiency solutions and financing assistance for large-scale energy-efficiency projects. (Source: South Jersey Gas, Smart Energy Int'l., 1 Nov., 2018) Contact: NJBPU, Joseph L. Fiordaliso, Pres., www.bpu.state.nj.us; South Jersey Gas, Craig Jennings, Pres., www.southjerseygas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News South Jersey Gas,  Energy Efficiency,  

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