February 15, 2007

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Union County Receives Rebate for Energy Saving Lighting Upgrade

Elizabeth–Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski announced today the County has been awarded a $52,150 rebate from the Board of Public Utilities for its participation in the SmartStart Buildings Program.

The SmartStart Buildings rebate is a component of the NJ Clean Energy Program and provides technical assistance and incentives for new and retrofit efficiency upgrades including high efficiency lighting, heating, and cooling equipment for schools, commercial buildings, industrial buildings and processes, and government. The rebate the county received is for lighting improvements at Runnells Specialized Hospital in Berkeley Heights and the Ralph Oriscello Correctional Facility in Elizabeth.

“We applaud the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities’ foresight in setting up a program to encourage energy efficiency, and we appreciate the SmartStart rebate,” said Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski. “Union County is committed to keeping energy costs down wherever possible, and we will continue to find ways to conserve electricity.”

Board of Public Utilities Commissioner Joseph L. Fiordaliso will present the check to the Freeholder Board this evening, Thursday February 15, during the regular meeting.

“Providing Union County over $50,000 in grants for energy efficient lighting upgrades is an investment in the quality of New Jersey’s environment and contributes to decreasing the emissions responsible for global warming.” said Jeanne M. Fox, President of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.  “The BPU takes pride in the work we do in educating entities at all levels of government about how to use energy more efficiently – and the use of renewable energy, these are the hallmarks of New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program.”

New Jersey SmartStart Buildings is part of a $27.8 million program sponsored by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities in partnership with New Jersey’s gas and electric utilities. For more information about this program please visit or contact your local utility.