FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 31, 2009

CONTACT: Wayne Avery, 908-527-4742
Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419

 

UNION COUNTY TO RECEIVE $2.4 MILLION
IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY FUNDING FROM RECOVERY PACKAGE

 

Union County Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella announced today the County will receive $2,485,400 from the economic recovery package for energy efficiency projects and programs. The funding is part of the $75.5 million that New Jersey’s cities, towns and counties will be receiving through the Energy Efficiency Block Grants program.

One of Chairman Mirabella’s initiatives for this year, outlined in his address during the 152nd annual reorganization meeting in January, is “Go Green Phase II” and this funding will be used to support energy saving initiatives and improve energy efficiency in transportation, buildings, and other sectors.

“Thanks to the efforts of U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, we will have the funding to move forward with this very important initiative,” said Chairman Mirabella.

The projects in Union County that could benefit from this grant include: installation of direct digital control systems that provide temperature resets as well as installation of programmable thermostats in county buildings; installation of high efficiency air conditioning units and high efficiency condensing boilers.

Union County has already begun a pilot program to use biofuels in heavy duty County vehicles to reduce harmful emissions. And the county continues to apply Leadership in Energy Environmental Design (LEED) standards to the County’s construction and renovation projects.

“We are proud to be an environmental leader here in New Jersey and these funds will help us continue to craft energy saving initiatives and improve energy efficiency,” said Mirabella.