South Jersey Gas seeks BPU approval to expand energy efficiency programs

Utility says $167M investment will result in $201M in savings, reduced CO2 emissions — and nearly 3,000 jobs

South Jersey Gas has filed a request with the state Board of Public Utilities seeking to expand the company’s energy efficiency programs for three years, beginning in July 2021, with proposed investments totaling approximately $167 million.

Since 2009, SJG has invested more than $110 million in energy efficiency programs, the company said.  SJG’s filing represents a commitment to the state’s climate priorities, advancing New Jersey’s clean energy goals in a manner that will benefit customers, the environment and the state’s green economy.

South Jersey Gas, headquartered in Atlantic City, is a subsidiary of South Jersey Industries.

Melissa Orsen. (File photo)

The implementation of the proposed program is expected to result in approximately $201 million in customer bill savings, 481,957 tons in avoided CO2 emissions and the creation of nearly 3,000 jobs over three years, the company said.

Melissa Orsen, the president and chief operations officer of South Jersey Gas, said the request demonstrates the company’s commitment to energy efficiency.

“We are committed to making energy efficiency accessible for all customers, while contributing to economic growth in New Jersey and helping to reduce carbon emissions,” Orsen said. “The broad range of incentives proposed in our latest energy efficiency program filing will assist our customers in lowering their energy bills and making better-informed decisions about their energy usage.”

As proposed, SJG will offer a comprehensive suite of residential, commercial and industrial energy efficiency programs that will encourage all customers, regardless of customer type or income, to reduce energy usage and save money, the company said.

The programs include on-bill repayment and rebates for energy efficiency equipment upgrades, an efficient products marketplace featuring discounted smart thermostats, free weatherization measures for low to moderate-income customers, free energy audits, and tailored solutions for commercial and industrial customers.

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