State Fails to Participate in Program That Could Cut Energy Costs, Report FindsOctober 27, 2011 – In The News
In its first report, the advisory group formed to evaluate and revise that state's Energy Master Plan found that the state is failing to take advantage of the Energy Savings Improvement Program instated by former Governor Corzine in 2009.
The report stated that no procurements have been made to achieve energy savings for state buildings or facilities.
Steve Goldenberg, chair of the advisory board, said "It is clearly a program that needs to be pursued more aggressively," adding that "it pays for itself" and that in some cases the program can achieve energy savings exceeding 25 percent.
The report blames the lack of participation on "unresolved procurement-related issues" between various state agencies and states that the in many cases, the state has relied on short-term fixes.