Connecticut Energy Advisory Board
CEEEP and the Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON) were recently awarded a project from the Connecticut Energy Advisory Board (CEAB). The CEAB is responsible for assisting Connecticut policy makers in coordinating state and regional interests to address energy issues. The team will conduct a comprehensive review of Connecticut's Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) and related renewable energy policies in order to ensure that they are consistent with the current objectives of the State. In addition, the team will seek stakeholder input on the RPS and consult with the Department of Economic and Community Development on potential in-state renewable stimulus benefits. The final report will include recommendations on RPS policies for review and adoption by the CEAB. The project team includes Dr. Frank Felder, Dr. Nancy Mantell, and Dr. Michael Lahr from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Policy and Planning.
The PSE&G Energy Technology Demonstration Grant Program
Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) is pleased to announce its Energy Technology Demonstration Grant Program. This Grant Program is open to businesses and organizations in both the private and public sectors of New Jersey. The Program seeks to identify and fund innovative products and services that will enhance New Jersey’s energy economy.
New Jersey Hydrogen Learning Center
The Hydrogen Learning Center project seeks to strengthen the emerging network of hydrogen and fuel cell-related activity in New Jersey to inform policymakers, business leaders, and other stakeholders as they decide on the role hydrogen will play in the State's energy portfolio. The Center is comprised of universities with fuel cell facilities on their campuses. These university partners have developed hydrogen and fuel cell educational modules and hosted stakeholder networking meetings. CEEEP administers the Hydrogen Learning Center's efforts and coordinates its website and quarterly events held throughout the state.
In February 2006, the Center released its report on NJ's Energy Infrastructure as part of its discussions through its Strategic Issues Forum. The report made a number of recommendations, one of which is for a closer examination of Decoupling and its potential impacts for New Jersey's utilities and ratepayers. The issue of decoupling or the related performance based ratemaking has become a hot topic among regulators and energy stakeholders in many states across the nation. This web page was set up to collect in a single place as many of the resources available on the Internet about Decoupling and related subjects as well as to provide information about the Center's upcoming Decoupling Symposium and future activities.
New Jersey Energy Master Plan
CEEEP has been asked to assist the NJ BPU in providing research and modeling support for the state's Energy Master Plan. Since the last Plan was adopted, the global, national, and regional energy picture has changed dramatically in the past decade-plus and continues to do so. Rising energy prices, unrelenting turmoil in the world oil market, environmental protection, intelligent economic growth, and restructuring the electric power industry are motivations for developing this new energy plan.
Meadowlands Commission Renewable Energy Master Plan
CEEEP is conducting background research to provide the Meadowlands Commission's Renewable Energy Task Force with important information about New Jersey's energy and renewable policies, and information on renewable technologies. CEEEP is also helping facilitate discussion at Task Force meetings and provides research support based on the needs of its members and any working groups created. At the conclusion of the Task Force's work, CEEEP will draft the final Renewable Energy Master Plan report, incorporating the efforts of and feedback from the Task Force.
Investing in our Future
This energy infrastructure
study was undertaken at the request of the
members of the Center's Advisory
Board and participants of the Strategic Issues
Forum. It was part of a yearlong process that
included a series of structured discussions with the
Forum. Five discussions were held with the Forum.
This report is organized as follows. The topic
of Chapter 1 is discussing possible criteria upon
which policymakers can use to evaluate infrastructure
policy and decisions and describing New Jersey’s
energy infrastructure and its linkages. The energy
infrastructure description serves to raise some important
issues that should be considered. Chapter 2 discusses
the status of New Jersey’s energy infrastructure, and
evaluates its economic impact and role in the state’s
economic development. Chapter 3 describes how
policy barriers impact upon energy infrastructure
investment, and discusses policy initiatives, including examining decoupling further in a New Jersey context, to
encourage energy infrastructure investment planning
and policy. The appendix catalogues the various
elements of the energy infrastructure located in New
Economic Impacts of Proposed 20% Renewable Energy Standards
In April 2003, New Jersey's Renewable Energy Task Force issued a recommendation that by 2020 the state should acquire 20 percent of its energy from renewable sources such as solar, wind, renewable biomass, landfill gas, geothermal, or tidal sources. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities asked CEEEP to analyze the economic impact of this proposed Renewable Portfolio Standard, examine whether the 20 percent goal was a viable standard, and determine an appropriate mix of renewable sources. The analysis was published at the end of 2004.
New Jersey and the Hydrogen Economy
Hydrogen is playing a central role in future energy policy at the federal and state levels. The Fund for New Jersey and New Jersey Board of Public Utilities asked CEEEP to explore opportunities and options for New Jersey so policymakers, business leaders and other stakeholders can make informed decisions about what role, if any, hydrogen should play in New Jersey energy policy. The report was published on July 21, 2004.
Electric Distribution Company Reliability Standards
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities engaged CEEEP to undertake research regarding state policy to establish reliability standards for electric distribution companies.
Support for Clean Energy Council
The Council advises the BPU on applying more than $100 million collected annually from New Jersey utility ratepayers to support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities asked CEEEP to support the Clean Energy Council by providing meeting space, logistical support and administrative assistance as needed.
Distributed Energy Resources Study
With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, CEEEP contributed to a study of distributed energy resources in New Jersey and the surrounding region.