The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) is a regulatory authority with a statutory mandate to ensure safe, adequate, and proper utility services at reasonable rates for customers in New Jersey. It is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for its commitment to ENERGY STAR qualified homes through its New Jersey ENERGY STAR Homes program. NJBPU also supports Home Performance with ENERGY STAR. Key accomplishments include:
· Working with builder partners to construct more than 3,000 new homes that earned the ENERGY STAR in New Jersey in 2010, bringing the total number of ENERGY STAR qualified homes built to over 45,000 since the New Jersey program began in 2001.
· Increasing the market share of ENERGY STAR qualified homes to 34 percent, an increase of 5 percent over 2009, despite a depressed housing market.
· Implementing a co-op advertising campaign that provides incentives to builders to promote the New Jersey ENERGY STAR Homes program and help drive demand for homes that have earned the ENERGY STAR.
· Supporting the growth of Home Performance with ENERGY STAR by providing contractor training and education as well as financial incentives, leading to over 4,500 audits completed and over 3,100 projects completed in 2010.