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Posted: February 25, 2010
PSE+G Soliciting Proposals for Energy Efficiency Technology Demonstration Projects
(Nanowerk News) The search to find New Jersey's most innovative energy efficiency technologies has begun. PSE&G is soliciting proposals for emerging energy-saving technologies that have the potential to come to market quickly. Nearly $8 million is available in this solicitation for grants that could pay the total cost of establishing a demonstration project. The state's leading energy technology organizations, including universities and small businesses, are encouraged to submit proposals.
PSE&G is partnering with the New Jersey Sustainable State Institute at Rutgers University (NJSSI) on this new Technology Demonstration program, which is part of a $190 million initiative that was approved last summer by the NJ Board of Public Utilities to support the state's economic development goals and bring energy efficiency to utility customers.
Academic experts and a panel at the NJSSI will judge applications based on their technical merits and ability to promote sustainability in New Jersey. Energy savings, replicability and potential for expansion will also be considered. The goal is to have full-scale versions of the product or technology commercially available within the next two years.
"Our goal is to move innovative technologies from the lab to the real world," said Al Matos, PSE&G's vice president of renewables and energy solutions. "We want to get these ground-breaking technologies to market more quickly - where they can make a real difference."
Eligibility Guidelines and Application Process
The Technology Demonstration Program is open to any organization based in PSE&G's electric and/or gas service area. Energy-saving concepts and technologies in the following areas are eligible for consideration:
Green Building and Design
Materials Science and Nano-technology
Process and Manufacturing Technology
Consumer and Behavioral Psychology
If a proposed product or technology does not fall into one of these categories but would satisfy the goal of the program, applicants should address the eligibility issue in their initial application/letter of intent.
Eligibility guidelines and grant application packages can be found at www.njssi.org . Questions regarding the grant application may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or directed to the Technology Demonstration Program office at 732-932-5475 - ext. 868.
The New Jersey Sustainable State Institute's (NJSSI) mission is to provide decision makers and all New Jersey citizens with a clear picture of where we are, where we are headed, and what we need to achieve to be sustainable. NJSSI works with government, public interest groups, business leaders, scientists, and citizens from all walks of life, to build understanding and capacity to address the critical social, economic, and environmental factors that we must sustain to ensure a quality-of-life. NJSSI is part of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.
Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) is New Jersey's oldest and largest regulated gas and electric delivery utility, serving nearly three-quarters of the state's population. PSE&G is the winner of the ReliabilityOne Award for superior electric system reliability. PSE&G is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) (NYSE:PEG) , a diversified energy company.
Source: Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G) (press release)