Office of Reliability & Market Research
As a result of the impacts of Superstorm Sandy on New Jersey’s critical infrastructure facilities in October 2012, the NJDEP’s Bureau of Energy & Sustainability (BES) began to focus additional efforts on energy resiliency. The energy resiliency efforts BES has focused on are primarily related to critical infrastructure facilities that our agency regulates (i.e. Petroleum Sector Terminals & Retail Fuel Stations, Waste Water Treatment Plants, and Drinking Water Treatment Plants).
BES has collaborated with Federal (i.e. DHS, DOE, NREL and Argonne National Laboratory) and State (i.e. BPU, EDA, OHSP, NJOEM, DCA, Treasury, etc.) agencies to advance our energy resiliency efforts as well as support the energy resiliency efforts of these agencies. Energy resiliency efforts undertaken, and supported, by BES include a supply chain analysis of New Jersey’s Petroleum Sector facilities which resulted in the development of the Petroleum Emergency Toolkit, the New Jersey EDA’s Retail Fuel Station Program, the New Jersey Energy Resiliency Bank (ERB), the BES Geographic Information System (GIS) Profile, as well as other tasks that support the new section, “Improve Energy Infrastructure Resiliency & Emergency Preparedness and Response” of the 2011 Energy Master Plan (EMP) Update (December 2015)
Additional information and background on these efforts are detailed below.
Petroleum Emergency Toolkit
The Petroleum Emergency Toolkit (PET) was developed by the Bureau of Energy and Sustainability within the NJDEP following Superstorm Sandy. The PET profile is a confidential tool designed to support government management planning and response personnel in emergencies affecting the petroleum supply chain. The PET profile identifies the location of each facility, provides detail on each facility, and provides emergency contact information for all petroleum refineries, marine transfer facilities, storage facilities, major pipelines, petroleum distributors, heating fuel suppliers and retail gasoline stations within the state and relevant region. The PET profile will be used with other GIS data layers, such as high resolution aerial photography, topography and storm surge projections, environmental features, jurisdictional boundaries, electric and natural gas utility service territories, and electrical substations.
The PET profile provides access to state and federal orders, declarations, emergency rules and waivers (including extensions and terminations) necessary for state response to petroleum supply emergencies.
Retail Fuel Station Program
- Retail Fuel Station- Energy Resilience Program
The State has awarded nearly $7 million in grants from the federal Hazard Mitigation Gran Program to more than 230 fuel stations located along key thoroughfares identified by state homeland security and emergency management personnel. Eligible station owners used the funds to purchase generators or permanent connection points for mobile generators, also known as “quick connects.” Stations were targeted for the program based on factors including proximity to evacuation routes and fuel storage capacity.
- Map of Participating Stations
- Energy Resilience at Critical Facilities throughout the State
A multi-agency team from the State has been collaborating with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to comprehensively study the energy needs of critical facilities throughout the State, and to identify creative and cost-effective alternative energy solutions. In coordination with the Board of Public Utilities, NREL conducted a state-wide survey of public buildings and leveraged existing data and resources maintained by the State to inform a locally-tailored analysis of energy resilience and efficiency for local communities. To realize energy resilience projects, the State announced $25 million in HMGP Energy Allocations to municipalities, counties, and other critical facilities that can be used to support a variety of alternative energy solutions — including microgrids, solar power with battery back-up, and natural gas-powered emergency generators — technologies that will allow critical facilities to operate even if the power grid fails.
NJ Energy Resilience Bank (ERB)
The Board of Public Utilities and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority have partnered to commit $200 million in funding for the ERB to assist critical facilities with securing resilient energy technologies that will make them – and, by extension, the communities they serve – less vulnerable to future severe weather events and other emergencies
The ERB will finance the design, acquisition, construction, and installation of distributed energy resources that will improve and increase the energy resiliency at certain New Jersey critical facilities. The DER technologies to be financed under the ERB include, but are not limited to:
- CHP systems using various sized gas turbines, reciprocating internal combustion (IC) engines, or microturbines and may include thermal storage;
- Fuel cells with and without heat recovery; and
- Upgrades to solar panel systems with off-grid inverters and storage systems. (The ERB will not finance the cost for installation of solar PV panels or for any balance-of-system equipment related to solar PV panels.)
The ERB will focus on providing capital to those facilities that offer the greatest resilience benefits for the State. The ERB has developed initial financing products for the water treatment plant and wastewater treatment plant market sector and for the hospitals and long-term care facilities market sector. Further information on the NJ Energy Resilience Bank can be found at their website.