Newark city has already made improvements that result in savings of approximately $800,000 annually on municipal energy bills. These savings included upgrades to heating, cooling, and lighting in recreational centers, City Hall, police headquarters, and a comprehensive upgrade to the health building at 394 Washington Street. The Newark Sustainability Office connected the Newark Public Library with an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corp member in 2012, resulting in energy savings for the library system.
In 2014, the Newark Municipal Council authorized the first phase of the City’s participation in the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Energy Savings Improvement Program. During this phase the City’s selected Energy Savings Contractor was responsible for completing an comprehensive Investment Grade Energy Audit (IGEA) creating an Energy Savings Plan of our most energy intensive buildings. The IGEA and Energy Savings Plan will allow the City to identify the most cost effective energy solutions in seventeen (17) city buildings to effectively reduce our municipal energy consumption by at least 20 percent. To learn more about this undertaking please contact the City of Newark, Department of Engineering at (973) 733-8520.