New Jersey’s commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility has taken a significant step forward with the implementation of the Utility Benchmarking Order. This regulation, affecting buildings over 25,000 square feet, aims to reduce energy consumption, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and enhance energy efficiency.
Understanding the Utility Benchmarking Order
The Utility Benchmarking Order, officially known as BPU Docket No. EO21030234, was adopted by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) in response to the state’s ambitious clean energy goals. The order mandates that non-residential buildings over 25,000 square feet must annually benchmark their energy and water usage. Benchmarking is the process of measuring a building’s energy and water consumption and comparing it to similar buildings to identify opportunities for improvement.
Complying with the Utility Benchmarking Order offers several advantanges to New Jersey businesses: