Middle Township Mayor Dan Lockwood announced that the Township will hold its first-ever Middle Township Energy Fair on Wednesday, November 13th at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 207 West Main Street in Whitesboro. The Fair will be comprised of two parts, one addressing energy needs by commercial properties and another addressing energy needs by the Township’s residential community.
“The Middle Township Energy Fair is a great way to continue the dialogue with residents and business owners on how they can more cost-effectively use energy and enjoy significant savings for years to come”, Mayor Lockwood said. “There are many state-approved grant and loan programs available to the public and we will engage the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities along with local energy experts to educate and inform the public on the options available”.
Commercial property owners in the Township are invited to attend the first segment of the Fair at 2:00pm. Gary Finger, Ombudsperson for the Office of Business Energy through the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities will discuss commercial grant and loan opportunities for Middle Township businesses that can improve energy efficiency and costs. Mr. Finger will also host the second segment of the Fair for residential property owners beginning at 6:00pm. The Ombudsperson’s mission is to assist the State’s commercial and industrial energy users in managing their energy costs through a strategic approach to efficiency, renewable technologies, and supply purchasing. The Office also serves as a member of the Governor's economic growth team, using energy programs as incentives to encourage business development, expansion and relocation to New Jersey.
“The Middle Township Energy Fair will be very beneficial to contractors who will be able to learn first-hand about some of the grant and loan programs available so they can market their services better”, said Middle Township Deputy Mayor Tim Donohue. The Township plans to engage conversation with local companies and utilities that do business in Middle Township and have a high level of familiarity with the State’s grant and loan programs. Tentatively scheduled to participate in the Fair will be South Jersey Energy Solutions, Broadley’s, and South Jersey Gas Company.
“We want to involve local businesses in the Fair who wish to help educate the public on specific ideas and services that will help consumers use energy more efficiently while saving money at the same time”, Mayor Lockwood said. Businesses who are interested in a booth or table at the fair may contact Business Administrator Connie Mahon at (609) 465-8732. Display space at the Fair is available for $25 and will be available to the first 40 participants on a first come, first served basis. Participants will be provided a table, and will be asked to provide a free item or service as part of a giveaway for Fair attendees.
In March, 2012 Middle Township became one of the first communities from our region to attain certification the Sustainable Jersey program which recognizes communities for leadership and diligence with energy initatives and providing a “green” community. The Township was also successful in obtaining the highest grant offered by the Sustainable Jersey program when it received a $20,000 grant for a water reclamation project involving a partnership with the Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority and Atlantic Cape Community College.
For updated information on the Middle Township Energy Fair please visit www.middletownship.com.