The State of New Jersey will make funding for back-up generators available to retail fuel stations located along specified evacuation routes. Generator incentive program grants, which are administered by the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, are administered under the federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
The generator incentive program is a two-tier system through which:
1. More that 200 retail stations along target routes with fuel storage capacity between 30,000 gallons and 35,000 gallons are eligible for up to $15,000 to purchase quick connect technology or offset a portion of the cost of purchasing a generator.
2. More than 50 retail stations along target routes with fuel storage capacity greater that 35,000 gallons are eligible for up to $65,000 in funding toward the purchase and installation of an onsite generator, which will cover in most instances the full cost of equipment and installation.
A list of eligible fuel stations is available through the website of the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management.
Currently, all gas station on the Garden State Parkway, Atlantic City Expressway, and New Jersey Turnpike have back-up equipment for power outages. The generator incentive program will provide means for other stations to prepare for potential power outages. According the New Jersey Department of Emergency Management, the generator incentive will allow a “significantly broader reach of gas stations within a quarter mile of key evacuation routes across the State [to] benefit from quicker access to back-up energy.”
More information about the generator incentive program, lists of eligible stations, and information New Jersey’s other fuel resiliency initiatives, is available through the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, here.
Information about the federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program is available here.