Retail Fuel Station – Energy Resiliency Program

Please note the Retail Fuel Station (RFS) – Energy Resiliency Program is no longer accepting applications. 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

Superstorm Sandy caused extensive power outages across the State that rendered liquid fuel pumps and point of sale systems at many retail fuel stations inoperable. 

The Retail Fuel Station (RFS) – Energy Resiliency Program is funded through the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).   This voluntary grant program is designed to enhance the operational resiliency of retail fuel stations statewide within one-quarter (1/4) of a mile of identified evacuation routes from future outages by incentivizing the installation of back-up generator quick-connect or back up electric generators.  (A quick-connect is a method of connecting a portable generator to the service station's electrical panel utilizing temporary electrical cords and plug connections.)

ELIGIBLE FUEL STATIONS:

The Retail Fuel Station – Energy Resiliency Program is being offered to a targeted list of eligible retail fuel stations in New Jersey.  The targeted list of eligible retail fuel stations can be found here: pdf download

Map of stations (pdf download - 797kb)

If a fuel station is not included on this targeted list but meets the specific eligibility requirements, the retail fuel station may apply.

YOU CAN APPLY FOR:

  • Grant awards up to $65,000 available for targeted retail stations with gasoline fuel storage capacity greater than 35,000 gallons for the permanent installation of back-up electric generator units, or; 
  • Grant awards up to $15,000 available for targeted retail stations with gasoline fuel storage capacity between 30,000 to 35,000 gallons for the permanent installation of quick connect technology or to offset a portion of the cost of purchasing and permanently installing a back-up electric generator. 

TO BE USED FOR:

The permanent installation of back-up electric generator quick-connects or the permanent installation of back-up electric generator units to energize primary retail fuel pumps, Point of Sale systems and/or requisite lighting and safety systems/equipments costs are eligible.  No other infrastructure hardening and/or mitigation work is within the scope of this program.  A detailed list of eligible and ineligible costs will be forthcoming.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Applicant must be the owner or operator of the project site with legal authority to make such permitting and construction alterations to the project site and who is going to undertake the responsibility for any costs not covered under the program. 
  • Work on project has not commenced prior to approval of the grant.
  • Retail fuel stations must be located within one-quarter (1/4) of a mile of an identified evacuation route across the State. 
  • Retail fuel stations with gasoline fuel storage capacity between 30,000 to 35,000 gallons are eligible for up to $15,000 to purchase and install quick connect technology or offset a portion of the cost of purchasing and permanently installing an onsite back-up generator. 
  • Retail fuel stations with gasoline fuel storage capacity greater than 35,000 gallons are eligible for up to $65,000 toward the permanent installation of an onsite back-up electric generator. 
  • Retail fuel stations must sell both gasoline and diesel fuel.  (If a station does not sell diesel but is the only available retail fuel outlet within  one-quarter (1/4) mile of an identified evacuation route, it will be eligible) 
  • Retail fuel stations must have an effective UST (underground storage tank) registration.
  • Retail fuel stations must not have current quick connect technology or back-up generation.  If an applicant is eligible to receive grant funding for a permanent generator and has a quick connect system, the upgrade to a permanent generator will be considered. 

CONDITIONS:

  • Work must be completed and documentation submitted to the EDA within 6 months of the applicant's receipt of the grant agreement for a quick connect installation and within 9 months for the installation of a permanent generator.  If the retail fuel station was lawfully licensed to operate on October 29, 2012 and sustained verifiable physical damage as a result of Superstorm Sandy, the owner/operator will have one year from the applicant's receipt of the grant agreement to complete reconstruction and mitigation work and meet all program conditions. 
  • Applicant must ensure preventative maintenance is conducted as specified by the generator manufacturer or a maintenance contract for a permanent generator is in place for at least five (5) years from date of final approval of municipal building inspector.  In either case, maintenance must be logged in a maintenance log that is kept on location and subject to NJDEP inspection. 
  • Applicant must comply with Affirmative Action, Prevailing Wage/Davis-Bacon requirements. 
  • Applicant must present a valid Tax Clearance Certificate at time of application approval. 
  • If the project site is in a flood plain (all of A or V flood zones), flood insurance is required. A deed restriction will be placed on the project site. 
  • Applicant must be an US citizen or provide proof of non-citizen national or qualified alien status. 
  • Applicant and contractors (performing the installation of the quick connect or permanent generator) must pass a disqualification/debarment review. 
  • Project must comply with all environmental and historic preservation laws and requirements. 

There will be an eight week open, rolling process for accepting applications under the RFS – Energy Resiliency Program.  Work cannot commence until a grant agreement is executed with the NJEDA.  Starting any work prior to a grant agreement being fully executed could result in a declination of a grant award or disbursement of funds. The deadline for RFS – Energy Resiliency Program applications is March 21, 2014.

Awards are subject to availability of funds.

For additional information on the grant program, please contact the New Jersey Business Action Center at 1-866-534-7789 or email generators@njeda.com.

Program Guidelines
Frequently Asked Questions

Design & Construction Documentation
Checklist (Updated 6/5/14)
Load Worksheet
Professional Services Form
Quick Connect Bid Summary
Permanent Generator Bid Summary
Overall Project Cost Form
Labor Compliance Certification (Updated 6/16/14)
RFS Eligible Costs
RFS Supplemental Information (Updated 7/24/14)