Retail Fuel Station – Energy Resiliency Program


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 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 all retail fuel stations statewide in New Jersey which sell gasoline and diesel with minimum gasoline capacity of 18,000 gallons.

The list of approved stations can be found here: pdf download. 
Map of stations (pdf download)

  • Grant awards up to $65,000 available for 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 retail stations with gasoline fuel storage capacity between 18,000 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. 

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 with gasoline fuel storage capacity between 18,000 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 3 months of the applicant's receipt of the grant agreement for a quick connect installation and within 6 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 program launch 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, flood insurance is required to be maintained on the property for an amount of equal time to the life of the asset.  
  • 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 open, rolling process for accepting applications under the RFS-Energy Resiliency Program.  Funding will be in rounds with the second round of application period closing on March 31, 2015. 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.

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.

Application
Program Guidelines
Frequently Asked Questions

Design & Construction Documentation
Checklist 
Load Worksheet
Professional Services Form
Quick Connect Bid Summary
Permanent Generator Bid Summary
Overall Project Cost Form
Labor Compliance Certification 
NJOEM Electrician/Engineer Generator Certification Form
RFS Eligible Costs
RFS - Application Information

Labor Standards Davis Bacon Forms  
US Department of Labor Certified Payroll Report
NJEDA RFS Generators Construction Contract Addendum Grantee
NJEDA RFS Generators Contract and Subcontract Activity Report
NJEDA RFS Generators AA Form 1

Certificate of Exempt Capital Improvement (ST-8) Form