The Energy of the Future is Now
The next generation of clean energy is here – including hydrogen and renewable natural gas (RNG) – and we’re committed to advancing these green technologies.
We plan to support the state’s emissions goal of reducing emissions 80 percent of 2006 levels by 2050 by:
- Leveraging the existing natural gas utility delivery system, already invested in by ratepayers, to distribute alternative fuel solutions
- Implementing more aggressive energy-efficiency solutions
- Cutting emissions from our own operations with a goal of reducing to 60 percent of 2006 levels by 2030.
The Potential of Using Decarbonized Fuels in New Jersey’s Energy Transition:
- $100 billion in savings to
- Maintain the gas system
reliability customers depend on
to warm their homes
- Support achievement of the state’s emissions reduction goals
Renewable Natural Gas
Currently, many landfills flare their methane gas to reduce its impact in the atmosphere, but that gas can instead be captured, processed and used interchangeably with traditional natural gas. Instead of being released or flared at the source, renewable natural gas gets a new purpose warming homes, running appliances and powering businesses – all while helping reach emissions reduction targets for the planet.
Biomethane’s role in meeting decarbonization targets is underestimated. When properly treated, biomethane effectively becomes renewable natural gas. So where does this energy come from?
· Your leftovers are more important that you think; organic waste releases biogas when it decomposes.
· Landfill gas is another source, and is in no short supply in New Jersey.
· Sources of RNG can also be found at wastewater treatment plants and dairy farms.
Our Part In A Clean and Renewable Future
Environmental stewardship, corporate responsibility, sound governance and caring for our communities have been fundamental values of our company for decades. They influence how we operate and the way we work with our customers, regulators, business partners and employees.
ICF estimates by 2050, RNG can represent nearly half of New Jersey’s natural gas usage. Nationally, ICF has estimated enough RNG can be produced to meet nearly all home heating needs.
NJR recognizes green hydrogen is likely to play a major role in the clean energy future as a reliable, decarbonized fuel.
Green hydrogen is energy with zero carbon footprint, made by using electricity from renewable sources like solar and wind to create hydrogen, which can be blended directly into natural gas distribution systems.
We are well positioned to play a role in the development of the early hydrogen market.
Transition to Clean Energy in New Jersey and Beyond
For a decade now, we have successfully operated solar energy infrastructure to serve our customers. This pursuit has delivered profitable growth, aligned us with New Jersey’s sustainability goals, including the Energy Master Plan, and promoted economic development and job creation.
NJR focuses on maintaining a best-in-class distribution system, and we have modernized it to be one of the best in the country. These upgrades are important when transporting alternative fuels like hydrogen.
• We are headquartered in a state with a significant renewable power industry. New Jersey set an ambitious goal of installing 7,500 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind by 2035, and a good portion of that will come ashore in our service territory. Excess wind during periods of low demand can be converted to green hydrogen to ensure the full value of clean energy is captured and utilized.
Power-to-Gas: Coming Soon to Howell, New Jersey
We are developing a renewable hydrogen project at our Howell, New Jersey facility, and we expect to reach commercial operation in 2021.
Goals of the Project
Expandable Menu Shows This:
- Help study blending capabilities and technology
- Create awareness with regulators and policymakers
- Build expertise to allow us to scale as the market continues to develop