New Jersey Resources is taking action to ensure a clean energy future.

Across our company, we are stepping up and leading the way—challenging, innovating and rethinking what sustainability can mean for our business and our customers.

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OUR COMMITMENT TO DECARBONIZE

NJNG is Innovating to Deliver Better Emission and Environmental Outcomes

What if we told you the natural gas utility of tomorrow will be a part of that greener world? And it wouldn’t just deliver traditional natural gas, but decarbonized energy from the sun, the wind and even the trash you took out this week?

What if you knew that energy would give you and your children a cleaner world, with less emissions and more advanced technology that allowed renewables to power your stovetop and table scraps to be reused for heating homes?

And what if that could all be accomplished without sacrificing the reliability of the underground natural gas system counted on by millions of families every day?

At New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG), we know we have an important role in play in achieving a low-carbon, clean energy future.

Through our commitment to sustainability and innovation, we’re making that vision a reality and building the natural gas utility of the future – today.

Let’s color our world green, together.

How Are We Delivering This Clean Energy Vision?

Through advances in technology and billions of dollars already invested to build a world-class, environmentally-friendly natural gas system, we’re on a mission to innovate.

We’re working to deliver the next generation of clean energy to homes and businesses – helping reduce emissions and reach climate goals as we go.

Here are some key steps we are taking to lead the way to change
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Giving New Purpose to our Existing Infrastructure

Billions of dollars in ratepayer investment has already been made in New Jersey’s existing natural gas utility delivery systems, and for good reason – these systems have a proven record of safety and reliability.
Behind the scenes, we have been modernizing our existing natural gas systems, building a distribution network that is one of the most environmentally sound in the nation. So, if this infrastructure is safe, reliable, and already built – why not use this to deliver the clean energy we need?

That’s our plan.
Distributing alternate fuels through existing, upgraded delivery systems is a practical path forward to achieve New Jersey’s 2050 emission reduction goals, while maintaining the reliability benefits of underground infrastructure counted on by families and businesses.

Renewable Natural Gas

RNG can be generated from existing waste streams including food, water and waste. Instead of methane from these byproducts being released or flared at the source, they are captured, processed and used interchangeably with traditional natural gas. These waste streams serve a renewed purpose as a carbon neutral fuel, warming homes, running appliances and powering businesses all while helping to reduce emissions.

Renewable natural gas, or RNG, is exactly that – renewable. How? RNG can be generated from sources like food, water and waste, making it a carbon-neutral fuel.

For example: you eat dinner, scrape your leftover food into your garbage and take it out to the curb. From there, it’s delivered to a landfill, naturally releasing methane while it decomposes. This is where we come in – instead of letting this methane be released into the atmosphere or simply burned off, we can capture it, process it, and use it to heat homes.

RNG is an emerging energy source that checks all the boxes:
-Carbon neutral fuel
-Warms homes, runs appliances and powers businesses
-Helps reduce emissions
-Helps improve air quality

Renewable Natural Gas

RNG can be generated from existing waste streams including food, water and waste. Instead of methane from these byproducts being released or flared at the source, they are captured, processed and used interchangeably with traditional natural gas. These waste streams serve a renewed purpose as a carbon neutral fuel, warming homes, running appliances and powering businesses all while helping to reduce emissions.

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So How Big of an Impact Can RNG Have?

In one study that looked at RNG sources nationwide, it found the potential for up to 13,900 dekatherms of RNG gas – or about 90% of the total natural gas consumption in the U.S. today*

 

*Source: Renewable Sources of Natural Gas Supply, American Gas Foundation, December 2019

Green Hydrogen

Hydrogen is a powerful energy carrier and, when burned, is a zero-emission alternative to natural gas. Hydrogen can be safely blended into natural gas systems to heat homes and power businesses.
So, what is green hydrogen?
Green hydrogen is another form of renewable energy we are blending into our system – it is zero-carbon, clean and safe.
Hydrogen can be produced in many ways. When it’s produced using emissions-free power from renewable sources, like solar or wind, the hydrogen molecules are emissions free, too. This is known as green hydrogen.

How Is NJNG Getting Involved?
NJNG is well positioned to participate in the development of a hydrogen market in New Jersey for two main reasons:
⦁ NJNG has a world-class distribution system ready to deliver the next generation of decarbonized fuels to customers. For decades, NJNG has invested in modernizing its system to reduce leaks and lower emissions, building a distribution network that is one of the most environmentally sound in the nation. By investing to remove cast iron and unprotected steel, our system is able to transport natural gas alternatives, like hydrogen.
⦁ NJNG’s service territory uniquely positions us to integrate with plans for offshore wind development. A significant portion of the state’s 7,500 megawatt offshore wind goal is expected to come ashore in our service territory. NJNG sees potential for our existing infrastructure to store and transport renewable energy during times when supply from resources like wind and solar is higher than demand.
Traditionally in these situations, – renewable generators are forced to shut down, wasting the renewable power that could have been created. This is known as curtailing. Instead, by creating green hydrogen from this excess power and blending it into existing natural gas infrastructure, we can provide an alternative to curtailment and help optimize our state’s renewable resources.

Green Hydrogen

Around the world, the importance of green hydrogen as a zero-carbon energy source is becoming clear. Green hydrogen is produced using electricity from renewable sources like solar or wind to produce hydrogen without carbon emissions. This clean fuel can then be blended directly into gas distribution systems or used in other applications like heavy industry, transportation or power generation.

NJR is well positioned to participate in the development of a hydrogen market in New Jersey for two main reasons:

⦁ NJNG has invested for decades in modernizing its system to reduce leaks and lower emissions, building a distribution network that is one of the most environmentally sound in the nation. By investing to remove cast iron and unprotected steel, our system is well-positioned to deploy sustainable methane alternatives like hydrogen, which can be corrosive to older pipeline materials.

⦁ NJNG’s service territory uniquely positions us to integrate with plans for offshore wind development. A meaningful portion of the state’s ambitious 7,500 MW offshore wind goal is expected to 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 intermittent clean energy is captured and utilized.

NJNG’s Howell Green Hydrogen Project

Exciting changes are coming: NJNG has initiated a green hydrogen, or power-to-gas project, right here in our service territory – the first on the east coast in the United States operated by a utility and an important step toward the clean energy future. This effort is not only an example of how we are putting our words into action, but will demonstrate the real-world potential of the hydrogen opportunity before us.

Some more facts about the project:

  • When completed, the green hydrogen produced will blend directly into our existing natural gas distribution system, directly powering homes and businesses.
  • The hydrogen will be produced using 100% renewable energy from an on-site solar installation.
  • We are developing this renewable hydrogen project at our Howell, New Jersey facility, and we expect to reach commercial operation in 2021.