Profile: New Jersey Resources Corp (NJR)
19 Dec 2014
New Jersey Resources Corporation (NJR) is an energy services holding company that provides retail and wholesale energy services to customers primarily in the Gulf Coast, Mid-Continent, Appalachian, Northeastern, and Western market areas of the United States, as well as Canada. The Company operates within four reportable business segments: Natural Gas Distribution, Clean Energy Ventures, Energy Services and Midstream (formerly Energy Holdings). The Natural Gas Distribution segment consists of regulated energy and off-system, capacity and storage management operations. The Clean Energy Ventures segment consists of capital investments in clean energy projects. The Energy Services segment consists of unregulated wholesale energy operations. Lastly, the Midstream segment consists of investments in the midstream natural gas market, such as natural gas transportation and storage facilities.
NJR's subsidiaries and businesses include New Jersey Natural Gas Company, NJR Clean Energy Ventures Corporation, NJR Energy Services Company, NJR Energy Investments Corporation, NJR Retail Holdings Corporation and NJR Service Corp. New Jersey Natural Gas Company , a local natural gas distribution company that provides regulated retail natural gas service to approximately 497,400 residential and commercial customers in central and northern New Jersey and participates in the off-system sales and capacity release markets. NJNG is regulated by the BPU and comprises the Company's Natural Gas Distribution segment.
NJR Retail Holdings Corporation , an unregulated affiliate that consolidates the Company's unregulated retail operations. Retail Holdings consists of the wholly owned subsidiaries: NJR Home Services Company , a company that provides heating, ventilation and cooling service repair and contract services to approximately 121,000 service contract customers, as well as solar installation projects. Commercial Realty & Resources Corp. , a company that holds and develops commercial real estate. NJR Plumbing Services, Inc. , a company that provides plumbing repair and installation services.
NJR Service Corporation , an unregulated company that provides shared administrative services, including corporate communications, finance and accounting, internal audit, legal, human resources and information technology for NJR and all subsidiaries.
Natural Gas Distribution
NJNG provides natural gas service to approximately 497,400 customers. NJNG's service territory covers New Jersey's Monmouth and Ocean counties and parts of Burlington, Morris, Middlesex and Sussex counties. It encompasses 1,516 square miles, covering 105 municipalities with an estimated population of 1.4 million people. It is primarily suburban, highlighted by approximately 100 miles of New Jersey coastline. It is in close proximity to New York City, Philadelphia and the metropolitan areas of northern New Jersey and is accessible through a network of roadways and mass transportation..
NJNG has periodically engaged outside consultants to assist in its customer growth projections. In addition to customer growth through new construction, NJNG's business strategy includes aggressively pursuing conversions from other fuels, such as oil, electricity and propane. NJNG's business is subject to various risks, such as those associated with adverse economic conditions, which can negatively impact customer growth, operating and financing costs, fluctuations in commodity prices, which can impact customer usage, customer conservation efforts, certain regulatory actions and environmental remediation.
NJNG utilizes its transportation contracts to transport gas from the Dominion Transmission Corporation, Steckman Ridge and Central New York Oil & Gas storage fields to NJNG's citygates. NJNG has sufficient firm transportation, storage and supply capacity to fully meet its firm sales contract obligations. NJNG has several citygate supply agreements with NJRES. NJNG can call upon a supply of up to 28,600 dths/day delivered to NJNG's Transco citygate and a supply of up to 20,000 dths/day delivered to NJNG's Texas Eastern citygate. On September 30, 2013 , NJNG had 54,253 residential and 10,399 commercial and industrial customers utilizing the transportation service.
Clean Energy Ventures
NJRCEV is an unregulated company that invests in, owns and operates clean energy projects located primarily in New Jersey and owns a minority equity interest in an onshore wind project developer.NJRCEV invests in, owns and operates residential and commercial solar installations in New Jersey. As of September 30, 2013 , NJRCEV has placed solar assets with a capacity of 56 MW into service, including a combination of residential and commercial net metered and grid-connected solar systems. As part of its solar investment program, NJRCEV operates a residential lease program, The Sunlight Advantage, that provides qualifying homeowners the opportunity to have a solar system installed on their home with no installation or maintenance expenses. NJRCEV owns, operates and maintains the system over the life of the lease in exchange for monthly payments. The program is operated by NJRCEV using a group of qualified contracting partners in addition to strategic supplier relationships for material standardization and sourcing.
NJRCEV's commercial solar projects are sourced through various channels and include both net-metered and grid-connected systems. Net-metered projects involve the sale of energy to a host where grid-connected systems sell into the wholesale energy markets. Project construction is competitively sourced through third parties. New Jersey has the solar market in the United States with a number of firms competing in all facets of the market including development, financing and construction.
NJRES provides unregulated physical natural gas services and engages in the business of optimizing natural gas storage and transportation assets. The rights to these assets are contractually acquired in anticipation of delivering natural gas or performing asset management activities for customers or in conjunction with identifying arbitrage opportunities that exist in the marketplace. These arbitrage opportunities occur as a result of price differences between market locations and/or time horizons. NJRES' activities are conducted in the market areas in which it has and includes primarily the Gulf Coast, Mid-Continent, Appalachian, Northeastern, and Western market regions of the United States, as well as Canada. NJRES competes based on price and quality of service execution. Its competitors can include utility companies, natural gas producers and financial institutions that have wholesale marketing operations. NJRES' portfolio of end-use customers includes natural gas distribution companies, industrial companies, and electric generators, as well as retail aggregators, wholesale marketers and natural gas producers.
NJRES focuses on creating value from its natural gas assets, which are typically amassed through contractual rights to natural gas transportation and storage capacity. These assets become more valuable when prices change between these areas and across time periods. On a forward basis, NJRES may hedge these price differentials through the use of financial instruments. In addition, NJRES seeks to optimize these assets on a daily basis as market conditions change by evaluating all the natural gas supplies and transportation to which it has access. This enables NJRES to capture geographic pricing differences across these various regions as delivered natural gas prices change as a result of market conditions. NJRES initiates positions on which it earns financial margin, and then enhances that financial margin as prices change across regions or time period.
Midstream includes investments in FERC-regulated interstate natural gas transportation and storage assets and is composed of the subsidiaries NJR Steckman Ridge Storage Company, which holds the Company's 50 %equity investment in Steckman Ridge. Steckman Ridge is a Delaware limited partnership, jointly owned and controlled by subsidiaries of the Company and subsidiaries of Spectra Energy Corporation, that built, owns and operates a natural gas storage facility with approximately 17.7 billion cubic feet of operating capacity in Bedford County, Pennsylvania.
The facility has direct access to Texas Eastern and Dominion and has access to the Northeast markets, and NJNR Pipeline, which consists of its 5% equity investment in Iroquois Gas Transmission System, which is a 412 -mile FERC-regulated interstate natural gas pipeline system that runs from the New York-Canadian border to Long Island, New York. Retail and Other operations consist primarily of unregulated affiliates NJRHS, which provides heating, ventilation and cooling service, sales and installation of appliances to approximately 121,000 service contract customers, as well as installation of solar equipment; CR&R, which holds and develops commercial real estate. As of September 30, 2013 , CR&R's real estate portfolio consisted of 25.4 acres of undeveloped land in Monmouth County, and NJR Investment, which invests in and holds certain energy-related investments, primarily through equity instruments of public companies.
New Jersey Resources Corp
1415 Wyckoff Rd
PO Box 1468
BELMAR NJ 07719-1468