ONE Future Welcomes New Jersey Natural Gas

ONE FUTURE WELCOMES NEW JERSEY NATURAL GAS

-NATURAL GAS COALITION MEMBERSHIP REACHES 16-

Houston, TX – February 5, 2019 – Our Nation’s Energy Future (ONE Future) announced today that New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) has joined the coalition, bringing the total number of member companies to 16. New Jersey Natural Gas is the principal subsidiary of New Jersey Resources (NYSE: NJR), a diversified energy company and Fortune 1000 business.

“We are pleased to start 2019 with this important partnership that builds on NJNG’s core commitment to responsible, sustainable practices that benefit our environment,” said Stephen Westhoven, President and Chief Operating Officer of New Jersey Resources. “ONE Future’s recent reporting demonstrates its commitment to achieving measurable goals and exceeding expectations. NJNG is proud to join the coalition and take another important step in our ongoing commitment to environmental responsibility.”

ONE Future member companies represent the entire natural gas value chain and with the addition of New Jersey Natural Gas, now account for approximately 10% of the total natural gas production, 32% of the US natural gas transmission miles and 9% of the US natural gas distribution. As part of its member benefits, NJNG will hold a seat on ONE Future’s Board of Directors. ONE Future board members work with other board members to promote best practices and share learnings on each company’s respective science-based, technology and methods for methane reduction; though each member always has the flexibility to deploy its capital where it will be most effective. Additionally, NJNG will report its 2018 methane results as part of the distribution sector within the coalition.

“New Jersey Natural Gas is an important addition to the distribution segment of the coalition because it demonstrates that ONE Future is adding significant momentum to its value chain approach to reducing methane emissions,” said Richard Hyde, Executive Director, ONE Future. “As we continue our outreach, we know that the involvement of New Jersey Natural Gas will serve as a positive example to others considering membership.”

New Jersey Natural Gas operates and maintains nearly 7,500 miles of natural gas transportation and distribution infrastructure, serving over half a million customers in New Jersey’s Monmouth, Ocean, Morris, Middlesex and Burlington counties.

NJNG has a long record of acting with corporate and environmental responsibility as a top priority, including the following noteworthy achievements:

• NJNG was the utility in the nation to source natural gas supply from the TrustWell Responsible Gas Program.
• NJNG recently earned the distinction of being the first natural gas utility to eliminate the use of cast iron pipe in its distribution system.
• By the end of 2019, NJNG expects to replace all the remaining bare steel in its system. Once complete, it will be the first natural gas utility in New Jersey to do so.
• NJNG boasts the fewest leaks per mile of all natural gas utilities in New Jersey.

About New Jersey Resources

New Jersey Resources (NYSE: NJR) is a Fortune 1000 company that, through its subsidiaries, provides safe and reliable natural gas and clean energy services, including transportation, distribution, asset management and home services.

About ONE Future

ONE Future was formed when eight companies came together in 2014 with a focus to collectively achieve a science-based average rate of methane emissions across our facilities equivalent to one percent (or less) of total natural gas production. Since our formation, we have grown to 16 companies accounting for the some of the largest natural gas producers, transmission and distribution companies in the U.S. ONE Future members operate in 11 out of the 19 production basins and other segments of the value chain operate in multiple regions of the country, hence ONE Future’s data represent a geographically diverse and material share of the U.S. natural gas supply chain. Its members include Antero Resources, Apache, Berkshire Hathaway Pipeline Group, BHP, New Jersey Natural Gas, Equinor (formerly StatOil), EQT, Hess, Kinder Morgan, National Grid, Southern Company Gas, Southwestern Energy, Summit Utilities, and TransCanada, for more information visit www.onefuture.us.

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ONE Future Releases Methane Intensity Numbers of 0.552%

                   ONE Future Releases Methane Intensity Numbers of 0.552%

-Natural Gas Coalition Surpasses Target of 1%-

Houston, TX – Nov. 15, 2018 – Our Nation’s Energy Future (ONE Future), a coalition of natural gas companies, announced today its inaugural reporting of methane intensity numbers. Using uniform, EPA-approved reporting protocols, the coalition registered a 2017 methane intensity number of 0.552%, well ahead of its goal to reach 1% by 2025. These numbers have been independently reviewed by National Energy Technology Laboratory and by Innovative Environmental Solutions.

“Today’s report validates that through targeted investment in abatement technologies, we can significantly reduce methane emissions across the natural gas supply chain,” said Richard Hyde, Executive Director of ONE Future. “We are demonstrating that natural gas can indeed meet the growing energy needs of our country in a sustainable manner, and as our coalition continues to grow, we look forward to helping new members across the country achieve their methane reduction goals.”

ONE Future’s data represents a geographically diverse and material share of the U.S. natural gas supply chain. Its member companies have the flexibility to deploy their capital where it will be most effective in reducing emissions. This includes upgrading and replacing pipeline infrastructure as well as actively seeking and repairing system leaks. To demonstrate credible and measurable results, members agree to measure their emissions and track their progress over time according to EPA-approved reporting protocols.

The graph above shows ONE Future’s 2017 cumulative methane emission intensity by sector and the resulting overall methane emission intensity value of 0.552% compared to ONE Future’s segment target intensities. The graph also compares the ONE Future results to the 2012 national emission intensity that was used to set the ONE Future goal of 1%. Berkshire Hathaway Energy Pipeline Group and Noble Energy joined ONE Future in the 4th quarter of 2018. Their emissions data are not reflected in this current report but will be included in future years.

ONE Future members are committed to ongoing methane emission reduction activities while sharing key learnings through technical reports and workshops to enable others across the industry to build on these successful initial results

About ONE Future

ONE Future formed in 2014 when eight forward-thinking natural gas companies came together and resolved to implement a performance-based approach to the management and mitigation of methane emissions. ONE Future determined that, using proven methods and technologies and science-based criteria, it would voluntarily set an ambitious goal of 1% methane intensity across the natural gas value chain by 2025.

Since its inception, ONE Future has grown to 16 companies accounting for the some of the largest natural gas producers, transmission and distribution companies in the U.S. ONE Future members operate in 11 out of the 19 production basins and other segments of the value chain operate in multiple regions of the country. Its members include Antero Resources, Apache, Berkshire Hathaway Energy Pipeline Group, BHP, Dominion Energy, Equinor (formerly StatOil), EQT, Hess Corporation, Jonah Energy, Kinder Morgan, National Grid, Noble Energy, Southern Company Gas, Southwestern Energy, Summit Utilities, and TransCanada U.S. Gas Operations. Together, these U.S. companies account for approximately 10% of total natural gas production, 32% of natural gas transmission miles and 9% of natural gas distribution.

For more information visit www.onefuture.us.

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ONE Future Welcomes Dominion Energy

ONE Future Welcomes Dominion Energy

-Natural Gas Coalition Membership Reaches 16-

Houston, TX – Nov. 15, 2018 – ONE Future Coalition (ONE Future) announced today that Dominion Energy [NYSE: D] has joined the coalition bringing the total number of member companies to 16.

Dominion Energy is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 26,000 megawatts of electric generation; 14,800 miles of natural gas transmission pipeline; 51,800 miles of natural gas distribution pipeline; 6,600 miles of electric transmission lines; and 57,900 miles of electric distribution lines.

ONE Future member companies represent the entire natural gas value chain and with the addition of Dominion Energy, now account for approximately 10% of the total natural gas production, 32% of the US natural gas transmission miles and 9% of the US natural gas distribution.

“Dominion Energy has already made great strides on their own to reduce methane emissions,” said Richard Hyde, Executive Director, ONE Future. “As our coalition continues its rapid growth, we’re pleased that Dominion Energy has chosen to join, and we look forward to what they bring to the group.”

“For over 10 years, Dominion Energy has taken voluntary actions to reduce methane emissions in our natural gas business.  Since 2008, our industry leading methane reduction programs have resulted in saving more than 10 Bcf, equivalent to removing over 115,000 cars from the road,” said Diane Leopold, president and CEO of Dominion Energy’s Gas Infrastructure group. “We look forward to leveraging the emission reduction efforts we already have underway as part of our entry into ONE Future. ONE Future’s work and partnership with the EPA is commendable and we are proud to join this coalition focused on leading the industry to reduce methane.”

About Dominion Energy

Nearly 6 million customers in 19 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy (NYSE: D). The company is committed to sustainable, reliable, affordable, and safe energy and is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy with over $80 billion of assets providing electric generation, transmission and distribution, as well as natural gas storage, transmission, distribution, and import/export services.  As one of the nation’s leading solar operators, the company intends to reduce its carbon intensity by 50 percent by 2030. Headquartered in Richmond, Va., Dominion Energy contributes more than $20 million annually to the communities it serves and actively supports veterans and their families. Please visit www.DominionEnergy.com, Facebook or Twitter to learn more.

About ONE Future

ONE Future was formed when eight companies came together in 2014 with a focus to collectively achieve a science-based average rate of methane emissions across our facilities equivalent to one percent (or less) of total natural gas production. Since our formation, we have grown to 16 companies accounting for the some of the largest natural gas producers, transmission and distribution companies in the U.S. ONE Future members operate in 11 out of the 19 production basins and other segments of the value chain operate in multiple regions of the country, hence ONE Future’s data represent a geographically diverse and material share of the U.S. natural gas supply chain. Its members include Antero Resources, Apache, Berkshire Hathaway Pipeline Group, BHP, Dominion Energy, Equinor (formerly StatOil), EQT, Hess, Kinder Morgan, National Grid, Jonah, Southern Company Gas, Southwestern Energy, Summit Utilities, and TransCanada, for more information visit www.onefuture.us.
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ONE Future Welcomes New Member, BHE Pipeline Group

Sept. 11, 2018: ONE Future Welcomes New Member, BHE Pipeline Group

ONE Future Coalition (ONE Future) announced today that BHE Pipeline Group has joined the coalition, bringing the total number of member companies to 14. BHE Pipeline Group consists of two natural gas pipelines that operate in the Transmission and Storage Segment:  Northern Natural Gas’ pipeline system stretches across 11 states, from Southern Texas to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, providing its customers access to five of the major natural gas supply regions in North America. Kern River Gas Transmission Company is a direct link between the abundant Rocky Mountain natural gas-producing basins and Western markets.

ONE Future member companies represent the entire natural gas value chain and with the addition of BHE Pipeline Group, now account for approximately 10% of the total natural gas production, 32% of the US natural gas transmission miles and 9% of the US natural gas distribution. BHE Pipeline Group is one of several ONE Future companies that have invested in methane mitigation technologies and work-practices for more than a decade.

Matt Finnegan, vice president, resource management, BHE Pipeline Group said, “Engaging with ONE Future’s mission makes sense and allows us to advance our sustainability objectives by using innovative, performance-based approaches to the management of methane emissions. With the guidelines ONE Future provides, along with its toolbox of resources, we gain tremendous value from our membership and look forward to sharing the results of our efforts under the initiative.”

“We’re excited that BHE Pipeline Group has made the forward-thinking decision to formalize its efforts to reduce methane emissions,” said Richard Hyde, Executive Director, ONE Future. “Our coalition is growing, not only by companies, but geographically across the country and we couldn’t be happier. Every company’s efforts count, and are important in achieving our mutual goal of reducing emissions across the natural gas chain to one percent or less by 2025.”

About BHE Pipeline Group

BHE Pipeline Group consists of Northern Natural Gas and Kern River Gas Transmission. Northern Natural Gas has been in business since 1930, and owns the largest interstate natural gas pipeline system in the U.S. Northern Natural Gas’ pipeline system stretches across 11 states, from Southern Texas to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, providing its customers access to five of the major natural gas supply regions in North America. The company provides natural gas transportation and storage services to 81 utilities, producers, energy marketing companies and industrial end users. It also provides grid transportation between other interstate and intrastate pipelines, and access to major North American gas supply basins in Canada, the Rocky Mountains, the MidContinent and Permian Basins, and major shale gas developments.

Kern River Gas Transmission Company began operating in 1992, and is a direct link between the abundant Rocky Mountain natural gas-producing basins and Western markets. Kern River’s interstate natural gas pipeline system includes approximately 1,700 miles of pipeline and 12 fully automated compressor stations. Additional company information is available at www.northernnaturalgas.com and www.kernrivergas.com.

About ONE Future

ONE Future was formed when eight companies came together in 2014 with a focus to collectively achieve a science-based average rate of methane emissions across our facilities equivalent to one percent (or less) of total natural gas production. Since our formation, we have grown to 14 companies accounting for the some of the largest natural gas producers, transmission and distribution companies in the U.S. ONE Future members operate in 11 out of the 19 production basins and other segments of the value chain operate in multiple regions of the country, hence ONE Future’s data represent a geographically diverse and material share of the U.S. natural gas supply chain. Its members include Antero Resources, Apache, Berkshire Hathaway Pipeline Group, BHP, Equinor (formerly StatOil), EQT, Hess, Kinder Morgan, National Grid, Jonah, Southern Company Gas, Southwestern Energy, Summit Utilities, and TransCanada, for more information visit www.onefuture.us.

ONE Future announces NETL report results

NETL Study Concludes that ONE Future Program Can Potentially Reduce Methane Emissions by 33% more than goal of 1%

-Natural Gas Coalition on Track to Reduce Methane Emissions to Less Than 1% by 2025-

Houston, TX – May 15, 2018 – ONE Future Coalition (ONE Future) announced today that the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has released its report, Industry Partnerships and Their Role in Reducing Natural Gas Supply Chain Greenhouse Gas Emissions. The report analyzed the greenhouse gas (GHG) profile of the ONE Future facilities and also evaluated methane abatement options.

Key takeaways from the study are the following:

  • The study indicated an average life-cycle methane emission rate using the ONE Future protocol to be .67% vs national average methane emission rate of 1.62. Additional cost- effective measures could account for an additional 1.1 Bcf in methane emission reductions.
  • f these additional measures are fully realized the average life-cycle methane emission rate for ONE Future companies is 0.65% further enhancing the competitive advantage of US natural gas relative to other countries.
  • NETL also computed the life cycle GHG emission results for natural gas through end use (power sector and liquefied natural gas (LNG) delivered). Comparing the results with prior NETL reports, ONE Future companies delivered gas is 7-10% lower on a CO2 equivalent intensity basis compared to the “average” US natural gas rate on a 100-year basis and about 15-18% lower on a 20 year basis

“ONE Future companies understand methane emissions can potentially erode the benefits of natural gas and reductions are vital to ensuring the industry can support the energy needs of the nation and the world. This study demonstrates the positive impacts of One Future Coalition companies and the bottom line is this report proves that we can achieve energy dominance using our abundant, affordable and American natural gas in an environmentally responsible manner,” said Richard Hyde, Executive Director, ONE Future.

ONE Future member companies represent the entire natural gas value chain and account for about 12% of the total natural gas production, 22% of the US natural gas transmission miles and 9% of the US natural gas distribution. ONE Future companies have invested in methane mitigation technologies and work-practices for several decades. Using the NETL Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) model this project enabled ONE Future members to evaluate how their current and past investments in methane mitigation compared to the US national average of methane emissions.

This initiative between ONE Future and NETL demonstrates how industry and government can work together to improve the understanding of methane emissions and identify potential reduction strategies that can improve long-term operational efficiency of the nation’s natural gas production and delivery systems.

ONE Future was formed when 8 companies came together in 2014 with a focus to collectively achieve a science-based average rate of methane emissions across our facilities equivalent to one percent (or less) of total natural gas production. Since our formation, we have grown to 13 companies accounting for the some of the largest natural gas producers, transmission and distribution companies in the U.S. ONE Future members operate in 11 out of the 19 production basins and other segments of the value chain operate in multiple regions of the country, hence ONE Future’s data represent a geographically diverse and material share of the U.S. natural gas supply chain. Its members include Antero Resources, Apache, BHP, EQT Hess, Kinder Morgan, National Grid, Jonah, Southern Company Gas, Southwestern Energy, Summit Utilities, Statoil and TransCanada, for more information visit www.onefuture.us.

The report can be accessed on the NETL website under the Natural Gas heading at: www.netl.doe.gov/LCA.

 

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EPA Announces First ONE Future Commitments Under Methane Challenge Program

EPA Announces First ONE Future Commitments Under Methane Challenge Program

10/28/2016

Contact Information:

Enesta Jones (jones.enesta@epa.gov)
(202) 564-7873, (202) 564-4355

WASHINGTON—Today, as part of the Obama Administration’s ongoing commitment to take action on climate change and protect public health, EPA is announcing the founding partners of the ONE Future Emissions Intensity Commitment Option under the Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge (Methane Challenge) Program. The Methane Challenge Program builds upon the Natural Gas STAR Program, calling on U.S. oil and gas companies to make specific and transparent commitments to reduce methane emissions from their operations.

“Methane is over 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide in warming the planet, so reducing methane emissions is critical for addressing climate change,” said Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “Our voluntary Methane Challenge Program is an important part of the Obama Administration’s strategy to reduce methane emissions and we are pleased to expand the program to include the ONE Future Commitment. These partner companies are leading a path to cleaner energy production in the natural gas sector by agreeing to reduce methane emissions and track their progress.”

Formed in 2014, the Our Nation’s Energy Future (ONE Future) Coalition is an industry-led partnership with a goal of reducing methane emissions associated with the U.S. onshore natural gas value chain to one percent or less by 2025.  Each ONE Future company has the flexibility to determine the most cost?effective pathway to achieve that goal – and agrees to demonstrate progress according to specific reporting protocols.

Companies interested in joining the Methane Challenge have the opportunity to choose from two options to reduce methane emissions: the Best Management Practice (BMP) Commitment or the ONE Future Commitment.  EPA launched the Methane Challenge Program with 41 founding partners under the BMP Commitment in March 2016. Since then, two additional companies have joined as BMP partners.

Today, four ONE Future member companies – Kinder Morgan, National Grid, Southern Company Gas, and Southwestern Energy – are joining the Methane Challenge Program under the ONE Future Commitment.  One company, National Grid, is a Methane Challenge partner under both the BMP and ONE Future Commitments, bringing the total number of Methane Challenge partners to 46.

The Methane Challenge Program provides partner companies with a platform to make transparent company-wide commitments to cut emissions. Transparency is a fundamental part of the program, and partner achievements will be tracked by submitting annual data directly to EPA. The Methane Challenge Program has the potential to achieve significant emissions reductions in a cost-effective way, and is an important component of the Administration’s 2014 Methane Strategy, which set out regulatory and voluntary approaches for reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40 to 45 percent below 2012 levels by 2025.

Methane Challenge Program: https://www.epa.gov/natural-gas-star-program/natural-gas-star-methane-challenge-program

Details on the Methane Challenge ONE Future Commitment: https://www.epa.gov/natural-gas-star-program/meet-our-program-partners

Learn more about ONE Future: http://www.onefuture.us

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EPA Finalizes ONE Future Program

EPA Finalizes ONE Future Program

August 4, 2016

EPA is pleased to announce that the ONE Future Emissions Intensity (ONE Future) Commitment Option final program materials have been posted to the EPA’ Methane Challenge website https://www.epa.gov/natural-gas-star-program/natural-gas-star-methane-challenge-program

The ONE Future Commitment Option provides companies interested in joining Methane Challenge with another way to reduce methane emissions from their operations, in addition to the existing Best Management Practice Commitment. The ONE Future Commitment is intended to drive action to achieve segment-specific intensity targets, established through the ONE Future Coalition. ONE Future’s overall goal is to achieve a methane “leakage rate” (defined as emissions per volume produced or volume of throughput) of 1% or less along the natural gas value chain by 2025.

We expect to launch the ONE Future Commitment with founding partners in the near future. If you have questions about the ONE Future Commitment, or wish to discuss other aspects of the Program, please do not hesitate to contact Carey Bylin (202-343-9669 or bylin.carey@epa.gov) or Justin Pryor (202-343-9258 or pryor.justin@epa.gov).

EPA Effort To Regulate Existing Infrastructure

EPA Effort To Regulate Existing Infrastructure

March 11, 2016

Yesterday the White House announced that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will begin developing regulations for methane emissions from existing oil and gas sources immediately and will move as expeditiously as possible to complete this process. ONE Future issued a statement:

“Previously we expressed our support for the Administration’s Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions – particularly their willingness to accept participation in initiatives such as ONE Future as an alternative to future regulatory action – provided that emission reductions via our flexible, performance-based program design are both significant and verified… Read more here.