NJR Clean Energy Ventures (NJRCEV), the unregulated clean energy
subsidiary of New Jersey Resources (NJR), today announced the
acquisition of its first onshore wind project. Named for the Montana
town it is adjacent to, the Two Dot wind farm will be located on 176
acres of rural agricultural land, approximately 93 miles east of the
state capital of Helena. NJRCEV will invest approximately $22 million
and be responsible for constructing, owning and operating the wind farm
that will consist of six, GE 1.62 megawatt, 87-meter rotor diameter wind
turbines for a total capacity of 9.72 megawatts.
“The acquisition of the Two Dot wind project is a significant milestone
for NJR Clean Energy Ventures,” said Laurence M. Downes, chairman and
CEO of New Jersey Resources. “As our first onshore wind project, it
represents a viable long-term growth opportunity for our company and
shareowners. We believe it is a sound investment that advances the
planned diversification of our clean energy portfolio.”
The project was developed by OwnEnergy, Inc., a developer of mid-size
and community wind projects. OwnEnergy’s business model involves
partnering with local energy entrepreneurs to co-develop mid-size wind
farms. In 2012, NJRCEV acquired an approximate 19 percent ownership
position in OwnEnergy, with an option to purchase projects that fit its
investment profile. This is the first OwnEnergy project purchased by
NJRCEV will engage Mortenson Construction for the engineering,
procurement and construction of the project. A leader in renewable
energy construction, Mortenson has completed 124 wind projects, totaling
over 13,000 megawatts of clean, renewable energy, or approximately 20
percent of the installed wind capacity in the United States, since 1995.
NJRCEV expects the wind farm will be operational by summer 2014.
The energy produced at Two Dot, as well as the renewable attributes,
will be sold through a 25-year power purchase agreement with
NorthWestern Energy, a natural gas and electricity supplier that serves
over 673,000 customers in Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska.
Additionally, NJRCEV expects the wind farm will qualify for federal
production tax credits (PTC), which are based on kilowatt-hour output.
All PTCs generated by Two Dot will be retained by NJR.
NJRCEV invests in, owns and operates renewable energy projects that
generate clean power and provide low-carbon energy solutions. These
solutions benefit its customers, while providing growth opportunity for
shareholders. To date, NJRCEV’s approach has focused on commercial and
residential solar project development in New Jersey. As a part of its
clean energy strategy, NJRCEV will look to diversify its holdings to
include small to mid-sized onshore wind projects, supported by long-term
power purchase agreements, as well as other energy investments such as
combined heat and power (CHP) projects.
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning
of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. NJR cautions
readers that the assumptions forming the basis for forward-looking
statements include many factors that are beyond NJR’s ability to control
or estimate precisely, such as estimates of future market conditions and
the behavior of other market participants. Words such as “anticipates,”
“estimates,” “expects,” “projects,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,”
“may,” “should” and similar expressions may identify forward-looking
information and such forward-looking statements are made based upon
management’s current expectations and beliefs as of this date concerning
future developments and their potential effect upon NJR. There can be no
assurance that future developments will be in accordance with
management’s expectations or that the effect of future developments on
NJR will be those anticipated by management. Forward-looking information
in this filing includes, but is not limited to, certain statements
regarding the size of NJRCEV’s investment in the Two Dot wind farm,
estimates regarding the date of completion of the wind farm, NJRCEV’s
qualification for PTCs related to Two Dot wind farm, and the
diversification of NJR’s clean energy portfolio.
Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the
company’s expectations include, but are not limited to, weather and
economic conditions; the ability to obtain governmental approvals and/or
financing for the construction, development and operation of certain
non-regulated energy investments; risks associated with our investments
in renewable energy projects and our investment in an onshore wind
developer, including the availability of regulatory and tax incentives,
logistical risks and potential delays related to construction,
permitting, regulatory approvals and electric grid interconnection, the
availability of viable projects, NJR’s eligibility for ITCs and PTCs,
the future market for Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) and
operational risks related to projects in service; timing of qualifying
for ITCs due to delays or failures to complete planned solar energy
projects and the resulting effect on our effective tax rate and
earnings; NJR does not, by including this paragraph, assume any
obligation to review or revise any particular forward-looking statement
referenced herein in light of future events. More detailed information
about these factors is set forth under the heading “Risk Factors” in
NJR’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
including its most recent Form 10-K and the Form 10-Q for the quarter
ended March 31, 2013, filed on May 3, 2013.
About New Jersey Resources
New Jersey Resources (NYSE:NJR) is a Fortune 1000 company that
provides safe and reliable natural gas and renewable energy services,
including transportation, distribution and asset management. With annual
revenues in excess of $2 billion, NJR is comprised of five key
New Jersey Natural Gas, NJR’s principal subsidiary, operates
and maintains over 7,000 miles of natural gas transportation and
distribution infrastructure to serve approximately half a million
customers in New Jersey’s Monmouth, Ocean and parts of Morris,
Middlesex and Burlington counties.
NJR Clean Energy Ventures is a clean energy company that
invests in, owns and operates solar and onshore wind projects with a
total capacity in excess of 54 megawatts, providing residential and
commercial customers with low carbon solutions.
NJR Energy Services, NJR’s wholesale energy services business,
manages a diversified portfolio of natural gas transportation and
storage assets and provides customized energy solutions to its
customers across North America.
NJR Midstream invests and maintains an equity ownership in a
natural gas storage facility and a transportation pipeline, and serves
companies from local distributors and producers to electric generators
and wholesale marketers.
NJR Home Services is a provider of heating, central air
conditioning, standby generators, solar and other indoor and outdoor
comfort products to nearly 130,000 residential homes and businesses
throughout New Jersey.
NJR and its more than 900 employees are committed to helping customers
save energy and money by promoting conservation and encouraging
efficiency through Conserve to Preserve® and initiatives such
as The SAVEGREEN Project® and The Sunlight Advantage®.
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