Serving hundreds of end customers, dozens of local natural gas producers and small utility companies, Open Flow Energy is widely recognized as a leading provider of reliable and competitively-priced natural gas to both the wholesale and retail consumer market throughout Western Pennsylvania.
In conjunction with our parent company, South Jersey Industries (SJI) and sister-company, South Jersey Resources Group (SJRG), Open Flow Energy has the ability to:
- Access firm transportation on all other major pipelines connecting to National Fuel, with several thousand Dt/day on the National Fuel system alone
- Access nearly three (3) billion cubic feet of storage capacity on National Fuel. Aside from National Fuel itself, SJRG is one of the larger holders of firm storage on the entire National Fuel system
- Access nearly four (4) billion cubic feet of firm storage capacity on systems interconnected to National Fuel
- Provide thousands of Dt/day of locally produced gas
- Offer competitive pricing for flexible terms
- Allow NYMEX price triggering for partial, as well as full requirements
Transporting Natural Gas
- The only real change seen by the customer in a transportation arrangement with Open Flow is in invoicing. Open Flow will bill for the commodity and the LDC will bill for transportation services. Open Flow requests that the customer provide weekly meter readings to track consumption and to assist us in scheduling deliveries. Overall, the customer’s annual total cost of gas will be less than was previously paid for gas purchased from the serving LDC.
- Natural gas is purchased from Open Flow by the customer as it enters the LDC (Local Distribution Company) pipeline system from local producers or connected pipelines. The LDC then transports that gas either directly to the customer, or in most cases by a displacement of the customer’s actual consumption. The LDC is still in control of all pipeline facilities; however, the commodity is owned by the customer. In other words, the maintenance and safe management of the entire pipeline system is still the responsibility of the LDC.
- In a supply arrangement with Open Flow, the customer is billed only for that volume of gas the LDC verifies was received during the billing period. The LDC then bills the customer under a volumetric transportation service tariff approved by the state's Public Utility Commission. A small percentage of the gas received by the LDC, after Btu adjustment, is retained as “fuel and shrinkage” accounting for line losses and compressor fuel.