New York Construction Report staff writer
Vermont is the seventh state to sign an agreement, joining with New York, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island, to create a proposal to become a regional clean hydrogen hub. Ten hubs will be designated through the federal Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs program included in the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act – an $8 billion program.
“The Northeast Clean Hydrogen Hub team of partners is unique in that it brings together a collaborative, renewable energy focused group that is poised to move our clean energy economy forward through innovation and cooperation,” said New York Power Authority acting president and CEO Justin E. Driscoll. “The New York Power Authority supports hydrogen technology companies through low-cost power allocations and has been a first mover in hydrogen research and development.
“We at NYPA are proud to be part of the Northeast Hub consortium and we stand at the ready to help develop nation-leading hydrogen solutions that will have lasting benefits for our economy and our environment.”
Since March 2022, the Northeast Clean Hydrogen Hub has continued to add strategic partners representing all parts of the clean hydrogen ecosystem, including private sector industry leaders, infrastructure and logistics experts, non-profits, technology and equipment manufacturers, hydrogen project developers, transportation leaders, utilities and state agencies.
Partnering states will also coordinate with their respective state entities to help align the collaborative’s efforts with each state’s climate and clean energy goals, including New Jersey’s Global Warming Response Act goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050.
The Hub proposal will be developed with climate and environmental justice central to its strategy to deliver opportunities and improved quality of life to underserved areas across the region. It will focus on integration of renewables – such as onshore and offshore wind, hydropower, and solar PV – and nuclear power into clean hydrogen production, and the evaluation of clean hydrogen for use in transportation, including for medium and heavy- duty vehicles, heavy industry, and power generation applications or other appropriate uses consistent with decarbonization efforts.
For more information on hydrogen activities in New York State, please visit NYSERDA’s website.