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New Hampshire Is Not Part of A Plan for A $3.6 Billion Northeast Clean Hydrogen Hub. Why?

Last week, a large part of the Northeast sent a huge $3.62 billion plan to the federal government in order to become a regional hub for clean hydrogen. New Hampshire wasn’t mentioned in the news.

As part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and more than 100 partners in the hydrogen ecosystem are competing for a $1.25 billion share of $8 billion in federal funding that will help set up six to ten clean hydrogen hubs around the country.

Last Friday, the seven governors who were involved made statements about the final plan. They used words like “momentous day” and “game-changing” and talked about the potential for economic growth, industry, and progress toward their own state climate goals.

Gov. Chris Sununu wasn’t one of the many people who spoke up. And it’s not clear why New Hampshire didn’t put its name in the hat. This week, he was asked about it, and he said, “I love the idea of hydrogen.”

He told the Department of Energy to find out why New Hampshire hadn’t joined the regional effort, but he also said, “All of the pieces definitely have to be there.”

Sununu said, “You have to have projects and you have to have developers.” “The state doesn’t build hydrogen plants. … It would mean a lot to be able to make those efforts. More low-cost energy sources are good for everyone, whether they are in New Hampshire or the rest of New England as a whole.

There is a big hydrogen project in New Hampshire. Q Hydrogen, based in Utah, is turning a former paper mill in Groveton into “the world’s first power plant completely powered by clean, affordable clear hydrogen,” according to the company.

Since the governor likes hydrogen, it’s even harder to understand why New Hampshire didn’t join its neighbors in the big race for government money. Sam Evans-Brown, the executive director of Clean Energy New Hampshire, said, “I find this one a little strange, and I think a lot of people do, too.”

Chris Ellms, a deputy commissioner at the Department of Energy, said that while the state has supported regional efforts to get government money for offshore wind power, the department “has decided not to join the hydrogen consortium at this time.”

Ellms said that the application came from a group of states and business partners led by the State of New York. “Before the State of New Hampshire makes a deal with another state, a number of things need to be thought about, like whether or not the deal fits with State policy goals.”

New Hampshire is the only state in New England that doesn’t have a law that says it has to lower greenhouse gas emissions or a complete, up-to-date plan for dealing with climate change.

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There is a lot of buzz about hydrogen, especially because of how excited Europeans are about it. It’s a good power source for reducing carbon emissions because it doesn’t make carbon dioxide, which is the main cause of climate change.

Not all hydrogen has the same properties. It can be made from fossil fuels or renewable energy, kept, moved, or burned to make electricity. Electrolysis and thermal processes are the most popular ways to make hydrogen fuel.

A report from Allied Market Research this month said that the world market for clean hydrogen is expected to be worth $18.3 billion by 2032.

Evans-Brown thinks that hydrogen will have a place in a world without carbon, especially in the areas that are hardest to get rid of the carbon.

But he said that there is a “irrational exuberance” that it can “do anything.” He said that he gets his ideas from Michael Liebreich’s “clean hydrogen merit ladder,” which is a list of the best ways to use hydrogen.

The decision by the central government to support hydrogen through the regional hubs has not been made without discussion.

Critics say it’s not a great answer. It can also pollute in other ways, such as when it leaks and lets methane, a powerful warming gas, into the air. When hydrogen is burned, for example, it makes a lot of nitrogen oxide, which is a gas that can hurt a person’s lungs.

Concerning the second point, some people worry that oil and gas companies will start burning hydrogen as a “greenwashing” technique. “Greenwashing” refers to misleading marketing techniques that try to convince the public that a company cares about the environment or that a certain product or practice is good for the environment.

What’s in The $3.62 Billion Northeast Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub Proposal?

New Hampshire Is Not Part of A Plan for A $3.6 Billion Northeast Clean Hydrogen Hub. Why?

The U.S. Department of Energy says that the nationally funded clean hydrogen hubs will create networks of hydrogen producers, consumers, and local infrastructure to link them. This will speed up the use of hydrogen as a clean energy carrier that can deliver or store energy.

The group of Northeast states led by New York was first named in March of last year. Together, the seven states are competing with up to 20 other proposed hubs from all over the country for a piece of the government money.

If chosen, the federal money would go toward the Northeast’s $3.62 billion proposal, which includes more than a dozen projects spread across all seven states that “promote clean electrolytic hydrogen production, consumption, and infrastructure projects for sectors that are hard to decarbonize, such as transportation and heavy industry.”

Over a period of 10 to 12 years, projects in the Northeast hub would be built in four stages.

The Clean Air Task Force has been keeping track of the hub plans and has made an interactive map that shows New Hampshire is one of only four states (along with Florida, South Dakota, and Idaho) that has not joined at least one hub proposal.

Evans-Brown said that it was a “missed opportunity” for New Hampshire to get the free federal money, “especially if another state is taking the lead on writing the application.” It’s another way that New Hampshire stands out from the rest of the area when it comes to taking action on climate change and using clean energy.

Evans-Brown thinks that the fact that the state isn’t part of the regional effort shows that its Department of Energy, which was only formed in 2021, doesn’t have the resources or staff to compete for competitive grants.

“It’s hard to get state agencies to do anything about this everywhere,” he said.

Aside from the regional effort, lawmakers are still trying to get the state ready for a hydrogen-based future.

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This week, Sen. David Watters talked to the House Science, Technology, and Energy Committee about a bill he proposed to help the growth of green hydrogen in the Granite State.

Watters said, “I don’t want New Hampshire to be a black hole where businesses don’t go because nothing can be built there.” “… I want both federal and private money to come here to invest because I think we have a lot of promise.

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Parvesh
Parvesh
Parvesh is the Content Writer for New Jersey Local News. Here at New Jersey Local News, she covers local news of New Jersey state. Moreover, Parvesh likes to dance and listen to music. She also finds time in her hectic schedule to relax and spend time with loved ones.
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