So is a Hydrogen Hub coming to Washington?
Governor Jay Inslee is poised to sign the bipartisan SB 5910 “Accelerating the availability and use of renewable hydrogen in Washington state”, sponsored by Senators Reuven Carlyle*, Andy Billig, Steve Conway, Brad Hawkins, Sam Hunt, Mark Mullet, Rebecca Saldaña, and Derek Stanford.
This bill intends:
“to establish policies and a framework for the state to become a national and global leader in the production and use of these hydrogen fuels. This act will create an office of renewable fuels to: Promote partnerships among industrial, transportation, agriculture, and commercial interests as well as fuel producers, the technology research sector, and public sector agencies; identify barriers to and opportunities for market development; provide greater clarity and certainty in regulatory and siting standards; provide incentives and financial assistance in the deployment of hydrogen fuel infrastructure; support a clean and just energy transition; help create good quality, clean energy jobs; and improve air quality in degraded areas, particularly in communities that have borne disproportionate levels of air pollution from the combustion of fossil fuels.”
Further, it will:
“Encourage new and support existing public-private partnerships to increase coordinated planning and deployment of renewable fuels and green electrolytic hydrogen. The office may take all appropriate steps to seek and apply for federal funds... by a public-private partnership entity that leverages private sector leadership and is composed of multiple interests, including public and private project developers, manufacturers and end users, research institutions, academia, government, and communities around the state...”
And it directs the Department of Commerce to:
“Provide support to a public-private partnership [that will] prepare a timely and responsive application for federal funding to develop a regional clean hydrogen hub in Washington state.”
We’ll stay tuned to Washington state’s public-private effort to win federal funding for a regional H2Hub. Meanwhile...
For an excellent primer on hydrogen -- gray, blue and green -- read this from the Washington Post: Clean energy superstar or smokescreen for fossil fuel use? Here’s what you need to know about hydrogen.
* Thank you, state Sen. Reuven Carlyle, for being a model public servant | The Seattle Times
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