Western Green Hydrogen Initiative Launched
Joint Effort Established Supporting Western States to Accelerate Green Hydrogen Production, Infrastructure, and Seasonal Energy Storage
At the Green Hydrogen Visions for the West Virtual Conference, a joint coalition spearheaded by the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), the Western Interstate Energy Board (WIEB), and the Green Hydrogen Coalition (GHC) today announced the launch of the Western Green Hydrogen Initiative (WGHI) with the support of Mitsubishi Power.
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WGHI is a public-private partnership to assist interested states and partners in advancing and accelerating deployment of green hydrogen infrastructure in the Western region for the benefit of the region’s economy and environment. The initiative will include engagement of interested Western states and two Canadian provinces. The WGHI will serve as the steering committee to assist in the development of a regional green hydrogen strategy, including the development of large-scale, long-duration green-hydrogen-based renewable energy storage.
Green hydrogen is a domestically produced, carbon-free resource that can increase the West’s energy reliability and independence, and create and repurpose jobs. Green hydrogen can help avoid uneconomic grid buildout, prevent renewable curtailment, repurpose existing infrastructure, reduce greenhouse gases and air pollution, reduce agricultural and municipal waste, and diversify fuels for multiple sectors from steel production to aviation. Until now, green hydrogen development in the West has been minimal. However, falling costs and increased deployment of variable renewable energy generation has spurred interest in green hydrogen from diverse stakeholders including investors, utilities and environmentalists. To enable investments at scale, green hydrogen must be compensated for the many benefits it provides.
“States have a critical role in creating market guidance that allows green hydrogen to be appropriately valued for its many benefits. Through the WGHI, interested Western states will be assisted in building the market fundamentals required for greater investment and …