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Hydrogen has been discussed in the energy world for decades as potentially being a transformative resource for decarbonization. The federal government has recently made drastic moves to incent hydrogen production, delivery, storage, and use through the Department of Energy’s “Hydrogen Shot” initiative to reduce the cost of clean hydrogen by 80% in the next decade, the $8 billion hydrogen hub initiative included in last year’s bipartisan infrastructure law, and the recent Inflation Reduction Act.
Maine recently joined a multi-state Northeast consortium to explore funding opportunities through the Department of Energy’s Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs initiative. Will Maine seize the federal opportunity to effectively integrate hydrogen as an energy resource? In particular, given Maine’s unique energy challenges and opportunities---namely high and volatile energy prices, large industrial and Maritimes sectors, a highly dispersed population, and abundant renewable energy potential---can it utilize hydrogen to decarbonize industry and transportation, store excess renewable electricity for use at times of high electricity demand, and even export hydrogen for use across the region and in Europe?
Find out what experts think, what they see as viable hydrogen pathways in Maine, and what interesting uses hydrogen has in Maine today.
Katherine Birnie, Senior Manager, H2 Project Development, Peaks Renewables
Dr. Jack Brouwer, Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, and Director, National Fuel Cell Research Center, UC Irvine
Jessica Mahler, Engineering Director, Bloom Energy
Caroline Colan, Solar and Storage Fellow, Maine Governor’s Energy Office
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Maine has ambitious climate policy goals, greenhouse gas reduction targets and clean energy transition plans. There are many action items underway within the State through the Maine Climate Council, the Maine Public Utilities Commission and other efforts. At the same time, other states in the region are engaged in similar processes.
In this forum, E2Tech looks to programs the in New England region and in New York to determine how other states are tackling this challenge.
- What are other states and regions doing that we can learn from?
- What is working and what is not working?
Speakers (panel in formation):
Sheila Keane, Director of Analysis, The New England States Committee on Electricity
Jamie Dickerson, Chief of Staff, NYSERDA
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