Included within the strategy is an incentive system which can provide up to A$3bn ($2.2bn) to support businesses looking to transition away from fossil fuel power to hydrogen.

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This could significantly support the growth of the clean energy sector in NSW with the region already placing a major emphasis on developing hydrogen with hubs being created in Illawarra and the Hunter with a A$70m ($51bn) pledge.

Outlined within the strategy, the NSW Government believes it will help achieve several key targets which will support the Australian National Hydrogen Strategy.

This includes reducing the cost of green hydrogen by A$5.80 ($4.26) per kg in the next decade, supporting the target of delivering 110,000 tonnes of green hydrogen by 2030 whilst also providing a means of decarbonising hard-to-abate transport, industrial and energy sectors.

The strategy also provides a 90% exemption from electricity network charges for green hydrogen producers who connect to parts of the network with spare capacity, as well as incentives for green hydrogen production, and a hydrogen refuelling station network that will be rolled out across the State.

Premier Dominic Perrottet of the New South Wales Government, said, “Australia has an opportunity to be an energy superpower, New South Wales will lead the country with this hydrogen strategy.

“Our major trading partners see hydrogen as part of their energy future, this state has the skills, infrastructure and renewable energy resources to compete globally in this new industry.”

Matt Kean, Treasurer and Energy Minister of New South Wales, said, “This strategy is forecast to more than halve the cost of green hydrogen production in NSW and will make NSW the best place to invest in hydrogen in the world.”

You can read the full strategy here.

Industry reacts

The reaction from the hydrogen industry has also been positive with many citing the significant investment in hydrogen as an opportunity to grow the clean energy sector.

Dr. Fiona Simon, CEO of the Australian Hydrogen Council, said, “Setting aside A$3bn to support the scale up of our hydrogen industry is a leap in the right direction, a clear demonstration to us that the New South Wales Government is serious about meeting its net zero commitments and the role of hydrogen to get there.

“Australia has enormous opportunity to lead the world in the production, use and export of hydrogen and the NSW Government has demonstrated the leadership needed to drive the creation of the clean hydrogen industry.”

Andrew Horvath, Global Chairman of Star Scientific, said, “Coming off the back of earlier announcements such as the gazettal of the Hunter and Central Coast as a Renewable Energy Zone, and programs that encourage heavy industry to use green hydrogen to decarbonise, I can say from direct experience that the eyes of the world are on the region.

“Money aside, the clever approach of driving the demand-side uses of hydrogen for heavy industry is why the world is sitting up and taking notice.”

Alan Yu, CEO and Executive Director of LAVO, said, “This is a game changing strategy for New South Wales that will accelerate the development of a local hydrogen industry.

“Some of the brightest minds in the country are already working on hydrogen technology developments right here in Sydney, and we’re looking forward to continuing to grow our business and our industry, leveraging the opportunities provided through this strategy.”

US DOE, General Motors, Microsoft and Plug Power

What does the US Department of Energy (DOE), General Motors, Microsoft and Plug Power have in common? They’re all speaking at H2 View’s North American Virtual Hydrogen Event in October. Will you be joining us on October 19?

North America is in a prime position to lead efforts in decarbonisation, but it still has great distances to travel. The region has been giving chase in a race to green hydrogen dominated by Europe and Asia-Pacific. If policymakers and industry can work together and take the right steps to realise a hydrogen vision, the region is perfectly placed to expand its global energy leadership at scale and speed.

What lessons can be learned from Europe’s policymakers? What are the challenges to be overcome? What are the strengths and opportunities? How can North America go from giving chase to taking a lead in hydrogen? These are all questions our virtual event will address across H2 View’s four pillars of Mobility, Power, Policy and Technology.

Further information on the event, agenda and confirmed speakers can be found here.

To book your virtual delegate pass, click here.