The establishment is part of the state’s plans to decarbonise and become a key area for green hydrogen in the US following the US Secretary of Energy’s plans to create several hubs with federal funding.
Kentucky’s abundance of natural resources and low-cost energy provides the state with a platform to become a key hydrogen hub with great prospects to scale the renewable sector in the US.
Its geographical situation would also enable the state to be a key supplier of hydrogen in the East of the US whilst also expanding its network to cover more regions.
Rebecca Goodman, Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary for Kentucky, said, “We believe because of our low-cost energy, abundant natural resources, and leadership in energy issues, Kentucky is one of the best candidates to be a hydrogen hub.
“We appreciate LG&E and KU’s efforts to support this important clean energy initiative.”
Lonnie Bellar, Chief Operating Officer at LG&E and KU, said, “Joining the cabinet and others across Kentucky to help promote hydrogen is a natural fit for our companies.
“In conjunction with our parent company, PPL, our goal is to reach net zero by 2050, and we know this will not be easy. Research is going to be key to making this goal a reality.”
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