New York on Thursday (March 24) signed a multi-state agreement with 40 hydrogen ecosystem partners to develop a proposal for its ambitions as it looks to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 85% by 2050.

The New York-led consortium also includes Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey.

With this, it is hoped New York will become one of at least four regional clean energy hydrogen hubs designated through the federal Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs programme included in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

By being a hydrogen hub, it is hoped New York will be able to connect the entire value chain of hydrogen producers, users, technology and equipment manufacturers, and the research and development community including national labs and universities.

On its desires, Governor Hochul said, “New York is proud to lead the way in forming bold partnerships to combat the existential threat of climate change. Expanding the hydrogen market is critical to New York’s aggressive pursuit of clean-energy alternatives that will supercharge our economy and advance our climate goals.

“Coalitions like this one serve as a model to the nation on the collaboration that is required to meet this moment and bring us closer to a carbon-neutral future, and I thank Governors Lamont, Baker and Murphy for their partnership.”

Consortium partners have committed to collaborate with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the New York Power Authority, and the Empire State Development Corporation on proposal development to advance hydrogen projects.

Partnering states will also coordinate with their respective state entities to help align the consortium’s efforts with each state’s climate and clean energy goals.

Future consortium partners may include utilities, electrolyser suppliers, fuel cell solution providers, transportation, fuelling infrastructure and industrial partners, government agencies, community organisations, institutes of higher education, community colleges, vocational schools and non-profit organisations.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, said, “Connecticut has long been a leader in addressing the climate crisis and in researching and developing innovative technologies, and this exciting partnership unites both of those key leadership areas.

“We’re proud to share a commitment to climate leadership, fuel cell innovation, and clean energy jobs with our neighbouring states, which will position us competitively to bring federal investment in clean hydrogen to our region.”

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, added, “The urgency of climate change and the implementation of our net-zero by 2050 strategy requires a comprehensive approach, which includes the research and deployment of technologies that will allow more cost-effective clean energy in the future.

“Today’s announcement is a critical step for regional collaboration in integrating this clean energy resource into our existing climate strategy, and Massachusetts looks forward to working with our state partners on this initiative.”

North American Hydrogen Summit  

H2 View is taking its events platform to America’s original clean hydrogen hub of California. Together with the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), we will stage our North American Hydrogen Summit in San Francisco on July 14-15.  

As our summit theme Building Bridges: Hydrogen hubs and investment suggests, the event will explore the $8bn of funding announced to create at least four regional hydrogen hubs in the US. These hubs will turbo-charge the nation’s progress toward heavy trucking and industrial sectors that run without producing carbon pollution – and they may just provide the path forward to a hydrogen-fuelled future.  

With California and Texas vying to be America’s hydrogen capital today, where are the hubs of tomorrow? Further still, what can other states, and countries, learn from California’s success story? And how can we build bridges to a successful flow of international investment?  

Our early bird offer tickets are $1,000, for a limited time only. If you are a member of the CaFCP, be sure to grab your ticket at a discounted rate with a code that can be provided to you by the events team. 

Full information about this event including attendance and sponsorship packages can be found here.