Maine, Rhode Island join New York-led coalition on hydrogen hub bid
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New York governor Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced that Maine and Rhode Island have joined a big consortium led by New York that is working on a proposal to become one of at least four regional clean hydrogen hubs planned in the US.
Up to USD 8 billion (EUR 8bn) of funding, earmarked for these hubs in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, is expected to be launched by the Department of Energy in September or October.
The consortium now includes six states, with Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey also taking part, as well as more than 60 clean hydrogen ecosystem partners. New partners include names such as EDP Renewables North America, Equinor and Hyzon Motors Inc.
Overall, there are now 14 private sector industry players, 12 utilities, 20 hydrogen technology original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), 10 universities, seven non-profits, six states, two transportation companies and three state agencies in the coalition that was first announced in March.
"Building a robust and connected clean hydrogen market across the northeast will provide a game-changing clean energy alternative that will transform our ability to meet our shared climate goals while advancing 21st century innovation and stimulating strong economic growth throughout the region," said Hochul.