Roadmap lays out path to renewable hydrogen growth in the Pacific Northwest


The Center for Sustainable Infrastructure (CSI) and the Renewable Hydrogen Alliance released what they are calling the Pacific Northwest Renewable Hydrogen Action Plan, which offers an agenda for policy, projects, and research to scale up renewable hydrogen production and use in the region.

The plan offers a set of actions aimed at putting the Northwest on a path to build a renewable hydrogen production sector.

The plan makes two calls to action. First, it calls to “lead with projects” that produce renewable hydrogen and deliver it to customers. Second, it calls for creation of a 10-year roadmap to lay out renewable hydrogen’s future role and steps to get there.

The organizations involved in developing the plan said they are already taking action to advance renewable hydrogen’s deployment. For example:

  • Truck-maker PACCAR is producing a limited number of hydrogen-powered semi-trucks in partnership with Toyota as a research and development project.
  • Douglas Public Utility District in Washington is installing a 5 MW electrolyzer that will use surplus hydroelectricity to power one of the region’s first major renewable hydrogen production facilities.
  • Mitsubishi Power Systems and Puget Sound Energy recently announced an agreement to collaborate on renewable hydrogen production, storage and pipeline facilities within PSE’s service area.

The full report can be accessed here.

The Renewable Hydrogen Alliance is a 501(c)(6) membership organization based in Portland, Oregon. It advocates for using renewable electricity to produce climate-neutral hydrogen to supplant fossil fuel consumption across multiple economic sectors.

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