Lewis County Has Potential to Be First Hydrogen Valley in Pacific Northwest, Energy Innovation Coalition Says

September 30, 2021

On first glance, Lewis County and the northern Netherlands may not have much in common, but the newly-formed Lewis County Energy Innovation Coalition sees the potential for Lewis County to follow in the footsteps of a Dutch sustainable energy initiative to become the first hydrogen valley in the Pacific Northwest.

“What’s really interesting about hydrogen for us is you need two things for hydrogen: you need water and electricity, and we happen to have both of those … so you can actually do a distributive network of systems to deliver hydrogen in a micro level all over the county,” said Richard DeBolt, executive director of the Lewis Economic Development Council, during a presentation to the Chehalis City Council alongside Kelly Johnston of Clarity Consulting.

DeBolt and Johnston were both members of the initial five-person planning team that got together seven months ago as part of a grant project associated with the hydrogen fuel station planned for a property off of Exit 74. The goal of the grant project was to bring together stakeholders to develop and test a concept around a clean energy economic development strategy in Lewis County, with a focus on transit.

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