Retired New Mexico coal-fired plant to be repurposed to hydrogen

April 15, 2021

A retired coal-fired power plant (CFPP) in Prewitt, New Mexico is set to be converted to produce blue and green hydrogen by a new technology collaboration, Escalante H2 Power.

Formed by Newpoint Gas and Brooks Energy, Escalante H2 Power has signed a letter of intent to purchase Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association’s now retired 253MW Escalante Generating Station in Prewitt, New Mexico and convert it to produce blue and green hydrogen.

The company states this will be the world’s first conversion from a large-scale CFPP to a large-scale blue/green hydrogen fired zero emission power plant.

The benefits of upcycling a retired generation station include generating net zero emissions dispatchable power, providing employment opportunities in cutting-edge hydrogen energy technology and also the ability to supply commercial-scale clean, fresh water which is produced from the combustion of hydrogen.

Robert Price, President of Brooks Energy, said, “The Escalante Hydrogen Project is thoroughly designed with the goals to provide clean reliable power and an additional focus on empowering local New Mexico communities.

“With our experience in carbon sequestration and geology, we look forward to developing this project.”

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