State of the State 2022: Hochul eyes NY clean hydrogen hub in Auburn, other cities

January 6, 2022

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s 2022 legislative agenda includes the pursuit of a federal clean hydrogen hub in New York with regional locations across the state, including Auburn.

The federal infrastructure legislation signed by President Joe Biden in November sets aside the funding for the creation of four clean hydrogen hubs. According to the law, the energy secretary will solicit proposals for the hubs and set a deadline for submissions. Within one year, at least four hubs will be selected.

In New York, Hochul’s clean hydrogen hub proposal would feature regional locations across the state, including sites in Albany, Auburn, Buffalo and New York City. In addition to the federal funding available, a minimum of $1 billion in non-federal private and public monies will be invested in the research centers.

Hochul made clean hydrogen a focal point of her State of the State agenda. She wants the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the state Department of Public Service and NYSERDA to develop clean hydrogen regulations. She also supports the establishment of green hydrogen microgrids, which could serve as backup electricity sources during power outages.

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