An Auburn steel producer is among the partners involved in a proposal to establish a designated clean hydrogen hub in New York.
New York is seeking a designation from the U.S. Department of Energy to establish a clean hydrogen hub, Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Thursday, March 24. The $8 billion program is part of the federal infrastructure package- signed into law by President Joe Biden in fall 2021- to create a multi-state clean hydrogen hub in the Northeast. Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey are also seeking the designation, according to The Citizen.
The Department of Energy will select four sites at minimum to act as research and development centers. Nucor, a steel production company in Auburn, is one of New York’s private sector partners in the proposed clean hydrogen hub. It is not known what Nucor’s role would be in the hub.
“New York is proud to lead the way in forming bold partnerships to combat the existential threat of climate change,” said Hochul, according to a press release. “Expanding the hydrogen market is critical to New York’s aggressive pursuit of clean-energy alternatives that will supercharge our economy and advance our climate goals. Coalitions like this one serve as a model to the nation on the collaboration that is required to meet this moment and bring us closer to a carbon-neutral future, and I thank Governors Lamont, Baker and Murphy for their partnership.”
New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey will work together to finalize a joint proposal ahead of the Department of Energy’s funding availability announcement in May 2022.
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