Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming aim to build hydrogen hub to fuel vehicles

Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming aim to build hydrogen hub to fuel vehicles.The states will cooperate to develop a regional hydrogen hub as an effort toward making clean, hydrogen-powered vehicles more sustainable. /Photo courtesy Air Liquide

By Simon Druker | UPI

Four Western states are cooperating to build multiple hydrogen hubs to spur progress toward making the gas a clean fuel source for future vehicles, officials said.

The governors of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming made the announcement on Thursday, saying that they also intend to seek billions in new federal funding to make it happen.

All four states signed a memo of understanding to develop the Western Inter-State Hydrogen Hub and supporting facilities in each state.

The federal government is making $8 billion available from the bipartisan infrastructure package to develop hydrogen hubs.

“These states are uniquely situated to become a clean hydrogen hub given the presence of high-quality wind, solar, biomass, natural gas, and other energy resources,” the office of New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said in a statement Thursday.

The Energy Department is expected to request hydrogen hub proposals sometime in May.

The four-state plan must show that the states can “successfully accelerate commercialization of, and demonstrate the production, processing, delivery, storage and the end-use of clean hydrogen.”

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