New York State’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act) enacts the most aggressive climate targets in the United States: 40 percent greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions below 1990 levels by 2030, a carbon free electricity system by 2040, and an 85 percent reduction in GHG below 1990 levels by 2050. Under the Climate Act, the State must also support a just transition and ensure that at least 35 percent of the benefits of clean energy investments go to disadvantaged communities with a goal of 40 percent.
As New York transitions to a clean energy economy, we are seeking to understand and explore all resources that may be available as part of the State’s comprehensive decarbonization strategy, including assessing the role of green hydrogen. Supporting innovation and studying all technologies will enable us to remain on the cutting edge of evolving solutions that will complement our existing decarbonization efforts in achieving the State’s ambitious Climate Act goals.
Core principles for examining the role that hydrogen may play in decarbonizing segments of New York’s economy include:
- Compliance of hydrogen solutions with the Climate Act
- No pre-conceived solutions
- Incorporation of the needs of frontline communities
- Policy options grounded in reality with an understanding of the current state of technology readiness, and acknowledge where additional innovation must occur in order for a solution to be viable; and
- Meaningful stakeholder engagement with opportunities for input throughout this discovery.
This web page will serve as a landing point identifying analyses underway, linking to results, and providing opportunities for stakeholders to stay engaged.
Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub
On August 25, 2022, Governor Hochul announced that Maine and Rhode Island have signed on to a New York-led multistate agreement – joining with the States of Connecticut, New Jersey, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts – to develop a proposal to become one of at least four regional clean hydrogen hub designated through the federal Clean Hydrogen Hubs program included in the federal 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).
The coalition of six states and now more than 60 clean hydrogen ecosystem partners are laying the groundwork to develop a proposal for a United States Department of Energy (DOE) funding opportunity anticipated to be announced in September or October, with up to $8 billion in total funding available.
These partners have committed to collaborate with NYSERDA, New York Power Authority (NYPA), and Empire State Development (ESD) on proposal development to advance clean hydrogen projects throughout the region in alignment with each state’s ambitious climate and clean energy goals, including a critical focus on climate and environmental justice.
See more details of the announcement.
See the previous March 2022 Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub announcement.
Hydrogen Strategy Study with National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
In conjunction with NREL, NYSERDA is undertaking a hydrogen strategy study to better understand potential opportunities for hydrogen in New York State’s decarbonization strategy, with a focus on:
- Compiling and analyzing foundational and baseline information and data
- Identifying priority applications for hydrogen, including hard-to-electrify sectors
- Evaluating opportunities for hydrogen production, storage, transport, end-use, cost projections, and other key considerations.
Policy and Economic Development Studies
NYSERDA is in the process of commissioning a market analysis study to examine the potential hydrogen economic development opportunities that could accrue in New York State, and any potential policy options that would provide the medium and long-term certainty necessary to foster Hydrogen development in New York.
Stakeholder Engagement & Events
Since fall 2020, NYSERDA has convened a series of meetings, listening sessions, and direct discussions with individuals and groups across the stakeholder landscape to better understand diverse perspectives on hydrogen in New York and the Northeast region.
As a continuation of this robust engagement, NYSERDA has commenced a series of events – entitled “Hydrogen in NYS: State of the Science” – to provide a forum where interested participants can engage and learn from balanced discussions on a variety of critical hydrogen topics.
Please stay tuned for additional information regarding upcoming events in this series!
Recordings and materials from previous events are available under the ‘Resources and Recordings’ tab.
Learning from Federal and Global Partners
NYSERDA will continue to learn from the significant hydrogen activities and efforts underway by federal and global partners and jurisdictions, including:
- U.S. Department of Energy
- Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy, and Utilities: NYSERDA has expanded its Memorandum of Understanding with the Danish Ministry to include green hydrogen, furthering our collaboration on innovative technologies and strategies for decarbonization.
- Additional: NYSERDA will continue engaging and learning from global leaders who have identified hydrogen as a key strategy for achieving climate and decarbonization targets, including the United Kingdom, Germany, South Korea, Japan, Australia, and others.
Long-Duration Energy Storage
NYSERDA is supporting innovation in long-duration energy storage technologies – which may include hydrogen solutions – in order to encourage grid flexibility, system reliability, and renewable optimization.
Center for Hydrogen Safety
NYSERDA joined the Center for Hydrogen Safety (Center) to ensure that New Yorkers will benefit from the latest in hydrogen safety and best practices. The Center is a community of over 75 government, industry, and research participants, working to ensure safety across the industry through research, technical conferences, and convening of an expert Hydrogen Safety Panel for project safety reviews.
HyBlend Collaborative Research Partnership
The HyBlend Collaborative Research Partnership (Partnership) is a coalition of National Laboratories, universities, and industry researchers working to understand the safety and feasibility of integrating hydrogen into existing gas infrastructure. Findings from the Partnership will allow NYSERDA and partner agencies to better assess the future of existing infrastructure in New York’s decarbonization strategy.
Resources & Recordings
‘Hydrogen in NYS: State of the Science’ Programming
In May 2022, NYSERDA commenced a series of events intended to provide a forum where interested participants can engage and learn from balanced discussions on the varying priorities, questions, and concerns related to hydrogen opportunities in New York and the Northeast region.
Descriptions, recordings, and materials for events in this series are made available below:
May 31, 2022
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
NYSERDA convened this half-day educational webinar as a springboard for its ongoing ‘Hydrogen in NYS: State of the Science” programming series. This foundational event aimed to provide stakeholders with a level-setting opportunity to discuss many of the key topics and considerations shaping the discourse around hydrogen in New York.
Sessions and topics covered included:
- Introduction to Hydrogen (H2)
- H2 in NYS: Supporting Analyses and Activities
- Climate & Environmental Justice Considerations
- H2 Primer Sessions: Production Pathways, Electrolyzers & Fuel Cells, Storage & Delivery, and Safety Considerations
Presentation Slides [PDF]