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 Hydrogen Hub
On March 24, 2022, Governor Hochul announced a New York-led multi-state agreement including Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and an initial 40 hydrogen ecosystem partners to develop a proposal to become one of at least four regional clean hydrogen hubs designated through the federal Clean Hydrogen Hubs program included in the federal 2021 bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).
NYSERDA, in collaboration with the New York Power Authority and Empire State Development, will lead a consortium of partners representing the entire value chain of hydrogen producers, users, technology manufacturers, utilities, the research community, and labor representatives. In the coming weeks and months, NYSERDA will continue to grow this collaborative partnership, as we look to involve key stakeholders including additional infrastructure partners; non-profit, community-based, and environmental justice organizations; and state and local governments.
See more details of the 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.
Since fall 2020, NYSERDA has convened a series of workshops, listening sessions, and direct discussions with individuals and groups across the stakeholder landscape to better understand stakeholder interests and priorities around hydrogen in New York.
NYSERDA will look to continue this robust engagement in 2022 by convening a multistakeholder State of the Science Workshop. This workshop, and any resulting engagement activities, are intended to provide a statewide forum for discussion, collaboration, and learning around hydrogen in New York State. Please stay tuned for additional information regarding this and future engagement activities.
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.