New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming submit joint hydrogen hub bid

As the race for hydrogen hub status intensifies, The Western Interstate Hydrogen Hub (WIH2) has submitted an application for a $1.25bn grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to advance the hydrogen economy in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

WIH2’s H2Hub proposal identifies eight projects across the four states, with at least one project in each state, and will generate more than 26,000 jobs, including approximately 7,000 construction-related jobs. Spanning 408,000 square miles, the quartet produce approximately one-sixth of the nation’s energy. The projects identified are:

• AVANGRID, which will leverage its experience in renewables to produce hydrogen in New Mexico (Navajo Nation in San Juan County and in Torrance County).
• AVF Energy will produce renewable natural gas/clean hydrogen from biomass harvested as part of fire mitigation and environmental restoration in Utah (Duchesne, Iron and Sevier counties).
• Dominion Energy Utah’s ThermH2 project blends hydrogen into a high-pressure natural gas system in Utah (Juab and Utah counties).
• Libertad Power will produce clean hydrogen in New Mexico to serve off-takers across the Southwest in heavy haul transportation and power generation/storage (San Juan and Lea counties).
• Navajo Agricultural Product Industries (NAPI), a 275,000-acre Navajo Nation-owned commercial farm is seeking to become energy self-sufficient and raise produce in greenhouses for the
benefit of Tribal members in the Navajo Nation and San Juan County, New Mexico.
• Tallgrass Energy will produce clean hydrogen serving the power, transportation, and other industrial markets through its eH2Power project in New Mexico and Front Range Hydrogen project in Colorado and Wyoming.
• Xcel Energy Colorado will produce hydrogen on the eastern plains of Colorado using wind and solar and will support hydrogen use in the electric sector and hard to decarbonise segments of the economy.

In February 2022, governors from the four states signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create the Western Inter-State Hydrogen Hub (WISHH) coalition to coordinate and develop a regional clean hydrogen hub.

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