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Clean Hydrogen and Grid Reliability

Clean Hydrogen and Grid Reliability

Full Title: Clean Hydrogen and Grid Reliability: Overview of Potential Use Cases and Considerations for States
Author(s): Green Hydrogen Coalition
Publisher(s): Green Hydrogen Coalition
Publication Date: June 1, 2024
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Description (excerpt):

As states strive to reduce emissions while ensuring a reliable and resilient electric sector, clean hydrogen has emerged as a potential solution, particularly in applications such as long-duration energy storage (LDES) and microgrids. With the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) playing pivotal roles in stimulating investment in scaled hydrogen production and use across the United States, states have a plethora of use cases to consider for clean hydrogen. The IIJA allocates funds specifically for creating regional clean hydrogen hubs and enhancing hydrogen production, processing, delivery, and end-use. Complementarily, the IRA offers tax credits for clean hydrogen production, making projects more financially viable. Together, these Acts are foundational in fostering a national network of hydrogen hubs and supporting the transition to a lower-carbon energy system.

This issue brief offers an overview of the benefits and challenges associated with clean hydrogen for two specific electric sector use cases—LDES and microgrids—with the aim of aiding state leaders in evaluating clean hydrogen initiatives as part of their statewide planning efforts. It is important to clarify that this brief does not perform a cost-benefit analysis of clean hydrogen and its alternatives; rather, it focuses on elucidating key use cases of clean hydrogen for informed consideration.

All statements and/or propositions in discussion prompts are meant exclusively to stimulate discussion and do not represent the views of, its Partners, Topic Directors or Experts, nor of any individual or organization. Comments by and opinions of Expert participants are their own.

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