Maine and Rhode island have joined a New York-led multi-sate agreement to develop a proposal for a regional clean hydrogen hub.
The coalition of six states and more than 60 clean hydrogen partners are laying the groundwork for a proposal for the US Department of Energy (DOE) funding opportunity expected to be announced later this year with up to $8 billion (£6.8bn) in total funding available.
The two states also join Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey to become one of at least four regional clean hydrogen hubs through the government’s programme.
Consortium partners have committed to collaborate with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Empire State Development (ESD) on proposal development to advance clean hydrogen projects.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul said: “New York is pleased to welcome Maine and Rhode Island to this diverse and dynamic group of partners as we continue our work to develop and implement a vision for a regional clean hydrogen hub that advances our shared climate goal.
“Building a robust and connected clean hydrogen market across the northeast will provide a game-changing clean energy alternative that will transform our ability to meet our shared climate goals while advancing 21st century innovation and stimulating strong economic growth throughout the region.”