The Future of Clean Hydrogen in New Jersey
The State of New Jersey is committed to dramatically reducing its greenhouse gas emissions while transitioning to a clean energy economy. State action is guided by a series of greenhouse gas reduction targets; 50% greenhouse gas reduction by 2030, and an 80% greenhouse gas reduction by 2050. While ambition is a necessary component of tackling climate change, it alone is not sufficient to achieve deep decarbonization of the economy. Achieving this goal will require supporting research, invention, and innovation, to ensure widescale adoption of clean energy technologies.
Hydrogen energy is one such technology that has the power to slash emissions and accelerate the growth of the clean energy economy. It has the potential to decarbonize multiple economic sectors, including heavy-duty transportation, industrial manufacturing, and electric generation. Beyond greenhouse gas reductions, hydrogen systems have the potential to provide resilient and reliable peak demand and backup power; improve air quality particularly in the state’s overburdened communities; and create new jobs, paving the way for a just transition.
Northeast Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub
On March 24, 2022, Governor Phil Murphy, in partnership with New York, Connecticut and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts announced a multi-state partnership to collaborate on a proposal to become one of the Northeast Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs designated through the federal Clean Hydrogen Hubs program, administered by the U.S. Department of Energy, as included in the federal 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The Northeast Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub partnership initially included 40 clean hydrogen ecosystem partners. This collaborative partnership has since expanded to include the States of Rhode Island, Maine, and over 25 additional clean hydrogen ecosystem partners.
Fuel Cell Task Force
On June 19, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy, signed into law, the creation of a Fuel Cell Task Force (P.L.2020, c.38). The Act established a Fuel Cell Task Force charged with developing a plan to increase the use of fuel cells in the State and to provide information, education, and resources for that purpose. The Task Force, spearheaded by the Board of Public Utilities, is actively developing a report that details strategies to increase the use of fuel cells in the state which will be submitted to the legislature.
In particular, the task force must:
- Serve as a resource to State departments and local governments on fuel cell issues;
- Assist in the growth of fuel cell businesses in the State;
- Increase the use of fuel cells throughout State government departments and agencies;
- Develop a strategy for the development of infrastructure to support the use of fuel cells; and,
- Provide information and educational materials to the public, government, and industry about the use and benefits of fuel cells.
- Nick Barilo; American Institute of Chemical Engineers
- Upendra Chivukula; New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
- Jamie Derose; New Jersey Department of Transportation
- David Edwards; Air Liquide
- Katrina Fritz; California Stationary Fuel Cell Collaborative
- Mohsen Jafari; Rutgers University (School of Engineering)
- Rhaman Johnson; New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
- Robert Kettig; New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
- Andrea Lubawy; Toyota
- Cecile Coronato; New Jersey Economic Development Authority
- JoAnn Milliken; New Jersey Fuel Cell Coalition
- Kevin Nedza; New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
- Sal Risalvato; New Jersey Gasoline and C-Store Association
- Sam Viavattine; New Jersey Department of Community Affairs
- Frank Wolak; FuelCell Energy