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House committee hearing examines hydrogen hub

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The Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee recently held a hearing in Pittsburgh titled Developing a Hydrogen Hub.

The purpose of the hearing was to examine the advantages and obstacles of developing a hydrogen hub in Pennsylvania. Leaders representing industry, labor and environmental organizations testified.

“A hydrogen hub is a group of assets that integrates a number of hydrogen-based energy services,” said Michael Ducker, senior vice president of hydrogen infrastructure at Mitsubishi Power. “These services, coupled with high-volume storage, match supply and demand from a variety of surrounding industries. This region is an optimal location in the United States for the establishment of a hydrogen hub.

Christopher J. Masciantonio, director of government affairs and public policy for US Steel, said the General Assembly needs to pass legislation and work with state agencies to support regional decarbonization and that Pennsylvania needs a statutory framework to enable the large-scale deployment of carbon management. projects.

“US Steel is stepping up its efforts to become an industry leader in low-carbon production methods,” Masciantonio said. “We have made progress towards our 2030 goal of reducing our global greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 20%, and in April 2021 we announced an ambitious goal to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.”