- Report highlights potential for hydrogen in Oklahoma’s energy mix
The Hydrogen Production, Transportation, and Infrastructure Task Force (OK H2 Task Force) recently released its report detailing Oklahoma’s strong potential in the emerging form of energy.
The report lays out a vision of how to focus efforts for the economic development of hydrogen as a fuel source for transportation, industrial, commercial, and residential use, as well as for power generation and export.
“Oklahoma has a rich history of energy innovation and I am pleased this report provides opportunities for our state to continue leading the way as the global market explores new forms of energy,” said Gov. Kevin Stitt. “Oklahoma’s all-of-the-above energy strategy has positioned us well for the future as this industry continues to evolve.”
Hydrogen has been identified globally as a viable solution for various energy applications focusing on a low-carbon future, and Oklahoma is uniquely positioned at the intersection of economical renewable energy, plentiful water resources, energy transportation infrastructure, and energy export capabilities. Additionally, Oklahoma has large quantities of dependable natural gas resources to assure around-the-clock hydrogen production, and extensive geological formations for underground hydrogen storage and carbon sequestration.
The OK H2 Task Force was created by Senate Bill 1021 to develop recommendations for Oklahoma’s opportunities in the production, transportation, storage, and use of hydrogen, including recommended financial incentives, taxation considerations and fiscal impacts related to the creation of a hydrogen ecosystem in Oklahoma and across the region. Pursuant to statute, copies of the report were delivered to the Governor’s Office, President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The task force is chaired by Secretary of Energy and Environment Kenneth Wagner and co-chaired by Sen. Kim David (R-Porter) and Rep. Mark McBride (R-Moore) and includes legislators, state agency officials and representatives from state universities.
“The financial impact and job creation associated with the development of the Oklahoma Hydrogen Economy has the potential to add 6,400 jobs to our state with financial impacts ranging from $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion,” said Wagner. “The task force received assistance from energy industry representatives, research institutions, manufacturers, policy makers, environmental groups, potential investors, and other interested parties throughout this process and the vast stakeholder insight has been incredibly valuable to our report.”
Oklahoma’s world class research universities, in partnership with industry, policy makers, national laboratories, and federal departments can lead the way in our nation’s efforts to continue our long history of energy diversity, resilience and independence.