C-Zero CTO Eric McFarland attended a "Business Leaders in Hydrogen Roundtable" event in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Thursday, March 10th. The event was attended by more than 50 political, industry and tribal leaders in the hydrogen space. Hydrogen production, distribution and greater deployment strategies in New Mexico were discussed.
Following the roundtable Governor Lujan Grisham signed executive order 2022-013, “Establishing the Clean Hydrogen Development Initiative and Implementing Various Measures to Foster a Hydrogen Economy for the Benefit of All New Mexicans.”
"The executive order directs the Council to assist the Western Inter-State Hydrogen Hub in developing the application to the Department of Energy and make recommendations to the governor on additional clean hydrogen initiatives and policies.
The executive order also directs:
The Economic Development Department to include hydrogen as one of its key economic sectors and support the development of clean and zero-carbon hydrogen production;
The Environment and Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources departments to develop a proposal for consideration by the Public Regulation Commission to ensure that no-carbon hydrogen electric generation facilities are eligible as “zero carbon resources” under the Energy Transition Act;
The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department to develop recommendations regarding carbon sequestration operations in New Mexico, including around pore space ownership and development and financial assurance requirements; and
The Indian Affairs Department to facilitate consultations between New Mexico Indian, tribes, nations and pueblos and state agencies on potential programs to support the development of environmentally responsible hydrogen development.
“New Mexico is rich in energy resources and providing real leadership in moving to a hydrogen-based economy. Technologies such as CZero's, which decarbonizes natural gas to produce CO2-free hydrogen, can help catalyze economic development and set New Mexico apart by reducing emissions during the energy transition,” said Dr. Eric McFarland, CTO of CZero.
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