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Hydrogen stuck in regulatory limbo after permitting bill fails

Right now, no one agency is tasked with regulating pipelines and other hydrogen infrastructure. Experts say that could pose a problem after the nascent technology turns into big business.

By: Brian Dabbs / National Journal

 

A major legislative overhaul of infrastructure-permitting rules is now on ice after the chief architect of the deal, Sen. Joe Manchin, failed to amass enough votes to stick it on the stopgap funding bill moving through the Senate.

That language could clarify federal regulation of hydrogen and give developers more certainty that their projects will ultimately operate.

“There is uncertainty around hydrogen from a regulatory standpoint, not from a science or engineering standpoint,” Zane Rhodes, president of Newpoint Gas, told National Journal. “Anyone who wants to put in a hydrogen pipeline needs to know under what regulatory framework it can be licensed.”

On Wednesday, Newpoint Gas announced the formation of a new business venture, Trillium H2 Power, that will produce hydrogen to power its ammonia and silicon production at a former Energy Department facility near Columbus, Ohio. Rhodes expects the new venture to produce several thousand construction jobs and at least 250 long-term positions.

Some power-sector representatives are also backing the hydrogen-permitting language in the Manchin bill.

On Capitol Hill, lawmakers are preparing to depart Washington after passing the stopgap funding measure. And despite the failure to move permitting reform this week, members on both sides of the aisle are aiming to negotiate a new permitting bill to tack onto another must-pass bill this year.

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Newpoint Gas Establishes Trillium H2 Power, LLC to be based in Columbus, Extends Property Agreements to Include 250 Acres in Pike County

 

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Contact: Daniel van Hoogstraten, [email protected]

 

COLUMBUS, OH – Newpoint Gas today announced it has established Trillium H2 Power, LLC (tH2), which will be headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. The entity will own and operate clean hydrogen energy production and sustainable manufacturing facilities. tH2’s initial project and “the hub” for all future development will be identified as the h2Trillium Energy and Manufacturing (h2TEAM). The Complex will be located adjacent to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PORTS) site in Southeast Ohio.

 

In addition to establishing tH2, Newpoint has completed their exclusive and right of first refusal property agreements with the Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative (SODI), expanding the acreage commitment from 80 to 250 acres. tHwill be purchasing clean and remediated parcels formerly owned by DOE that have been deeded to SODI. SODI is the DOE-designated community reuse organization for the PORTS site.

 

“Finalizing the SODI property agreement for 250 acres which is required for the full development of the h2TEAM Complex was the final task that we needed to complete so that we could launch efforts to secure investment and financing of the project” said Wiley Rhodes, CEO of Newpoint Gas. “With the land deal finalized, Mike Knisley of Ohio State Building and Construction Trades Council scheduled some very productive meetings for us with the DOE Loan Program Office and a private investment group in DC. We are now engaged with both organizations regarding assisting in development of the SE Ohio project.”

 

“Organized labor is working to ensure the PORTS reindustrialization creates good-paying union jobs and is transformative in a region that has been left behind for too long,” said Mike Knisley, Secretary Treasurer, Ohio State Building and Construction Trades Council. “We are showing how organized labor, private industry, and community leaders can come together to make a large-scale, job-creating project in the 21st-century economy a reality.”

 

Newpoint is working with local, state, and federal leadership to establish a regional hydrogen hub. Newpoint and its h2TEAM partners are evaluating the recently released $8 billion DOE H2Hubs Initiative funding opportunity announcement as a possible resource for these efforts.

 

“In tandem with SODI, Ohio University is proud to have been a partner in developing the vision and leading the efforts to reindustrialize the PORTS site since 2010,” said Stephanie Howe, Director of Energy Programs at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service. “After more than a decade of work and collaboration, the project will become a reality – creating endurable jobs in the new energy and sustainable manufacturing economy for the region for decades to come.”

 

h2TEAM represents a generational opportunity to reinvigorate communities that have been left behind as energy production and manufacturing shifted over the last several decades.” said Steve Shepherd, Executive Director of SODI“By reindustrializing the former PORTS facility, we will be a nation-leading example – right here in Southern Ohio – of transforming a federal liability into a taxpayer asset that increases economic stability in struggling areas.”

 

Newpoint Gas was introduced to the project in 2020, and the h2TEAM project builds on more than a decade of work by Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service and SODI to plan for, develop, and pursue the redevelopment of the PORTS facility. In addition to Newpoint Gas, SODI, Ohio University, Babcock & Wilcox, and J.W. Didado, the partnership also includes organized labor leaders in Ohio and other organizations in support of the reindustrialization effort

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J.W. Didado Electric to Partner with Newpoint Gas on Advanced Hydrogen

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Generation and Carbon Sequestration Project near Piketon, Ohio

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September 08, 2022 09:10 AM Eastern Daylight Time

AKRON, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–J.W. Didado Electric announced today that it has signed a teaming
agreement with Newpoint Gas to serve as a design assist and installation partner and provide electrical
and grid services work on the redevelopment of the former U.S. Department of Energy’s Portsmouth
Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PORTS) into an advanced hydrogen generation, decarbonization and
combustion clean energy manufacturing facility near Piketon, Ohio.

The centerpiece of the h2Trillium Energy and Manufacturing (h2TEAM) Complex, the $1.5 billion project will
be an integrated energy system – closed loop manufacturing facility powered by clean hydrogen, with
carbon sequestration. At peak, in the construction phase, it will provide approximately 2,900 jobs and,
when finished, will produce clean silicon, ammonia, and power.

“We look forward to working with Newpoint and the other partners on this innovative and groundbreaking
endeavor,” said J.W. Didado President Dan Sublett. “Our parent company, Quanta Services, is an industry
leader in clean energy projects and we are excited to lend our collective expertise and abilities to such an
important project, one that will also create well-paying jobs for our union partners.”

“We appreciate the opportunity to add J.W. Didado and Quanta Services to the team developing the clean
power and manufacturing complex in Pike County,” said Wiley Rhodes, CEO of Newpoint Gas. “The
Didado family established their electrical services company in Ohio more than 60 years ago and built it
into the premier electrical contractor covering Appalachia. J.W. Didado’s ability to provide a highly skilled
union workforce and materials as well as its electrical and grid construction expertise further builds on the
foundation for this important clean energy project,” he said.

Dan Shirey, business manager of IBEW Local 575 noted, “The International Brotherhood of Electrical
Workers has been involved with the project for more than a year now, partnering with other union leaders,
industry experts, and elected officials. With union contractor J.W. Didado Electric on board, rest assured
this project will provide great union wages and benefits to those who build it and provide a much-needed
economic boost for the local communities that surround the site. Thanks to passage of the Inflation
Reduction Act, this project will become a reality and support the livelihood of union families for years to
come.”

Stephanie Howe and her team at the Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service
began working with Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative (SODI) to redevelop the DOE Portsmouth site
in 2010. Newpoint joined that effort in 2020 to help define the redevelopment and launched the initiative
in March 2022. Working with the SODI, Babcock & Wilcox, Ohio University, J.W. Didado, and other
technical partners the team intends to pursue a part of the $8 billion Department of Energy Hydrogen Hub
(H2Hubs) grant for central Appalachia. If awarded, the grant of the funds will be invested in additional
development of hydrogen production and infrastructure bringing more jobs to the region.
About J.W. Didado Electric

J.W. Didado is a full-service electrical contractor providing high-performance solutions to a variety of
commercial, industrial, and residential customer needs. The company’s readily available manpower and
equipment allow it to successfully perform on projects of any size or type. For more information,
visit http://www.jwdidado.com.

About Quanta Services
Quanta Services is a leading specialized contracting services company, delivering comprehensive
infrastructure solutions for the utility, communications, pipeline, and energy industries. Quanta’s
comprehensive services include designing, installing, repairing, and maintaining energy and
communications infrastructure. With operations throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and
select other international markets, Quanta has the manpower, resources and expertise to safely complete
projects that are local, regional, national, or international in scope. For more information,
visit www.quantaservices.com.

Contacts:
Dr. Bill Paolillo
Vice President – Strategic Alliances & Advanced Technologies
J.W. Didado Electric
330-604-0527
[email protected]

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Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises partners with Newpoint Gas for US development project

By: Bioenergy Insight

Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises (B&W) has signed a teaming agreement with gas treatment specialist Newpoint Gas to act as a foundational technology partner. It will provide advanced hydrogen generation, decarbonisation and combustion technologies for the redevelopment of the former US Department of Energy Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion plant site near Piketon in Ohio, US.

B&W will supply its “BrightLoop” technology to produce hydrogen and isolate carbon dioxide for storage and will supply a steam generator utilising the company’s “BrightGen” hydrogen combustion technology to produce clean, near-zero emissions energy.

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Babcock & Wilcox to Provide Advanced Hydrogen Generation, Combustion and Decarbonization Technologies for Clean Energy Project in Ohio

AKRON, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) (NYSE: BW) announced today that it has signed a teaming agreement with Newpoint Gas to serve as a foundational technology partner, and provide advanced hydrogen generation, decarbonization and combustion technologies for the redevelopment of the former U.S. Department of Energy Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site near Piketon, Ohio.

B&W will supply its BrightLoopTM technology to produce hydrogen and isolate carbon dioxide for storage and will supply a steam generator utilizing the company’s BrightGenTM hydrogen combustion technology to produce clean, near-zero emissions energy. Babcock & Wilcox Construction Co., LLC will provide construction and installation services.

When complete, the $1.51 billion h2Trillium Energy and Manufacturing (h2TEAM) complex will operate as an integrated energy decarbonized hydrogen and closed-loop manufacturing facility, generating clean hydrogen and capturing carbon dioxide for long-term storage or beneficial use.

“We look forward to working with Newpoint and its partners on this innovative and groundbreaking clean energy project,” said Joe Buckler, B&W Senior Vice President of Clean Energy. “B&W is a global leader in the clean energy revolution, and we’re excited to lend our expertise and game-changing technologies to the h2TEAM clean hydrogen and decarbonization project.”

“We appreciate Babcock & Wilcox and the opportunity to develop the h2TEAM project. The addition of B&W builds on the momentum for this project and sets the foundation for visionary industries to continue to come together and bring several hundred clean energy jobs to central Appalachia,” said Wiley Rhodes, CEO of Newpoint Gas. “The reindustrialization of the PORTS facility not only presents an enormous opportunity for industry, but also has a chance to be the single most impactful driver of economic growth and stability for this region in a generation.”

Newpoint launched the ATH2 Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub initiative in March 2022. B&W, Newpoint and other technical partners also intend to pursue an $8 billion Department of Energy Hydrogen Hub grant (H2Hubs) to fund the project and additional development.

B&W’s flexible BrightLoop technology is part of its ClimateBrightTM suite of clean energy technologies and can accommodate a wide range of usable feedstocks, product outputs and applications. It can convert a wide range of fuels, including natural gas, coal, petcoke, methane, biomass, biogas, and other industrial process off-gases and materials, into multiple products. The BrightLoop system is highly scalable with benefits that can be applied to a wide array of industrial processes to produce hydrogen, syngas, and steam for power, processes and heating.

B&W’s proven and reliable BrightGen hydrogen combustion technology produces no CO2 and has already been supplied to more than 60 industrial water-tube boilers firing hydrogen and hydrogen-blended fuels. BrightGen technology is applicable to new installations or can be retrofit to existing equipment to fire hydrogen efficiently and safely.

About B&W

Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc., is a global leader in energy and environmental technologies and services for the power and industrial markets. Follow us on Twitter @BabcockWilcox and learn more at www.babcock.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

B&W cautions that this release contains forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements relating to a teaming agreement with Newpoint Gas to serve as a foundational technology partner, and provide advanced hydrogen generation, decarbonization and combustion technologies for the redevelopment of the former U.S. Department of Energy Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site near Piketon, Ohio. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. For a more complete discussion of these risk factors, see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent annual report on Form 10-K. If one or more of these risks or other risks materialize, actual results may vary materially from those expressed. We caution readers not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, except to the extent required by applicable law.

Contacts

Investor Contact:
B&W Investor Relations
704.625.4944 | [email protected]

Media Contact:
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Public Relations
Babcock & Wilcox
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Newpoint Gas and Babcock & Wilcox Sign Teaming Agreement on Pike County Ohio Hydrogen Production and Sustainable Manufacturing Facility

By: The Scioto Post

PIKETON, OH – In a milestone for a major clean energy and manufacturing project that aims to reinvigorate manufacturing and the economy in central Appalachia, Newpoint Gas today announced that Akron, Ohio-based Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) (NYSE: BW) has agreed to serve as a foundational technology partner in support of Newpoint’s h2Trillium Energy and Manufacturing (h2TEAM) complex. The h2TEAM complex will serve as the anchor development project to launch a larger reindustrialization vision at the site of the U.S. Department of Energy’s former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PORTS) facility near Piketon, Ohio.

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Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative Announces Major Step Forward for Reindustrialization Project, Job Growth Efforts in the Ohio Valley

Following More than a Decade of Work and Collaboration, Agreement with Newpoint Gas Marks Milestone in Green Energy and Manufacturing Initiative


PIKETON, OH – In a significant step forward for a major reindustrialization project that aims to reinvigorate manufacturing and the economy in the Ohio Valley and Central Appalachia, the Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative (SODI) today announced that Newpoint Gas, LLC has signed a Letter of Intent for option and right of first refusal to purchase land where the project will be located.

The project – the reindustrialization of the former Portsmouth Diffusion Plant (PORTS) facility near Piketon, Ohio – will be the foundation of the Ohio Valley “Green Energy and Manufacturing” Initiative (GEM). GEM is a bipartisan, labor-focused, functioning public-private partnership that is the result of a 12-year effort to establish a transformational economic development strategy coordinated under the leadership of SODI and Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service.

“The Ohio Valley Green Energy Manufacturing Initiative represents a unique, generational opportunity to reinvigorate communities that have been left behind as energy production and manufacturing shifted over the last several decades. The agreement with Newpoint Gas is a monumental step toward realizing that reality,” said Steve Shepherd, Executive Director of SODI. “By reindustrializing the former PORTS facility, we will be a nation-leading example – right here in Southern Ohio – of transforming a federal liability into a taxpayer asset that increases economic stability in struggling areas.”

The reindustrialization will transform the former PORTS facility into a power generation facility fueled by clean hydrogen, which will facilitate an Integrated Energy System and Manufacturing complex. The complex will create an “all of the above” energy strategy for decarbonizing power generation, manufacturing, and transportation to create high-paying union jobs while combating the climate crisis in the clean energy economy.

“The reindustrialization of the PORTS facility not only presents enormous opportunity for industry, but also has the chance to be the single most impactful driver of economic growth and stability in this region in a generation,” said Wiley Rhodes, CEO of Newpoint Gas. “We are grateful for the opportunity to be involved in a project that has successfully and thoughtfully brought together such a wide array of interests, from SODI and Ohio University to organized labor and private industry.”

Based on their work in the production of clean hydrogen and power generation, Newpoint Gas was introduced to the project in 2020 and is now the GEM private anchor partner. In addition to Newpoint Gas, SODI, and Ohio University, the partnership also includes organized labor leaders in Ohio and other organizations in support of the reindustrialization effort.

“Ohio University is proud to be a leader in this transformational effort and to show what is possible when academia comes together with private industry, organized labor and public interests to improve the communities in our region,” said Stephanie Howe, Director of Energy Programs at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service. “The resources provided by the DOE Office of Environmental Management and Ohio University have been vital to this effort for more than a decade. We collaborate with stakeholders and partners to engage in a data driven process to form and launch the Ohio Valley GEM project. GEM will create endurable jobs in the new energy and sustainable manufacturing economy for the region for decades to come.”

“Organized labor has been working closely with industry and community leaders with the goal of creating good-paying union jobs for workers in the region,” said Tim Burga, President of the Ohio AFL-CIO. “As this venture moves forward, we will call for government support to ensure this project is transformative in a part of our state that has all too often been left behind.”

In addition to the reindustrialization of the former PORTS facility, GEM’s longer-term efforts are further enhanced by the availability of deactivated coal fired power plants and other industrial facilities in the region, which can serve as ‘satellite spokes’ to the core complex by converting such facilities to generate and supply sustainable fuel options from biomass and raw materials for manufacturing. By design, the concept extends job creation in the region, further develops low-carbon technologies and fuels, and sustainable manufacturing compounding the positive social, economic, and environmental impact in the heart of Appalachia.
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The Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative (SODI) is a nonprofit, community improvement corporation and serves as the DOE-designated community reuse organization for the PORTS facility. SODI’s mission is to improve the quality of life for citizens of Jackson, Pike, Ross, and Scioto Counties through economic
diversification, development of underutilized land and facilities on the PORTS facility site, and continued support of local industry. SODI is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of appointed local elected officials and members of the community with members representing business and government leaders from the four-county region.

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$600M project puts NM town at center of hydrogen debate

Escalante

A parade of state officials, including Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, have toured the coal-fired Escalante Generating Station near Grants since last summer to learn first-hand about industry plans to convert the facility into a hydrogen-based power plant.

The $600 million effort could make Escalante the nation’s first successful coal-to-hydrogen conversion project, elevating New Mexico – and the tiny town of Prewitt where the plant is located – into a leadership role in hydrogen development in the U.S. and beyond.

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Tallgrass Energy Acquires 75 Percent Membership Interest in Escalante H2 Power

Escalante Power Project to Convert Coal-fired Power Plant to Clean Hydrogen

Leawood, Kan., Aug. 9, 2021 – Tallgrass Energy, LP announced today that it has closed on the purchase of a 75 percent membership interest in Escalante H2 Power (EH2 Power). EH2 Power is developing a first-of-its-kind hydrogen-to-power project at Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.’s Escalante Generating Station near Prewitt, New Mexico, by converting the retired coal-fired power plant into a clean hydrogen-fired power generating facility.

“Our acquisition of a 75 percent membership interest in EH2 Power further advances our overall hydrogen development and clean energy infrastructure strategy,” said Tallgrass CEO William R. Moler. “We believe the Escalante Station is uniquely positioned to be a proving ground for hydrogen-to-power in the U.S. We look forward to working with Tri-State, Newpoint, the local community, and stakeholders throughout New Mexico on this exciting project.”

Tallgrass acquired its membership interest in EH2 Power from Denver-based Brooks Energy Company. The ownership of Newpoint Gas, LLC will retain a 25 percent membership interest in EH2 Power and continue to partner with Tallgrass in EH2’s development of the hydrogen conversion project at the Escalante Station.

“This marks another step forward for New Mexico’s push into a thriving clean energy future, one that builds new opportunities for communities transitioning toward new horizons,” said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. “New Mexico has what it takes to become an international hydrogen hub, furthering our decarbonization and climate efforts while creating quality jobs for New Mexicans.” “The EH2 Power team has brought tremendous vision and drive to the conversion project, and the State of New Mexico’s leadership in clean hydrogen innovation is exciting for development at Escalante and across the state,” said Dwayne Phillips, Vice President – Hydrogen for Tallgrass. “We are very appreciative of the Brooks Energy team, and we look forward to working with our partners at Newpoint to build on the successes they have achieved with Brooks.”

“We look forward to working with the Tallgrass team on transforming Escalante into a clean hydrogen hub,” said Wiley Rhodes, CEO of Newpoint Gas, LLC. “Building on Newpoint’s work, Tallgrass brings strong technical expertise to the project. Of equal importance, Newpoint and Tallgrass share the goal of advancing next-generation hydrogen technologies and offering critical decarbonized energy solutions through the Escalante Station.”

For more information about Tallgrass, visit www.tallgrassenergy.com.

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Clean energy project proposed for retired New Mexico coal-fired power plant

  • Technology collaboration to advance hydrogen as fuel to generate zero-emissions at source power, drive economic development and supply fresh water.
  • Escalante H2 Power signs a letter of intent to purchase Escalante Generating Station.

(4/16/2021 – McKinley County, N.M.) – Newpoint Gas, LLC, and Brooks Energy Company announce Escalante H2 Power, a technology collaboration that converts retired coal-fired power plants (CFPP) to use blue/green hydrogen as fuel with three precedent-setting results. In upcycling the retired generation station, Escalante H2 Power achieves (1) net zero emissions dispatchable power, (2) provides employment opportunities in cutting edge hydrogen energy technology and (3) includes the ability to supply commercial scale clean-fresh water, which is produced from the combustion of hydrogen.

Newpoint has entered into an agreement, which licenses its patent pending, operationally integrated, zero-emission modular design technology to Escalante H2 Power. The experienced team at Brooks has a deep understanding of the geological and engineering parameters necessary for carbon sequestration, which sets Escalante H2 Power ahead of other hydrogen production technology first movers.

“The Escalante Hydrogen Project is thoroughly designed with the goals to provide clean reliable power and an additional focus on empowering local New Mexico communities,” said Robert Price, president of Brooks Energy and cofounder of eH2Power. “With our experience in carbon sequestration and geology, we look forward to developing this project.”

Blue hydrogen, which is hydrogen derived from methane with the carbon sequestered, is proving its worth as a foundational, go-to hybrid energy source shortening the transition to an eventual green hydrogen economy as the technology advances. Newpoint’s blue/green hydrogen technology platform has the capacity to merge the low environmental impact of renewable power with the reliable dispatchable power generation of a fossil fueled power plant. This approach produces hydrogen that can be distributed to support the emerging hydrogen economy which includes zero emission trucks/cars (without batteries) and fuel cells.

“Recent events in Texas during extreme freezing weather provide a vivid reminder of the importance of non-stop dispatchable power in securing reliable electric service,” said Wiley Rhodes, CEO Newpoint Gas, LLC and cofounder of eH2Power. “We are excited to work with Tri-State, the team at the plant site, and our partners to convert Escalante Generating Station from 24/7 coal to 24/7 zero carbon emission dispatchable power.”

“The re-purpose of the Escalante Plant is exactly what needs to happen. There are many more years of useful life in the plant. I am very excited to see this new economic opportunity for our area and stand ready to support eH2 power with this transition,” said Patricia Lundstrom, executive director of the Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation.

Escalante H2 Power has signed a letter of intent with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc., to purchase their now retired 253 MW Escalante Generating Station in Prewitt, New Mexico. The Escalante Station is a well maintained and operated facility that is situated near gas transmission and a geology that supports large scale carbon sequestration.

“Since announcing the retirement of the Escalante Station, Tri-State has been working with impacted communities to support meaningful economic development opportunities,” said Tri-State CEO Duane Highley. “With the solid condition of the power plant, the potential sale for redevelopment utilizing innovative hydrogen technologies could advance the region’s clean energy transition, while providing local employment and economic development opportunities.”

This combination of factors make it perfectly situated to be the world’s first conversion from a large-scale CFPP to a large-scale blue/green hydrogen fired zero emission power plant. Newpoint’s process incorporates a steam methane reformer with hydrogen purification to separate the hydrogen and carbon dioxide pre-combustion. The carbon is sequestered underground and the pure hydrogen is used as fuel to produce steam and generate power.  With an eye to the future, Escalante H2 Power pioneers zero emission at source for industrial scale, 24/7 dispatchable base load power generation.

About Newpoint Gas, LLC: privately held multi-fuels processing, conversion and purification company. A design and build firm with two decades innovating operational zero emissions plant sites.

About Brooks Energy Company: privately held natural gas and helium exploration company which helps the U.S. achieve energy and critical natural resources independence.

About Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.: A wholesale power supply cooperative, operating on a not-for-profit basis, with 45 members, including 42 utility electric distribution cooperative and public power district members in four states that together deliver reliable, affordable and responsible power to more than a million electricity consumers across nearly 200,000 square miles of the West.

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Please direct inquiries about Escalante H2 Power and the project to [email protected]

For more information, visit www.eh2power.com