OLYMPIA, WA.-Public utility districts across the state will now be permitted to produce and sell Hydrogen power after Governor Jay Inslee signs legislation introduced by 12th District Senator, Brad Hawkins.
Hawkins sponsored legislation that was passed unanimously in both houses. Senator Hawkins brought forward the bill at the request of the Douglas County PUD. The District plans to use electrolysis to separate hydrogen molecules from oxygen molecules in water to produce renewable hydrogen. Renewable hydrogen does not produce carbon emissions. when it is produced or consumed.
At Thursday’s bill signing ceremony Senator Hawkins said, “This new law will allow our hydropower utilities to lead our state in another form of clean energy – renewable hydrogen. Our PUDs have been leaders in clean energy for decades, and this law will allow them to continue their positive and innovative work.”
Hawkins added, “In the springtime, our hydro utilities have been experiencing difficulties when flows are high on the Columbia River and Northwest wind and solar facilities generate large amounts of power,” “Spilling excess water over our dams can adversely impact fish, and generating additional electricity in times of oversupply can hurt us economically. Douglas PUD hopes to create hydrogen using its surplus electricity and then sell it. This bill opens the door to making that possible.”
PUD Commissioner Molly Simpson attended Thursday’s bill signing and was among several PUD representatives from across the State along with clean energy advocates and several key legislators to attend the highly publicized event.
Among the many who attended the bill signing ceremony were representatives of Toyota who provided demonstrations of its new Hydrogen-powered Mirai.