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NEESC releases 2015 hydrogen & fuel cell development plans for eight Northeastern states; power generation and transportation

The Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster (NEESC), administered by Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT), released the 2015 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Development Plans for each of the eight states in the Northeast US. The state-specific plans focus on hydrogen and fuel cell applications that are both technically and economically viable, and recommend specific goals for stationary and transportation hydrogen fuel cell deployment to meet economic, environmental, and energy needs.

Cumulative goals for the Northeast states include approximately 1,300 megawatts of installed stationary fuel cell capacity; 10,800 fuel cell electric vehicles; 640 fuel cell powered buses; and 110 hydrogen refueling stations to support the fuel cell electric vehicles and buses.

Broadly, NEESC observes, demand for new electric capacity is expected to increase, due in part to the replacement of older, less efficient, base-load generation facilities. Fuel cell technology can help meet electric grid needs as a high efficiency, distributed generation asset that can be located directly at the customer’s site.

The use of distributed generation will increase efficiency, improve end-user reliability, provide opportunity for combined heat and power, and reduce emissions at schools, hospitals, manufacturing facilities, and other mission critical facilities.

Further, the deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technology will also help meet carbon dioxide emissions reduction and zero emission vehicles (ZEV) requirements, and utilize renewable energy from indigenous sources such as biomass, wind, and photovoltaic (PV) power. Hydrogen and fuel cell technology can also be used to provide zero emission vehicles for mass transit and fleet operations.

In 2013, 8 states committed and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) requiring large-volume automakers to sell approximately 3.3 million ZEVs between 2018 and 2025, 1.24 million of which are defined as “ZEVs (Electric and/or Hydrogen Fuel Cells)”. (Earlier post.)

Created individually for Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont, the state plans were produced with support from the US Small Business Administration (SBA) and input from industry stakeholders including automakers, government agencies, gas suppliers, and hydrogen and fuel cell companies to advance deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technology.

State-specific hydrogen goals (with links to the full plans)
State plan Fuel cell electricity generation by 2025 Near-term Fuel Cell Vehicles Refueling stations for FCVs
Connecticut 131 to 175 MW 477 FCEVs (445 [40 FCEVs for CT State fleet] passenger and 32 transit/paratransit buses) 4 to 5
Maine 54 to 73 MW 83 FCEVs (80 passenger and three (3) transit/paratransit buses) 1 to 2
Massachusetts 234 to 312 MW 1,867 FCEVs (1,818 [101 FCEVs for MA State fleet] passenger and 49 transit/paratransit buses) 18 to 19
New Hampshire 45 to 61 MW 25 FCEVs (21 FCEVs for NH State fleet passenger vehicles and four (4) transit/paratransit buses) 1 to 2
New Jersey 254 to 339 MW 5,758 FCEVs (5,455 [130 FCEVs for NJ State fleet] passenger and 173 transit/paratransit buses) 55 to 60
New York 543 to 724 MW 3,172 FCEVs (2,808 [188 FCEVs for NY State fleet] passenger and 364 transit/paratransit buses) 27 to 32
Rhode Island 37 to 49 MW 153 FCEVs (142 [21 FCEVs for RI State fleet] passenger and 11 transit/paratransit buses) 1 to 2
Vermont 15 to 20 MW 82 FCEVs (80 [8 FCEVs for VT State fleet] passenger and 2 transit/paratransit buses) 1 to 2

Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster (NEESC) is a network of industry, academic, government and non-governmental leaders working together to provide energy storage solutions. Based in New England, New York and New Jersey, the network focuses on the innovative development, production, promotion and deployment of hydrogen fuels and fuel cells to meet the pressing demand for energy storage solutions.

NEESC is administered by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. and its industry partners, Maine Hydrogen Energy Center (HEC), Massachusetts Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Stakeholders (MHFCS), New Energy New York (NENY), and the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA).

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT), is a nonprofit economic development organization headquartered in East Hartford, Conn. that focuses on technology, efficiencies and workforce development, with expertise in manufacturing technology, IT, education and workforce strategies, and energy solutions.

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