October 28, 2021

PennFuture and ORVI Present: Hydrogen 101

On Thursday, Oct. 28, PennFuture and the Ohio River Valley Institute will partner for a webinar designed to inform Pennsylvanians about the emerging developments in hydrogen fuel. 

Hydrogen is being hyped as the fuel of the future. Proponents claim it can replace fossil fuels for a range of uses, including power generation, home heating, transportation, and industrial energy. Some of these uses may be appropriate, but many are not.

The problem is that if we are not careful, hydrogen deployment may actually worsen climate pollution, prolong fracking, and revive the struggling finances of oil and gas companies. In fact, the most likely development pathway for hydrogen in the near term relies on even more natural gas development in Pennsylvania, including more fracking and more pipelines. Without the right policy guardrails in place, hydrogen development could slow the state’s transition to clean energy.

To understand the potential benefits and dangers of hydrogen it’s important to first understand the basics of what can seem to be a confusing issue. What is the difference between “green” and “blue” hydrogen? How can hydrogen fit in the modern energy economy and where does it not belong? And how are Pennsylvania lawmakers shaping state policy and tax subsidies to benefit the industry? 

On October 28, be sure to join PennFuture Senior Director for Energy and Climate Rob Altenburg and Ohio River Valley Institute Research Fellow Eric de Place for a webinar to learn more about this emerging issue, and to gather the information you need to stay informed as this issue becomes more prominent in Pennsylvania. 

What: A webinar to discuss hydrogen in Pennsylvania 
When: Thursday, October 28 from noon to 1 p.m. 
Where: On Zoom! Click here to register