New industries are coming to Washington as the state implements programs to decarbonize the economy, including a new requirement to clean up transportation fuels. The Tacoma area is well-positioned to be a center of green hydrogen production and we are actively supporting the development of this emerging industry. The green hydrogen industry has the potential to help us meet our climate goals; provide new, family-wage jobs for the region; and clean up our industrial zones.
Green hydrogen is clean fuel
Green hydrogen is made through electrolysis, which is the process of using electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. Green hydrogen can be used as a zero-emissions fuel for vehicles and vessels, an energy source for industrial processes, a way to stabilize the electric grid, and many other end uses.
Taking action on climate change
TPU and Tacoma Power are committed to addressing climate change. Green hydrogen has the potential to be adopted by many industries and can be especially useful in decarbonizing aspects of our state’s economy that are difficult to electrify.
Green hydrogen is safe to produce and use
Any hydrogen producer would be required to meet any applicable land use or permitting requirements. All fuels have some degree of risk associated with them, but safety can be ensured with properly designed fuel systems and safety guidelines. Unlike many fuels, hydrogen is non-toxic and, because it’s lighter than air, hydrogen dissipates rapidly when it is released, allowing for rapid dispersal of the fuel in case of a leak.
Tacoma is well-positioned to be a leader
Our service area is uniquely positioned to be a premier location for green hydrogen investment, innovation, and use. Our clean and affordable electricity, deep water, active seaport, proximity to I-5 and rail lines, and robust commercial and industrial sectors all make the Tacoma area a strong candidate for green hydrogen investment.
TPU rate incentivizes hydrogen production
We created one of the nation’s first electrofuels electric rate. This new rate provides a discount from our regular industrial rates (about 15%) in exchange for being interruptible to protect the interests of Tacoma Power’s customers. Our rate has received national and international interest from hydrogen producers.