Pacific Northwest Hydrogen Association Announces Appointment of Board Chair and Vice-Chair; prepares the last call for projects

Washington Commerce Director Brown and Oregon Energy Director Benner will lead the board of a public-private organization preparing a regional bid for the Department of Clean Hydrogen Center. energy

Seattle, Washington—The Pacific Northwest Hydrogen Association (PNWH2) completed its formation with the election of Washington Commerce Director Lisa Brown as Chairman and Oregon Department of Energy Director Janine Benner as Vice Chairman of the Board administration. PNWH2 is a nonprofit public-private partnership leading a regional effort to secure a share of U.S. Department of Energy resources $8 billion investment in a national network of clean hydrogen hubs (H2Hubs) under the Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act. Gary Ivory, Secretary, General Manager of PUD Douglas County, Washington, and Jackie Flowers, Treasurer, Director of Tacoma Power, complete the leadership of the PNWH2 Board of Directors.

Formed under the direction of the Washington State Legislature, PNWH2 is currently preparing a final call for projects to be considered in its proposal to the DOE.

Lisa Brown

“Our goal is to show the nation how to decarbonize the hardest-to-reach sectors of the economy, such as heavy transportation, aviation, maritime and industrial operations, with green electrolytic hydrogen and the incredible resources in renewable electricity from our Pacific Northwest region,” said Washington State Director of Commerce and Chairman of the Board of PNWH2 Lisa Brown. “We understand how green hydrogen fits into a modern, decarbonized economy that is possible today – no other region is as advanced in this area.”

Janine Benner, director of the Oregon Department of Energy

Janine Benner

“I am honored to represent Oregon on the Board of Directors and to offer ODOE’s expertise to help develop a competitive clean hydrogen hub opportunity for the Pacific Northwest,” said the Director of the Oregon Department of Energy and Vice Chairman of the Board of PNWH2. Janine Benner. “This work will lay the foundation for this important decarbonization fuel in our region – a fuel that can help us fulfill our mission to shape an equitable clean energy transition for Oregon and beyond.”

Neighboring Idaho is also represented on the PNWH2 Advisory Committee by George Lynch, of the Idaho Governor’s Office of Energy and Mineral Resources.

Last call for project proposals

The Council of 18 members of the PNWH2 is spearheading work to develop a unique and powerful concept paper for the DOE. A final call for information for individual project proposals will open in early September. The RFI will be published on Washington WEBS (Electronic Business Solutions) Portal. More information is available on the PNWH2 website and sending an e-mail to [email protected]

“We are excited to play a role in decarbonizing hard-to-reduce industries in the Pacific Northwest using green electrolytic hydrogen. For example, our proposed project in Centralia would utilize former coal infrastructure for green hydrogen, creating transition pathways to employment for workers as well as creating new well-paying jobs in associated green industries,” said said Alan Krause, board member of Fortescue Future Industries.

The involvement of all stakeholders in the future clean hydrogen economy is a top priority for PNWH2, including the participation of communities, public entities, private industry, labor, research, development labor, utilities and tribal nations.

“The Cowlitz Indian Tribe is proud to stand with the Pacific Northwest Hydrogen Association as we continue the collective work of building a green hydrogen economy,” said Kent Caputo, COO of the Cowlitz tribe. “Our region enjoys significant strategic advantages to be a competitive hydrogen hub, including centuries of tribal stewardship and connection to our land, water and all living things. The PNWH2 offers our region a significant opportunity to take the global lead in decarbonizing our economy.

“ILWU is pleased to participate in this process with PNWH2 to bring alternative energy sources to the region that will be applied to marine terminal operating equipment, seaworthy vessels or other aspects of the marine environment,” said Dan McKisson, board member of the International Longshore Workers Union. Washington Area District Council Chairman. “Having clean, sustainable and resilient energy is crucial for the movement of goods and the associated jobs in the maritime industry.”

Other important partners and stakeholders in the work of PNWH2 include Washington’s innovation hubs and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The Consortium for Hydrogen and Renewable Electric Fuels (CHARGE)which is part of the Joint Center for Deployment and Research in Earth Abundant Materials at Washington State University (JCDREAM) is a key research leader represented on the PNWH2 Board of Directors by Executive Director Aaron Feaver.

For more information and updates on the Pacific Northwest Hydrogen Association, visit

About PNWH2

The Pacific Northwest Hydrogen Association is a regional public/private nonprofit organization established under the direction of the Washington State Legislature to pursue the United States Department of Health’s Hydrogen Hubs (H2Hubs) funding opportunity. energy under the Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act. PNWH2 is a collective of representatives from the private, government, academic, research and philanthropic communities. Our goal is to create a Pacific Northwest-focused hydrogen hub to usher in a clean hydrogen economy and develop the infrastructure needed to underpin the clean energy transition. The PNWH2 focuses on the full lifecycle and supply chain of hydrogen, with a keen eye on the hard-to-decarbonize aspects of the economy and a consistent focus on social equity, environmental justice and sustainability. community involvement.


Andrew B. Reiter