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OCTOBER 4, 2022 

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While hydrogen energy and carbon capture utilization/storage present tremendous opportunities for the tri-state region, the path forward is unclear. Several economic, regulatory, and technological challenges to development and deployment exist. Furthermore, local and regional governmental bodies lack a knowledge base to assess the costs and benefits of the burgeoning industry. 

Harnessing Hydrogen is a day-long event that will feature individual talks, panel discussions, and interest-specific breakout sessions related to the development of hydrogen energy within the Pennsylvania-Ohio-West Virginia area. The event will be held by the Center for Energy Policy & Management, which strives to provide credible, impartial, and accessible information on the region’s most salient energy topics.

Attendees will gain valuable information about land use impacts, permitting issues, regional economic development, and more!

Recent Hydrogen Highlights: 

Pore Space: The Next Leasing Frontier for Pennsylvania Landowners? By Robert J. Burnett

Development of Hydrogen Hub offers benefits, obstacles PA House

Weren't Able to Attend? 

If you weren't able to attend our event on Oct 4 or if you need to reference materials discussed, please feel free to access the presentations and documents below. 

Hydrogen Fundamentals- Dr. Nate Weiland

Hydrogen/CCUS in PA- Kris Carter

Keynote Address- Dr. Debbie Stine

PA Roadmap Fact Sheet

Topics of Discussion

Panel Discussion 1: Fundamentals of Hydrogen Energy and Carbon Capture
                  Dr. Nate Weiland, Senior Fellow, National Energy Technology Laboratory
                  Kristin Carter, Assistant State Geologist, Pa. Geological Survey


Panel Discussion 2: Challenges & Opportunities for Creating a Regional H2/CCS Hub
                  Moderator: Michael Docherty, Executive Director, In-2-Market
                  Stephanie Curran, Energy Transition Solutions, Equinor
                  Adam Walters, Senior Advisor, Pa. Office of Energy
                  Matt Cybulski, Managing Director, Energy and Chemicals, JobsOhio

Panel Discussion 3: Governance Issues and the Regulatory Landscape
           Part 1 - Overview of emerging federal and state governance and regulatory Issues                                      
                  Jesse Richardson, lead land use attorney, WVU Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic
                  Kevin Garber, Energy Management Team, Babst Calland
                  Max Kieba, engineering supervisor, U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

          Part 2 - Governance and Regulatory Issues in Pa. and on the Local Level
                  Rep. Josh Kail, member, Pa. House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee
                  Rep. Nick Pisciottano, member, Pa. House Consumer Affairs Committee
                  Dr. Kenya Johns, Mayor of the City of Beaver Falls


Keynote Address
                 Dr. Debbie Stine, founder, Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Analysis

Break Out Sessions
Group A: Discussion about local/regional governmental bodies and their roles in hydrogen energy development
Moderator: Joy Ruff, Executive Director, Local Government Academy
Group B: Discussion about industry affairs, finance, and technology deployment 


**Continuing Legal Education for attorneys has been accredited by the Washington County Bar Association for 5 hours of substantive CLE credit for the states of PA, WV, and OH. Register for CLE credit at, 'Upcoming Events.'**

Speakers, Panelists, and Moderators

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