On September 12, 2022, CEPM Director, Corey Young, attended the quarterly meeting of the Team Pennsylvania Energy Horizons Cross-Sector Collaborative in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
At the meeting, participants worked to chart a path forward for decarbonization in the Commonwealth. Over 40 individuals from state agencies, industry, academia, and non-governmental entities were in attendance.
The Energy Horizons Cross-Sector Collaborative is a partnership consisting of a diverse group of stakeholders with the expressed goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Pennsylvania while accelerating economic growth. Stakeholders include, but are not limited to, Battelle, EQT, FirstEnergy Corporation, Mitsubishi Power, PA Department of Community and Economic Development, RAND Corporation, Shell, Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, US Steel, and W&J’s CEPM.
Members were convened by the Team Pennsylvania Foundation, a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1997 to connect private and public sector leaders to achieve and sustain progress for Pennsylvania.
The Collaborative builds on Team Pennsylvania Foundation’s Pennsylvania Energy Horizons work and the Wolf Administration’s previous work in the CCUS and hydrogen space. Other areas of focus for Team PA include business growth and economic development; education and workforce development; and agriculture.
Much of the conversation at the quarterly meeting focused on hydrogen energy development and carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS). Hydrogen energy and CCUS have garnered a great deal of attention in the past few months, given recent announcements by the Biden Administration and the US Department of Energy (DOE) to establish regional hydrogen hubs across the United States.
While collaborators will continue to work in the coming months to identify ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and grow Pennsylvania’s economy, the group is awaiting the official release of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to advance discussions on hydrogen and CCUS, specifically .
The FOA will spell out the parameters of the federal funding available for hydrogen hubs by clarifying who is eligible for hub funding and how the funds can be expended. The FOA is expected to be released sometime in the near future.
To lean more about the Team Pennsylvania Foundation and its past work, visit teampa.com