HP to formulate new Green Hydrogen Policy: CM

HP to formulate new Green Hydrogen Policy: CM

Himachal Pradesh is developing a new Green Hydrogen Policy in order to foster the production of green hydrogen.

The goal, according to Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, is to promote the use of green hydrogen and establish Himachal Pradesh as a leading hub for its production.

He added that the state’s abundant renewable energy resources, such as abundant sunlight, water, and wind, make it an ideal location for generating green hydrogen.

“The primary objective of the policy is to attract investments in large-scale renewable energy projects, ensuring a consistent and sustainable supply of green electricity for electrolysis,” he said.

“By leveraging its natural advantages, Himachal Pradesh aims to create a favorable environment for the production of green hydrogen. This will not only contribute to the global fight against climate change but also make the State a pioneer in sustainable development,” said the Chief Minister.

He stated that the state government has already signed a memorandum of understanding with Oil India Limited to kick-start efforts towards green hydrogen production (OIL).

This collaboration will allow for the pilot production of green hydrogen and green ammonia, he said, adding that the government is actively encouraging young entrepreneurs to invest in the state and that the new green energy policy will include various provisions to facilitate their participation.

The Chief Minister also emphasized the company’s interest in establishing a plant in Himachal Pradesh to produce green hydrogen and convert it into e-ethanol.

“This alternative fuel can be directly used as a replacement for petrol, aligning with the government’s initiatives towards flexible fuels. Such investments and developments will not only contribute to reducing greenhouse gases emission but also drive the growth of clean mobility in the state,” he said.

In addition to these initiatives, Sukhu stated that the NHPC (National Hydroelectric Power Corporation) is piloting a Green Hydrogen Mobility Project in the Chamba district.

This project will include a dedicated solar plant, a hydrogen production electrolyzer unit, and a hydrogen storage system.

According to the Chief Minister, the new policy will put Himachal Pradesh at the forefront of India’s clean energy transition. He claims that by promoting the production and use of green hydrogen, the state will significantly contribute to global efforts to combat climate change.

It will also create opportunities for long-term economic growth and establish Himachal as a model state for clean and renewable energy initiatives, he added.

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