A 2015 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Development Plan has been created for each state in the Northeast region (Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New York, and New Jersey), with support from the United States (U.S.) Small Business Administration (SBA), to increase awareness and facilitate the deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technology. These plans are updates to the 2012 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Development Plans. The intent of these guidance documents is to make available information regarding the economic value and deployment opportunities to increase environmental performance and energy reliability using hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.
Hydrogen and fuel cell projects are becoming increasingly popular throughout the Northeast region. These technologies are viable solutions that can meet the demand for clean and renewable energy. In addition, the deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technology would reduce the dependence on oil, improve environmental performance, and increase the number of jobs within the state. These Development Plans provide links to relevant information to help assess, plan, and initiate hydrogen or fuel cell projects to help meet the energy, economic, and environmental goals in the region.
Developing policies and incentives that support hydrogen and fuel cell technology will increase deployment at sites that would benefit from on-site generation. Increased demand for hydrogen and fuel cell technology will increase production and create jobs throughout the supply chain. As deployment increases, manufacturing costs will decline and hydrogen and fuel cell technology will be in a position to then compete in a global market without incentives. These policies and incentives can be coordinated regionally to maintain the regional economic cluster as a global exporter for long-term growth and economic development.
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