September 14, 2021

The Hope & The Hype: Making Sense of the Long-Awaited Hydrogen Economy (virtual)

Course Overview

2020 witnessed a rapidly growing level of interest in hydrogen, with many new green hydrogen projects being announced. One analyst reports that the volume of green hydrogen projects jumped from 3.2 gigawatts to over 15 gigawatts of capacity from August 2019 to 2020. As these volumes increase, costs of producing green hydrogen continue to fall. Some estimates foresee these costs declining by as much as two-thirds by 2040. In some markets—where carbon is priced into the equation—green hydrogen could be cost-competitive with fossil fuels as early as 2035.This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the key issues related to hydrogen production and applications in the global energy economy. Click here to register!

Course Topics

  • Why Now? The Case for Hydrogen – It’s All About Carbon
    • Decarbonization of the industrial sector will drive scale that will eventually apply to utilities
    • Transportation applications
    • Long-term energy storage
  •  The Chemistry: the Promise and the Challenge
  •  The Value of Hydrogen in the Electric Power Grid
    • Behind-the-meter generation for reliability/resilience: emerging use cases
    • Grid-scale inter-seasonal storage to decarbonize the grid
    • Carbon-light electricity generation: methane/hydrogen fuel mixtures: current turbine capabilities
  •  Necessary price points and comparisons: technology, costs and current applications
    • Grey hydrogen (electrolysis)
    • With a high-level overview of grey hydrogen (steam methane reformation), glue hydrogen (carbon capture and storage), and turquoise hydrogen (pyrolysis)
  •  Green Hydrogen: from creation to consumption - challenges along the entire chain   
    • Electrolyzer technologies, current costs and challenges
    • Transportation
    • Storage
    • “Well to Wheel” efficiency losses in chain

  •  Government programs driving scale
  •  Grid applications and proposed projects: utility examples
  •  Review of meaningful hydrogen production projects announced to date
  •  What to watch for in 2021 & 2022

Who Should Attend?

Utility staff and policymakers looking for an in-depth look at the hydrogen energy landscape (with a focus on green hydrogen) and its potential future impacts. This foundational course will provide a comprehensive overview for those who are relatively inexperienced in the industry and will provide a helpful update to those looking to advance their knowledge on these topics.

Registration Info

Provider: American Public Power Association (APPA)

Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Length: 1 day

Format: online

Capacity: minimum of 15 attendees to start the class; no maximum

Estimated Enrollment Fee

SCPPA MEMBER RATE (per attendee)


(NOTE: the actual cost will be based on the final number of attendees and billed directly to the respective utilities. SCPPA Members do not need to make any payments online.)  


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