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Clean Hydrogen Energy Project Will Drive Economic Development With the Potential to Produce Fresh Water in McKinley County, NM

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11 May 2022


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This article originally appeared on and was written for Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation, by Golden Shovel Agency.

Escalante H2 Power (eH2Power) is working to make the Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association’s (TGTA) retired Escalante Generating Station in Prewitt, New Mexico, the first coal-fired power plant in the world to be transformed into a 100 percent hydrogen-fueled facility. In April 2021, eH2Power signed a letter of intent with TGTA to purchase the McKinley County station. The eH2Power project aims to come online by 2025.

Escalante H2 Power is a technology collaboration between Newpoint Gas, LLC, and Tallgrass Energy that converts the Escalante retired coal-fired power plant (CFPP) into a clean hydrogen-fueled generating station. 

One form of clean hydrogen is blue hydrogen, which is hydrogen derived from methane with the carbon geographically sequestered. Clean hydrogen derived from natural gas is a go-to hybrid energy source shortening the transition to an eventual green hydrogen economy as technology advances around renewable fuels. The refitted hydrogen-fueled Escalante Generating Station will use natural gas as the feed-stock to produce hydrogen and capture the carbon pre-combustion and sequester the carbon (store it underground).

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