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Energy Workforce President Discusses Hydrogen Economy


Last week, Energy Workforce & Technology Council President Tim Tarpley sat on the “Hydrogen Economy – Already Launched?” panel at the third American Hydrogen Forum in Houston.

The panel focused on the hydrogen economy in the United States and the growing interest in hydrogen due to its potential as a lower emissions energy source. One of the major challenges in the development and adoption of hydrogen energy is limited infrastructure and the production cost, which currently relies heavily on fossil fuels. There are several initiatives, particularly in the Inflation Reduction Act, that aim to expand deployment in the United States, which Tarpley discussed along with the actions of energy service and technology companies in this arena.  

“I am bullish on hydrogen and the leading role that Energy Workforce companies will play in the future of this technology. The Inflation Reduction Act will help with financing, but we will also need federal permitting reform to be part of the puzzle to fully realize the potential of this energy source.”    

Energy Workforce President Tim Tarpley

He also emphasized that the hydrogen economy is already here, and many Energy Workforce Member Companies have developed clean, efficient and carbon net-zero processes for hydrogen fuel generation. The energy services sector is actively engaged in new energies and leading the deployment of these technologies into the energy industry.

Tarpley was joined on the panel, which was moderated by Amanda Duhon, Regional Director, North & Central America, EIC, by Elena Robciuc, Managing Director and Houston Team Lead for Energy+Group, SG Corporate & Investment Banking, Société Générale; James Campos, Board Member, US Hydrogen Alliance; and Oleksandr Riepkin, President of the Ukrainian Hydrogen Council.

Energy Workforce’s Energy Technology Committee focuses on the technologies in oil and gas production and new energies that are enabling a lower carbon future. If you are interested in learning more or joining the committee, contact Maria Suarez-Simmons.

Maria Suarez-Simmons, Senior Director Energy Policy, writes about industry-specific policies for the Energy Workforce & Technology Council. Click here to subscribe to the Energy Workforce newsletter, which highlights sector-specific issues, best practices, activities and more.


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