The Eugene Hydrogen Project would be the first such project in Oregon as it joins Washington in attempting to be a national hub of green hydrogen production.

The Oregon project aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by producing green hydrogen gas and blending it into natural gas for consumers in Eugene.

If approved, about 2,500 customers of NW Natural, the state’s largest natural gas utility, would begin receiving natural gas with 5% hydrogen gas by early 2024.

Incorporating hydrogen into its natural gas supply could help the company reach emissions reductions goals mandated by Gov. Kate Brown’s 2020 executive order on climate change.

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