Moniz-led think tank will lead $1B DOE hydrogen program

Moniz-led think tank will lead $1B DOE hydrogen program

  • January 18, 2024
Brian Dabbs, Christian Robles, E&E News

The Department of Energy announced a consortium Wednesday to set up a hydrogen purchase program as the U.S. increasingly looks to the fuel to slash greenhouse gas emissions economy-wide.

DOE says the program authorized by the 2021 bipartisan infrastructure law is meant to spur production at seven proposed U. S. hydrogen hubs announced in October.

EFI Foundation, a think tank run by former Obama administration DOE Secretary Ernie Moniz, is leading the effort alongside market intelligence firm S&P Global, financial exchange operator Intercontinental Exchange, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative, and law firm Dentons.

A conservative watchdog group, Protect the Public’s Trust, blasted DOE’s decision to send grant money to Moniz, the former secretary.

“While it is likely that any legal restrictions or ethics rules related to Dr. Moniz’s service as Energy Secretary would have expired by now, nevertheless this is precisely the type of arrangement that raises the public’s skepticism about Washington, D.C.,” Michael Chamberlain, the group’s director and a Department of Education official in the Trump administration, said in a statement. “This hardly seems to be the stuff of the most ethical administration in history.”

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