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February 19, 2004

DOE Launches New Hydrogen Energy Education Effort

DOE announced on February 19th the launch of a new effort to educate state and local government officials about the vision of a hydrogen economy. Called "Hydrogen Power: The Promise, The Challenge," the effort will involve workshops in six U.S. cities, kicking off in Lansing, Michigan, on March 23rd.

State and local governments play a critical role in achieving the hydrogen vision by facilitating the development of hydrogen codes and standards, laying the foundation for long-term change, and building public acceptance. The Lansing workshop will be offered in partnership with Lansing Community College and Michigan's NextEnergy, which aims to advance alternative energy technologies. The second workshop—in Austin, Texas, on April 16th—will be held in cooperation with the Texas State Energy Conservation Office and the Texas Clean Air Working Group. The workshops will then travel to cities in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and West before wrapping up in fall. See the DOE press release.

Over the next five years, DOE plans to invest $1.7 billion in research and development of advanced hybrid vehicle components, fuel cells, and hydrogen infrastructure technologies, as part of President Bush's FreedomCAR and Hydrogen Fuel Initiative. See the Initiative Web page and DOE's Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and Infrastructure Technologies Program Web site.