Virtual Course

The Hope and the Hype: Making Sense of the Long-Awaited Hydrogen Economy

Receive a comprehensive overview of the key issues, implications, and applications related to hydrogen in the energy economy and review the latest utility projects.
December 1, 2021
12:00pm EDT - 4:00pm EDT

Learning Environment

This new, virtual offering—through Zoom—provides the opportunity to interact with the instructor, your industry peers, and earn continuing education credits. This course combines real-time presentation, polling questions, real-world examples, Q&A and group discussion.

Timing

Attend one real-time session from Noon – 4 p.m. Eastern on December 1. There will be two, 10-minute breaks incorporated into the session.

Discover more new trends and technologies

iconSave $100 when you register for both the virtual class "The Hope and the Hype: Making Sense of the Long-Awaited Hydrogen Economy" (Dec. 1) and the Public Power Forward Virtual Summit (Dec. 2-3) at the same time! 

Course Overview

Hydrogen as a clean energy resource is attracting the attention of utilities and governments, as a resource for storage, generation, industrial processes, and transportation. 2020 and the first part of 2021 have witnessed a rapidly growing level of interest in hydrogen, with many new projects being announced, worth tens of billions of dollars. 

The Hydrogen Council reports that there are currently over 350 large-scale projects, involving an estimated $500 billion along the entire affiliated supply chain. Many of these involve green hydrogen, produced with renewable energy. As project volumes increase, costs of producing green hydrogen continue to fall.  Some estimates foresee these costs declining by as much as two-thirds by 2040. In some markets—where carbon is priced into the equation—green hydrogen could be cost-competitive with fossil fuels as early as 2035.

What does this mean for our future energy economy? What are the critical technological challenges, cost curves, and applications? Are we really, finally, getting past the hype and navigate towards a long-awaited hydrogen economy? And what implications might this have for municipal utilities in California

This course will address those questions and provide attendees with a comprehensive overview of the key issues, implications, and applications related to hydrogen in the energy economy.

Course Topics

  • Why Now? The Case for Hydrogen: It’s All About Carbon
    • Decarbonization of the Industrial Sector will Drive Scale that Will Eventually Apply to Utilities (steel, cement)
    • Transportation Applications (long-haul trucking, rail, maritime)
    • Long-Term Energy Storage
       
  • The Chemistry: The Promise and the Challenge
    • Density and molecular structure, energy density, flame speed, other characteristics 
       
  • The Value of Hydrogen in the Electric Power Grid
    • Behind-the-meter generation for reliability and resilience: emerging use cases
    • Grid-scale inter-seasonal storage to decarbonize the grid
    • Carbon-light electricity generation: methane/hydrogen fuel mixtures: current turbine capabilities
       
  • Necessary Price Points and Comparisons: Technology, Costs and Current Applications
    • Green Hydrogen (Electrolysis) and a high-level overview of grey hydrogen (Steam Methane Reformation), blue hydrogen (Carbon Capture and Storage), and turquoise hydrogen (Pyrolysis)
       
  • Green Hydrogen: From Creation to Consumption
    • Electrolyzer technologies, current costs and challenges
    • Transportation (compressed, liquified, liquid organic carriers, inorganic carriers) 
    • Storage (caverns)
    • “Well-to-wheel” efficiency losses in the chain 
       
  • Government Programs Driving Scale (U.S. and internationally)
     
  • Grid Applications and Proposed Projects: Utility Examples
    • Intermountain (LADWP)
    • New Fortress/GE (Hannibal, Ohio)
    • Florida Power and Light
    • San Diego Gas & Electric
    • Douglas County PUD No. 1
       
  • A Review of Meaningful Hydrogen Production Projects Announced to Date (U.S., Australia, North Sea) 
     
  • What to Watch For in 2021/2022

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course attendees will be able to:

  • Discuss the basics of hydrogen and the different uses and applications
  • Examine the opportunities and challenges (technical, physical, and economic) facing hydrogen adoption
  • Review efficiency losses related to the entire hydrogen supply chain
  • Discuss the economic hurdles that need to be addressed for widespread applications
  • Identify potential applications of hydrogen in power grids
  • Identify actors, use cases, and projected investments
  • Develop milestones and timelines to pay attention to

Recommended for

Utility staff and policymakers looking for an in-depth look at the hydrogen energy landscape (with a focus on green hydrogen) and its potential future impacts. This foundational course will provide a comprehensive overview for those who are relatively inexperienced in the industry and will provide a helpful update to those looking to advance their knowledge on these topics. 

Attendees may also be interested in attending APPA’s Public Power Forward Summit, Dec. 2-3.

Course Level 

Basic: No prerequisites; no advance preparation. 

Accreditation

The following continuing education credits will be provided, after successfully completing the live session (click here to review requirements). Certificates will be emailed by December 15. 

Recommended CEUs .3/PDHs 3.25/CPEs 3.8
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

Instructor 

peterPeter Kelly-Detwiler, Principal, NorthBridge Energy Partners
Peter draws on more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry focusing on the development of retail competitive markets, new trends, technologies, regulatory and market developments, and sustainable solutions that create value in the energy space. He is an active contributor at Forbes.com, covering a broad variety of topics, including the economics of natural gas supply and electricity generation, evolving supply and demand technologies, the evolution of renewables, and trends affecting the energy industry. His new book titled, “The Energy Switch: How Companies and Customers are Transforming the Electrical Grid and the Future of Power” focuses on innovation and disruption in the electric power industry.

Course Access and Materials

  • Zoom Links: Zoom log in credentials will be sent out 24 hours before the start of the first session.
  • Course Materials: Attendees will receive access to APPA’s secure online document portal the day before the course, where the eManual will be made available.
  • Recording: The session will be recorded and can be accessed through APPA’s document portal (within two weeks after the program concludes), in case you can’t attend the live class. Recordings will be accessible for 90 days. Note: Continuing education credits can only be issued for attending live sessions. 

Technology Requirements

  • Zoom Meeting Application: Attendees are required to have strong Internet access, in order to run the Zoom meeting platform. Click here to learn more about downloading the Zoom Web Client.
  • Audio/Webcam: You will need to enable computer audio to listen and speak (alternatively a call-in number will be provided) and you will also need a webcam, so you can fully engage in the small group breakout session and group discussions.

Questions?

Registration/Billing
Email: [email protected]

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Register Now! 

Registration Fees

Save $100 when you register for both the Public Power Forward Virtual Summit (Dec. 2-3) and this virtual class at the same time! 

Register before November 4 to take advantage of these early prices:

  The Hope and the Hype: Making Sense of the Long-Awaited Hydrogen Economy (Dec. 1) Public Power Forward Virtual Summit
(Dec. 2-3)
Register for BOTH: 
Public Power Forward Virtual Summit AND The Hope and the Hype
Member $350 $525 $775
Nonmember $700 $1,050 $1,650

After November 4:

  The Hope and the Hype: Making Sense of the Long-Awaited Hydrogen Economy (Dec. 1) Public Power Forward Virtual Summit
(Dec. 2-3)
Register for BOTH: 
Public Power Forward Virtual Summit AND The Hope and the Hype
Member $400 $575 $875
Nonmember $750 $1,100 $1,750

You must choose the "Register for Both" option when you register to receive the discounted price. Discounts cannot be applied if you register for the events separately and cannot be applied retroactively. "Register for Both" tickets cannot be split between two attendees; the same person must attend both virtual events.

Not yet a member? Join today and save money on your conference registration. Call 202-467-2926 or email [email protected].

Group Discounts

Save money on each registration for the The Hope and the Hype and the Public Power Forward Summit when your organization registers five or more people. The larger your group, the more you save!

Number of registrants Discount
(per person)
1-4 n/a
5-9 $50
10-14 $100
15+ $150

Your group discount will be automatically applied when you register a group of 5 or more people. Registrations must be submitted on the same order (at the same time) to qualify for the group discount; discounts cannot be retroactively applied to previous orders. 

Group discounts apply to tickets for the Public Power Forward Virtual Summit, The Hope and the Hype: Making Sense of the Long-Awaited Hydrogen Economy; and to "Register for Both" tickets. ("Register for Both" tickets that qualify for the group discount will reflect the discount for each event). 

You can mix-and-match your tickets and still receive the group discount, as long as all registrations are submitted on the same order. For the purpose of qualifying for Group discounts, each "Register for Both" ticket counts as 1 registration. 

Cancellation, Refund and Substitution Policy

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before Thursday, November 25, 2021 are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after November 25, 2021 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2021 Public Power Forward Virtual Summit only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before November 25 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund of their registration fee.

Requests must be made in writing to: [email protected] 

Code of Conduct

Attendees of American Public Power Association meetings agree to abide by the APPA Code of Conduct. If attendees engage in unacceptable behavior as outlined in the Code of Conduct, the Association may take any action it deems appropriate, including, but not limited to, expulsion from the current and future meetings with no warning or refund.

Contact Us

Program Questions
[email protected]
202-467-2980

Registration Questions
[email protected]
202-467-2978

Billing Questions
[email protected]
202-467-2967

Sponsorship Inquiries
[email protected]
202-467-2926

Earn While You Learn!

Participate in online programs to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs), Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and Continuing Professional Education credits (CPEs). This course is eligible for the following credits:

Recommended CEUs .4/PDHs 3.5/CPEs 4.2
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

What educational credits are available?

You can earn the following kinds of continuing education credits for attending the live this event—provided the following requirements are met:

Requirements for Successful Completion

  • Attendees are required to attend and participate in 90% of the live session and complete an online evaluation at the end—that equates to 215 of the potential 240 minutes of the class.
  • Partial credit cannot be given for partial attendance
  • Attendance is monitored by an APPA staff member during the event, through an online report log, and upon review of the post-event evaluation data
  • Completion certificates will be emailed out within 2 weeks of the class (for those who meet the requirements). 
  • Virtual sessions are recorded (attendees automatically receive access to recordings within 1 week of the session), though continuing education credits can only be given for attending live events. Recordings will be accessible for 90 days after course.

IACET logoContinuing Education Units (CEUs): The American Public Power Association is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. For information regarding certification status, attendance requirements and obtaining attendee transcripts, contact [email protected] or 202-467-2965. Verify our IACET Accreditation.

CPE logoContinuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits: The American Public Power Association is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org. Unless noted, there are no prerequisites for the courses offered and no advance preparation is required. Courses are group-internet based offerings at the basic program level (unless otherwise noted). Credit hours and areas of study for the courses are listed on the individual course pages. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as clarification of requirements, complaints, and refunds, please contact [email protected]

Professional Development Hours (PDHs): The American Public Power Association’s educational practices are consistent with the criteria for awarding Professional Development Hours (PDHs) as established by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). Course eligibility and number of PDHs may vary by state.

Format and Log-In Information

This class will be offered on the Zoom meeting platform. Presented in a live 4-hour interactive session, featuring real-time presentation, polling questions, real-world examples, Q&A and group discussion.

  • You will receive your Zoom access link 24 hours in advance of the class from the APPA Academy <[email protected]>. Please reach out to [email protected] if you do not receive that email.

Communication

  • 24 hours before: 
    • You’ll receive your Zoom log in links the day before the class (sent from the APPA Academy’s Zoom account <[email protected]>)
    • You’ll also receive a final logistics email 24 hours in advance of the class (directly from the [email protected]). 
  • If you don’t receive this correspondence, email [email protected] or call 202-467-2965.

New to Zoom?

If you haven't participated in a Zoom meeting before, please download the Zoom web client from the Zoom Download Center. This will enable you to access all of the Zoom tools and functionality vs. using the web version. Then, visit Zoom.us/test to ensure you are able to join a meeting. 

If you are not able to download the Zoom web client, you can still participate via your Internet browser. We recommend using Chrome for the best results. If you use your Internet browser, your functionality may be more limited (for example, you will only be able to see one video feed at a time), and you will need to create a Zoom account. (account creation is a free and straightforward process, but you will want to do this in advance so you do not miss any part of the meeting).

  • Internet access: You will need a strong Internet connection to run the Zoom meeting platform. 
  • Audio and webcam: You will need to enable computer audio to listen and speak (alternatively a call-in number will be provided) and you will need a webcam to fully engage in the small group breakout exercises and discussions. 

Privacy and Security

The American Public Power Association takes your privacy and security very seriously. For this reason, we have put the following security measures in place for this course:

  • A random Meeting ID
  • Password-protected
  • Enabled waiting room to screen meeting participants
  • Restricted screen sharing to hosts only

Code of Conduct

Participants agree to abide by the APPA Code of Conduct. If participants engage in unacceptable behavior as outlined in the code, the Association may take any action it deems appropriate, including but not limited to, expulsion from the current and future meetings, with no warning or refund.

Questions?

Registration/Billing
Email: [email protected]

Schedule/Content/Accreditation
Email: [email protected]