Duncan McPherson comments in Hydrogen Economist on British Columbia’s comprehensive hydrogen strategy. He explains that, "many regulatory changes are needed to lay the foundation for a successful hydrogen industry in the province. The two most important changes are regulations to allow carbon capture and storage to open the door for blue hydrogen production in the province, and regulations to provide water rights to green hydrogen projects since electrolysers need a lot of water.”
Duncan adds that B.C. has world-class natural gas reserves and geological storage potential and, over time, should be able to produce huge amounts of blue hydrogen for the provincial and export markets. He says, “At the same time, B.C.—and the same goes for Alberta and Quebec—will be able to leverage existing infrastructure to ship low-carbon hydrogen to international markets. The pipelines and rail and ports provide these provinces with a great advantage. Vancouver and Montreal are Canada’s two largest port cities.”
Bennett Jones analyzed British Columbia’s comprehensive hydrogen strategy in our summary of the announcement made in early July 2021.