An Oregon renewable energy company has signed an agreement with the Grant County Public Utility District in Ephrata, Wash., to design a power plant that would be fueled by renewable hydrogen from water.

The plant would mark a key step in Obsidian Renewables’ efforts to build a Pacific Northwest Hydrogen Hub. The $3 billion hub would produce up to 360 metric tons of hydrogen per day. The gas could be used to generate electricity.

Ken Dragoon

Ken Dragoon

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I have been covering wheat and other topics for Capital Press since 2008. Recent stories include emus, radicchio, aphids, Q&As with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, National Association of Wheat Growers president Nicole Berg of Paterson, Wash., and national FFA president Cole Baerlocher, of Colfax, Wash; and a look at umami, or savoriness, the fifth basic taste sensation. If you have a news tip, please contact me at 509-688-9923 or

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