From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
January 8, 2009
Contact: Tiffany Champion, (210) 733-6604

Senator Van de Putte Files Legislation to Expand Hydrogen Energy

(AUSTIN, TX) — Senator Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio) filed legislation to help encourage the use of hydrogen as an alternative energy source.

SB 380 allows the issuance of $250 million in general obligation bonds, which both public and private entities can apply for to help offset the cost of hydrogen projects. Although Texas has been a leader in wind energy production, it currently lacks incentives and the proper infrastructure to promote the production and use of hydrogen as a renewable energy source.

Hydrogen can be made from most energy sources today, including gas, wind and solar. It can also be stored, and it is completely carbon-free when produced from renewable resources.

"We've done some great work with wind energy in Texas, but it's time to expand our energy portfolio. This is an effective way to create jobs, stimulate the economy and reduce greenhouse gases," said Van de Putte.