Tallgrass Energy LP has closed on the purchase of a 75% membership interest in Escalante H2 Power (EH2 Power), the company said on Aug. 9.

EH2 Power is developing a first-of-its-kind hydrogen-to-power project at Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc.’s Escalante Generating Station near Prewitt, New Mexico, by converting the retired coal-fired power plant into a clean hydrogen-fired power generating facility.

“Our acquisition of a 75 percent membership interest in EH2 Power further advances our overall hydrogen development and clean energy infrastructure strategy,” William R. Moler, Tallgrass CEO, said. “We believe the Escalante Station is uniquely positioned to be a proving ground for hydrogen-to-power in the U.S. We look forward to working with Tri-State, Newpoint, the local community, and stakeholders throughout New Mexico on this exciting project.”

Tallgrass acquired its membership interest in EH2 Power from Denver-based Brooks Energy Co. The ownership of Newpoint Gas LLC will retain a 25% membership interest in EH2 Power and continue to partner with Tallgrass in EH2’s development of the hydrogen conversion project at the Escalante Station.

"This marks another step forward for New Mexico’s push into a thriving clean energy future, one that builds new opportunities for communities transitioning toward new horizons," said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. "New Mexico has what it takes to become an international hydrogen hub, furthering our decarbonization and climate efforts while creating quality jobs for New Mexicans."