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PHOENIX — Nikola Corporation came to an agreement on a special electricity rate from Arizona Public Service Co. in order to facilitate construction of hydrogen fueling stations for trucks.

According to a press release, Nikola representatives said that the planned hydrogen production facilities would be responsive to the electric grid, including reduced energy consumption during heat waves.

“Through this agreement, Nikola is assured a reliable source of electricity that will allow us to commence the development of hydrogen production facilities to serve the fueling needs of our truck customers,” said Nikola President of Energy and Commercial Pablo Koziner.

Previously, Nikola had stated intentions for a network of hundreds of hydrogen fueling stations between Los Angeles and Phoenix along the Interstate 10 corridor. California already has several dozen publicly accessible fueling stations; currently, Arizona has none, but Nikola and APS are working to finalize a site selection for the state’s first hydrogen production facility.

“For decades, hydrogen has been a promising, but elusive, source of clean energy for both the transportation and power sectors. We simply haven’t done enough to bring hydrogen to the mainstream,” said ACC Chairwoman Lea Márquez Peterson. “As we begin to enter a new energy economy, however, I want to ensure that we take all steps necessary to promote Arizona’s gradual and innovative move towards decarbonization. By supporting this application, we are doing exactly that.”

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Aaron Dorman is a reporter covering Coolidge and the surrounding area. He can be reached at adorman@pinalcentral.com.