Tom Banse

Correspondent Tom Banse is an Olympia-based reporter with more than three decades of experience covering Washington and Oregon state government, public policy, business, and breaking news stories. 

Could a Hydrogen Plant Rise out of a Retired Whatcom County Smelter?

A federal report warned producers who make green hydrogen through electrolysis — as contemplated by all the potential Northwest projects — need to avoid cannibalizing renewable electric supply that would otherwise be used to help other industries transition to clean power.