Biden-Harris Administration Announces Groundbreaking Initiative: America's First Clean Hydrogen Hubs
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in a landmark announcement, the Biden-Harris Administration unveiled plans to establish America's first clean hydrogen hubs, marking a pivotal moment in the nation's commitment to a sustainable energy future. With a dedicated funding of $7 billion, this initiative underscores the Administration's unwavering dedication to achieving a net-zero emissions economy by 2050.
The Department of Energy (DOE) will spearhead the development of these regional clean hydrogen hubs across the country. Designed to be epicenters of innovation, these hubs will focus on hydrogen production, consumption, and infrastructure development, promising to usher in a new era of clean energy and create thousands of well-paying jobs.
These regional hubs will serve a myriad of hydrogen applications, from its role in steel and cement production to its potential in transportation, and as a renewable energy source for homes and businesses. By harnessing the versatile power of hydrogen, the Administration aims to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, fortify energy security, and build a resilient energy system.
Executive Director of the United States Hydrogen Alliance, Roxana Bekemohammadi, commented on the monumental announcement, “The announcement of the regional clean hydrogen hubs marks a significant day for the history of the U.S. hydrogen economy. Today we look at these seven locations across the country as essentially early settlements for hydrogen pioneers. We will seed, sprout, and cultivate these regions to hold and express the true capacity of hydrogen in energy and transport applications.”
The hubs selected for negotiation are:
Appalachian Hydrogen Hub (Appalachian Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub (ARCH2); West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania)
California Hydrogen Hub (Alliance for Renewable Clean Hydrogen Energy Systems (ARCHES); California)
Gulf Coast Hydrogen Hub (HyVelocity H2Hub; Texas)
Heartland Hydrogen Hub (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota)
Mid-Atlantic Hydrogen Hub (Mid-Atlantic Clean Hydrogen Hub (MACH2); Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey)
Midwest Hydrogen Hub (Midwest Alliance for Clean Hydrogen (MachH2); Illinois, Indiana, Michigan)
Pacific Northwest Hydrogen Hub (PNW H2; Washington, Oregon, Montana)
Emphasizing the economic benefits, the White House highlighted the transformative potential of these hubs in revitalizing America's manufacturing sector. Beyond the creation of good-paying union jobs, there's a strong commitment to ensuring that the benefits of clean energy are equitably distributed.
In addition to the federal investment, the Administration is actively encouraging public-private partnerships, recognizing the private sector's crucial role in the success of these hubs.
Our organization understands the challenges that come with deploying these projects on the ground. To help combat these challenges, we expanded our organization nationally December 7, 2021, after the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Bipartisan Infrastructure Law) was signed into law by the Biden administration on November 15, 2021. We aim to clear any potential political hurdles and help remove the red tape to ensure these projects are successfully deployed, and the pathway is clear for the hydrogen industry.
Our Second Annual Hydrogen Policy Leader's Convention will educate policymakers on the importance of these hydrogen projects in their states. The convention titled "How Hydrogen Can Save America: Facts Not Fear," is the only platform where high-level discussions on the hydrogen hubs will take place, involving local, state, and federal policymakers from all 50 states. The gathering promises to be a nexus of knowledge, bringing together hydrogen industry leaders, energy policy experts, and policymakers to collaboratively set the 2024 hydrogen agenda.
The hydrogen industry, and therefore our organization, is experiencing hurdles with recent state policies that hinder the hydrogen industry and do not support the development of these hydrogen hubs. After the convention, we will be doing a State of the Union report, which will be released at the end of the year to showcase what the policymakers who attended our convention learned from our discussions.
Today's announcement has been met with widespread acclaim from industry leaders, environmental advocates, and policymakers, solidifying its significance in shaping America's sustainable future. We are excited to support the hydrogen industry with this monumental announcement and look forward to a more promising future for hydrogen.
For more details on today's announcement and the broader clean energy initiatives of the Biden-Harris Administration, please visit the link below.
About the United States Hydrogen Alliance (USHA):
USHA is a 501(c) (6) business trade association of original equipment manufacturers, technology providers, utilities, and public entities. The organization is focused on the accelerated deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in the transportation sector, including fuel cell electric vehicles in hard-to-electrify applications like trucking, busing, locomotive, aviation, maritime, and off-road equipment. Our association also supports the use of hydrogen in commercial and industrial sectors, including long-term energy storage that supports renewable electricity generation, desulfurization of crude oil, fertilizer production, decarbonization of steel, glass, cement, and other industries that currently require natural gas. USHA assists states in developing impactful, pragmatic, realizable hydrogen and fuel cell policies that can serve this important industry.