The Biden administration is directing $7 billion from the bipartisan infrastructure law to build seven regional hydrogen power hubs in 16 states, reports Louisiana Illuminator. While the HALO Hydrogen Hub — of which Louisiana is a member — was not among the recipients, a hub based in Houston could “perhaps” involve the state, an administration official says.
The projects, each of which is a cluster of chemical plants that produce and process hydrogen fuel as an alternative to fossil fuels, will benefit the climate, the economy and U.S. energy security, administration officials told reporters Thursday. Officials previewed the announcement on the condition they not be named.
Congress approved the funding as part of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure law early in President Joe Biden’s term in 2021. Hydrogen fuel is an important part of the administration’s goal to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.
The projects will have assets in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey, Minnesota, South Dakota, Indiana, Michigan, Oregon, Washington, Montana, California, Delaware, Texas, North Dakota and Illinois.
The Biden administration projects the seven hubs will create tens of thousands of jobs and would prompt more than $40 billion in private investment. Read the full story from Louisiana Illuminator.