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West Virginia Hydrogen Hub Coalition Takes Next Step to Secure Hub in West Virginia

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West Virginia Hydrogen Hub Coalition submits official response to U.S. Department of Energy to compete for 1 of at least 4 hydrogen hubs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Representative David McKinley (R-W.Va.-01), and Governor Jim Justice (R-W.Va.) submitted the West Virginia Hydrogen Hub Working Coalition’s official response to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) first step in the process to select winning hydrogen hubs funded by the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

“The proposal to participate in the Department of Energy’s Hydrogen Hub submitted today makes the case for something many of us know already: that West Virginia is well-suited to be a national leader in emerging energy production both now and in the future,” Senator Capito said. “Along with a prepared workforce, economic infrastructure, and geographic advantages, our state has a history of being an energy powerhouse with a proven ability to adapt and export both fossil fuels and renewable resources, including hydropower, wind, and solar. This is yet another opportunity for our state created through our Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and I’m proud of the proposal we, as members of the Hydrogen Hub Coalition, put forth on behalf of workers and families across West Virginia.”

“Today the West Virginia Hydrogen Hub Working Group officially submitted our proposal to participate in the competition to become the new home of one of at least four hydrogen hubs funded by our bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act,” Senator Manchin said. “With our abundant energy sources and strong partnerships, our state is uniquely situated to compete to develop a hydrogen hub. I am incredibly proud of the efforts of our bipartisan group to put forward a great proposal that showcases how West Virginia can continue to lead the country – and the world – in advancing energy technologies and bring good-paying jobs to the state. West Virginia has a long history of powering our great nation, and the West Virginia Hydrogen Hub Coalition is our opportunity to power the future right here in the Mountain State.”

“As one of the country’s largest coal, gas and oil producers, West Virginia has always been a leader on energy. This proposal, establishing the West Virginia Hydrogen Hub Coalition, will engage key energy stakeholders that will ensure West Virginia remains a leader on energy in the future and is a frontrunner to be named a hydrogen hub,” Representative McKinley said. “As a result of the infrastructure bill, West Virginia is well positioned to become a regional hydrogen hub and a center for emerging energy innovation and jobs. This would preserve our role as a leading producer of reliable energy, which has been a way of life for over a century. This designation would also solidify West Virginia’s all-of-the-above energy strategy by leading innovative, practical approaches to utilizing existing energy resources, developing next generation technologies and creating jobs.”

“West Virginia is the place where this all-important hydrogen hub belongs. As one the world’s energy powerhouses for generations, West Virginia has long served as the home of all kinds of cutting-edge technological advances in energy production, thanks to our rich natural resources and our skilled and dedicated workforce,” Governor Justice said. “I truly believe that, after reading our official response, the decision makers at the DOE will agree that West Virginia is the dream landing spot for this hydrogen hub to flourish at heights not possible anywhere else. I thank everyone on our team – Senator Manchin, Senator Capito, and Representative McKinley; by pulling the rope together, we will make this incredible opportunity a reality.”

On February 15, 2022, Senators Capito and Manchin, Representative McKinley, and Governor Justice announced the launch of the West Virginia Hydrogen Hub Coalition to collaborate and support a strong West Virginia candidate to be chosen to develop a hydrogen hub, funded through $9.5 billion allocated to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) by the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

On February 25, 2022, Senators Capito and Manchin, Representative McKinley, and Governor Justice convened the initial organizing meeting of the West Virginia Hydrogen Hub Coalition.

The recently passed bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act included $9.5 billion for hydrogen, including $8 billion for Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs that will jumpstart the production, transport, and use of clean hydrogen across the U.S. economy; $1 billion for a Clean Hydrogen Electrolysis Program to reduce costs of hydrogen produced from clean electricity; and $500 million for Clean Hydrogen Manufacturing and Recycling initiatives to support equipment manufacturing and strong domestic supply chains. The legislation also requires one hub be located in Appalachia as the largest natural gas producing region.

DOE previously announced two Requests for Information (RFI) to collect feedback from stakeholders to inform the implementation and design of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Regional Hydrogen Hub and the Electrolysis and Clean Hydrogen Manufacturing and Recycling Programs. This is the first step in the clean hydrogen hub selection process.

The proposal to participate can be found here.

Photos of the submission signing can be found here.

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