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Pennsylvania proposed as a cleaner energy hydrogen hub

Pennsylvania is taking steps to become a hydrogen hub for cleaner energy, expanded economic opportunities and job creation.

Gov. Tom Wolf announced that industries across the state are starting initiatives to decarbonize by using hydrogen technologies, a clean fuel that is expected to reduce greenhouse gasses.

Emphasis is on the deployment of clean hydrogen and carbon capture, utilization and storage technologies, according to a press release.

The purpose is to create a regional ecosystem to achieve decarbonization, to transition to clean hydrogen and to ensure the state’s competitiveness in attracting investment and creating jobs in all parts of its economy.

“As governor of Pennsylvania, I have long prioritized energy policy that moves us towards a cleaner energy future, while also creating good paying energy sector jobs,” Wolf said.

“As a national leader in energy and manufacturing with a strong workforce, Pennsylvania is primed for this opportunity to lead the transition to a new energy,” he said.

The plan received bipartisan support from a state lawmaker serving greater Williamsport.

“The hydrogen hub proposal is a good opportunity for collaboration,” said state Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township.

The state is working with energy, organized labor, and environmental stakeholders to ensure that the U.S. Department of Energy invests in Pennsylvania.

Twenty-four industry, organized labor, and non-profit stakeholders signed onto a declaration signaling their commitment.

This can likely happen with funding under the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), the Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs initiative, according to the press release.

It is part of President Joe Biden

Administration’s effort to create good paying energy jobs by expanding the use of clean energy.

“I am glad the governor agrees that Pennsylvania must continue leading the way on energy development and his plan to decarbonize our industrial sector using clean hydrogen is an excellent complement to my own legislation that would establish our state as a hub for carbon capture and sequestration,” Yaw said.

“I am encouraged by his recognition of Pennsylvania’s vast natural resources and robust energy production and hope that we can work together to put our state at the forefront of this emerging industry,” Yaw continued.

“We must prioritize energy and climate policies that work in harmony and boost economic growth, create jobs and make Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work for decades to come,” Yaw said.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes $8 billion for at least four Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs to expand the use of clean hydrogen in the industrial sector. The BIL requires that at least two of the hubs be located in regions of the United States with the greatest natural gas resources, such as Pennsylvania. Pursuing this opportunity may promote the creation of clean jobs in the state.

Biden has called for significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

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