California Awarded Up to $1.2 Billion for Hydrogen Development
President Biden and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm just announced the recipients of $7 billion in funding for clean hydrogen development, awarded to seven Hydrogen Hubs around the country. California’s Hydrogen Hub proposal received one of the biggest awards and is the only Hydrogen Hub focused entirely on renewable hydrogen that is generated from waste biomass or renewable electricity. The California Hydrogen Hub – known as ARCHES (Alliance for Renewable Clean Hydrogen Energy Systems) – will provide a blueprint for decarbonizing public transportation, heavy duty trucking, port operations, and more —key emissions drivers in the state and sources of air pollution that are among the hardest to decarbonize. The California Hydrogen Hub has also committed to requiring Project Labor Agreements for all projects connected to the hub, which will expand opportunities for disadvantaged communities and create an expected 220,000 direct jobs—130,000 in construction jobs and 90,000 permanent jobs.