Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce New Midwest Hydrogen Hub for Clean Energy Manufacturing and Jobs

Hub Made Possible by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Friday, October 13, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced a new Midwest Hydrogen Hub to produce clean hydrogen. The project, which the Department of Energy selected for a federal investment of up to $1 billion, will create jobs and position Michigan as a leader in the new clean energy economy. 

Hydrogen is a clean fuel that can be used to generate electricity, power vehicles, and heat homes and businesses without producing the harmful carbon emissions that are the root cause of the climate crisis. The Hub is one of seven regional clean hydrogen hubs selected to receive funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The Act was signed into law on November 15, 2021.

“Michigan is home to the best manufacturers in the world, ground-breaking transformative technologies, and world-class research institutions that are already leading the transition to a clean energy economy,” said Senator Stabenow. “Today’s announcement is welcome news that will help us win the clean energy race, tackle the climate crisis, and create more good-paying jobs here in Michigan.”

“The Midwest Hydrogen Hub presents Michigan with an exciting opportunity to support job growth in our advanced manufacturing sector and reduce our carbon emissions,” said Senator Peters. “I advocated for this important investment because Michigan has the talent and expertise to be a leader in the clean energy economy.”

The Midwest Hydrogen Hub will be located in a key U.S. industrial and transportation corridor and will enable decarbonization through strategic hydrogen uses including steel and glass production, power generation, refining, heavy-duty transportation, and sustainable aviation fuel. The Hydrogen Hub plans to produce hydrogen by leveraging diverse and abundant energy sources. The Midwest Hydrogen Hub anticipates creating 13,600 direct jobs—12,100 construction jobs and 1,500 permanent jobs. Senator Stabenow sent a letter to U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm in support of the hub in June.

Working with Republicans and Democrats, Senators Stabenow and Peters were instrumental in passing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The Act is transformational for Michigan. It includes unprecedented funding to rebuild our long-neglected roads and bridges, keep our drinking water safe, bring high-speed internet to Michigan communities, invest in electric vehicles, modernize the Soo Locks, and make the largest single investment ever in the Great Lakes. The Act also strengthens our Buy American laws.

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