The federal government is allocating up to $7 billion to build six to 10 hydrogen hubs across the country — and Pennsylvania lawmakers want in.
What are hydrogen hubs?
Hydrogen is a clean alternative to natural gas. Hydrogen is the most abundant chemical element, but it’s very scarce as a gas. More than 95% of hydrogen currently made in the U.S. is produced in a way that results in significant emissions.
But there's a better way. Clean hydrogen can be generated from zero-emissions options like wind, solar, geothermal, and nuclear. Hydrogen hubs would be regional clusters of facilities that would make the hydrogen, store it, and regulate its distribution.
Why is there so much buzz about it?
State lawmakers are excited about bringing billions of dollars to Pennsylvania — and with that money, tax credits, political clout, and short- and long-term jobs for locals. The Biden Administration sees these hubs as a way to reach global climate goals.
What are the downsides?
Some environmental advocates worry that without the right state regulations in place, these hydrogen hubs won’t be as environmentally friendly as they seem.