Neilson applauds Biden administration’s historic investment in Pennsylvania for hydrogen production

State Rep. Ed Neilson, D-Phila., who serves as chairman of the House Oil and Gas Caucus, applauded the Biden Administration’s announcement today that two hydrogen hub projects in Pennsylvania were selected to receive a portion of $7 billion in federal grants to accelerate the domestic market for low-cost, clean hydrogen. 

“I was proud to stand next to President Biden today as he made this historic announcement,” 

Neilson said. “I want to thank the Biden Administration for not only choosing Pennsylvania but investing in our future.”  

Biden and Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm announced today at an event in Philadelphia that a total of seven regional hubs have been awarded $7 billion as part of the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, signed by Biden in 2021.  

Two of the selected regional hubs will serve Pennsylvania. 

The first regional hub is the Mid-Atlantic Hydrogen Hub located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. The project will receive up to $750 million in federal grants, enabling it to create more than 20,000 jobs for residents in those states.  

The other project located in Pennsylvania is the Appalachian Hydrogen Hub. In addition to Pennsylvania, it will also include West Virginia and Ohio. This hub will receive up to $925 million in federal grants, which will create approximately 21,000 jobs.  

“This federal investment will bring thousands of family sustaining, union jobs to Pennsylvania and the greater Philadelphia region,” Neilson said. “As chairman of the Oil and Gas Caucus, I am both proud and excited that Pennsylvania was selected for this nationwide, competitive initiative.” 

States covered by the five other regional hubs selected by the Biden Administration include California, Texas, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Washington, Oregon and Montana. 

Collectively, the seven regional hubs aim to produce more than 3 million metric tons of clean hydrogen per year and eliminate 25 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions from end uses each year -- an amount roughly equivalent to the combined annual emissions of over 5.5 million gasoline powered cars.