Four of Seven ‘Clean Hydrogen’ Hubs Will Use Fossil Fuels

Environmental groups warn that hydrogen fuel produced with fossil gas could entrench the oil & gas industry for decades.

Four of Seven ‘Clean Hydrogen’ Hubs Will Use Fossil Fuels
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, presides over a hearing on February 16, 2023. (Kevin Diestch / Getty Images)

The Biden administration recently announced its selection of seven regional “clean hydrogen” hubs across the country, four of which will generate power by burning fossil gas. 

The regional hydrogen hubs, authorized by the bipartisan infrastructure law and awarded $7 billion in funding by the Department of Energy, are intended to scale up the hydrogen fuel industry, which is meant to be a source of cleaner energy for hard-to-decarbonize sectors like transportation and steelmaking. 

The hubs aim to facilitate the growth of projects that will take advantage of a new tax credit known as "45V" for the production of hydrogen fuel with far less emissions than current practices.