Wisconsin joins three other states in plan to develop ‘clean hydrogen hub’

MADISON (WKBT) — Wisconsin will join Minnesota, Montana and North Dakota for an initiative to advance hydrogen production and use.

Hydrogen can be used in a fuel cell, only producing water as a byproduct. In a statement released Wednesday, Gov. Tony Evers’ (D) office said clean hydrogen production “has the potential to be a key component of decarbonizing multiple sectors of Wisconsin’s economy, including transportation, agriculture, manufacturing, and other industries.”

Evers, along with the governors of the other three states signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop the “Heartland Hydrogen Hub” with the goal of obtaining federal funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. A total of $7 billion is available through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to create regional clean hydrogen hubs across the country.

“Clean hydrogen has the potential to play a key role in our clean energy efforts here in Wisconsin and across the country, and I’m proud to be working together with this bipartisan group of governors to do the right thing for our states’ futures,” said Gov. Evers.

According to their statement, the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act offers tax credits for hydrogen production, which the governor’s office says will make clean hydrogen production more competitive with other methods of hydrogen production.