Wisconsin joins Midwest coalition for investment in hydrogen energy production

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Wisconsin will join six other Midwest states in a coalition to commit to developing a hydrogen energy economy, Gov. Tony Evers announced on Monday.

The Badger State will join other Midwest states, including Minnesota, Illinois and Michigan, to form the Midwestern Hydrogen Coalition, which is tasked to find opportunities to advance hydrogen production and use, the governor’s office said in a statement. Using hydrogen as a clean fuel source has the potential to be a key component of decarbonizing multiple sectors of Wisconsin’s economy, including transportation, agriculture and manufacturing, officials added.

When producedin away that emits little to no greenhouse gases,the fuel is referred to as “clean hydrogen,” officials added.

“We don’t have to choose between clean energy and clean air and creating good-paying jobs and a strong economy we can do both,” Evers said in a statement. “As we work to implement our state’s first-ever Clean Energy Plan, I’m proud to join this coalition of fellow Midwestern governors working together to accelerate clean hydrogen production, foster economic development and lower costs while reducing emissions from Wisconsin and our entire region.”

The Midwestern Hydrogen Coalition will apply to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which appropriated $8 billion in funds from the U.S. Department of Energy, to build a regional Hydrogen Hub as a network of hydrogen producers, consumers and connective infrastructure. Applications open in the fall.

The recently signed Inflation Reduction Act createda tax credit for hydrogen production to make clean hydrogen production more competitive with other methods of hydrogen production, which would benefit Wisconsin’s clean energy economy, officials said.

The coalition will expand economic opportunity, reduce harmful emissions, promote energy independence and lower long-term energy costs, officials said. Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana are all members.

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