Letter: Back hydrogen hub development in Pa.

PEIA member Jim Snell, business manager, Steamfitters Local Union 420, sent the following letter to the editor of the Delco Times:


Pennsylvania’s proposed hydrogen hub projects, including the Mid-Atlantic Clean Hydrogen Hub (MACH2) in our region, have the potential to revolutionize our energy sector and make our state a leader in clean energy.

With the U.S. Department of Energy’s funding decisions approaching, it is imperative that Pennsylvania secures the necessary resources to establish these hubs.

By capitalizing on Pennsylvania’s abundant natural gas resources, these projects can drive economic growth, create jobs, and position our state as an energy powerhouse.

It’s a unique opportunity, too. Pennsylvania’s existing energy infrastructure gives us a competitive advantage.

Our well-developed pipeline network provides a solid foundation for efficient hydrogen distribution, setting us apart from other states. By leveraging our infrastructure and expanding it strategically, we can accelerate the adoption of hydrogen technology and foster a resilient energy system.

The potential benefits of Pennsylvania’s hydrogen hub initiatives extend beyond our borders.

By embracing hydrogen as a clean energy source, we can significantly reduce emissions, improve air quality, and contribute to global decarbonization efforts. Transitioning to hydrogen in sectors like transportation, power generation, and industrial processes will pave the way for a sustainable and greener future.

As the U.S. Department of Energy prepares to make funding decisions, Pennsylvania’s commitment to clean energy and hydrogen innovation is crucial.

By securing federal support for our hydrogen hub projects, we can solidify our position as a leader in the next generation of energy and pave the way for a prosperous and sustainable future.

Jim Snell,
Haverford Township
business manager, Steamfitters Local Union 420