LETTER: Pennsylvania can lead in clean energy

As the U.S. Department of Energy prepares to announce its funding decisions for hydrogen hub projects, Pennsylvania finds itself on the verge of a transformative energy future. Our state’s three proposed hydrogen hubs – including the Appalachian Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub in the Greater Pittsburgh region – demonstrate our state’s potential to be a leader in the nation’s clean energy transition.

These proposed hydrogen hub projects hold immense promise for our state’s economy. And with between $8 billion and $10 billion in federal funding at stake, securing support for these projects is vital. If funded, they will create new jobs, stimulate innovation, and establish Pennsylvania as a nexus for clean energy. Moreover, the integration of hydrogen across various sectors will enhance sustainability and create a more resilient energy infrastructure. Pennsylvania’s hydrogen hub initiatives also offer significant environmental benefits as they will contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality.

Pennsylvania’s advantage lies in its well-established energy infrastructure. Our extensive network of pipelines, storage facilities, and distribution systems provides a solid foundation for efficient hydrogen transportation. By leveraging our existing infrastructure and strategically expanding it, we can ensure Pennsylvania is a leader in hydrogen technology.

As the funding decisions approach, let us recognize Pennsylvania’s potential to shape the energy landscape of tomorrow. By investing in hydrogen technology, we can lead the way in the transition to clean energy, bringing economic growth and environmental benefits to our great state.

Jeff Kotula


Kotula is the president of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Promotion Agency.

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