The US Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Representative David McKinley (R-W.Va.-01) and Governor Jim Justice (R-W.Va.) welcomed Speaker of the House Roger Hanshaw, President of the Senate Craig Blair, Senate Minority Leader Stephen Baldwin and House Minority Leader Doug Skaff to the West Virginia Hydrogen Hub Coalition.
“Today’s announcement demonstrates yet another example of why our state is so well-suited to house a hydrogen hub, and that is our unity,” Senator Capito said. “West Virginia’s leaders – Democrat and Republican – are united around the potential we know is ready to be unleashed right here in our state when it comes to investing in and developing a hydrogen hub. I welcome Speaker Hanshaw, Senate President Blair, Minority Leader Baldwin, and Minority Leader Skaff to our Hydrogen Hub Working Group, and am looking forward to continuing our work that began with the passage of our bipartisan infrastructure bill and will hopefully lead to accomplishing our goal of creating jobs and transforming communities in West Virginia.”
“Today the West Virginia Hydrogen Hub Coalition welcomed members of the West Virginia Legislature leadership into the Coalition. As we work together to become the new home of a hydrogen hub funded by our bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, we are thrilled to have the West Virginia Legislature leadership join us in our efforts,” Chairman Manchin said. “With our abundant energy sources and strong partnerships, our state is uniquely situated to compete to develop a hydrogen hub. Our proposal showcases how West Virginia can continue to lead the country – and the world – in advancing energy technologies and bring good-paying jobs to the state. We will continue to work with stakeholders across West Virginia to bring a hydrogen hub to the Mountain State.”
“Our state’s elected leaders will play an integral role as members of the West Virginia Hydrogen Hub Coalition. Their knowledge of local and statewide issues, combined with a strong commitment to the success of our state, will allow West Virginia, and the surrounding region, to be a frontrunner for a regional hydrogen hub,” Representative McKinley said. “The Infrastructure Bill has given us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to modernize infrastructure that will support a regional hydrogen hub. Which means West Virginia, one of the country’s largest coal, gas and oil producers, can lead an all-of-the-above energy strategy that leverages the State’s existing resources while developing next generation technologies that support good jobs and energy security for the U.S. into the future.”
“I am happy to welcome our Legislative leadership to the West Virginia Hydrogen Hub Coalition. At the end of the day, we all want the same thing: goodness for West Virginia. And it’s clear that landing this hydrogen hub would take our state to heights that we’ve never seen before. That’s something we can all get behind,” Governor Justice said. “By pulling the rope together, we will demonstrate what West Virginians are capable of when we put our heads together to work toward a common goal. We will do everything in our collective power to prove that our state’s abundant resources, combined with a workforce possessing generations of expertise in the energy industry, makes West Virginia the best-suited place in the nation to unlock the full potential of this hydrogen hub and shepherd America toward an era of energy independence.”
“We are creating a new economy here in West Virginia, and we stand ready to do what we can to be sure the state is attractive to this project as well as many others,” West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Roger Hanshaw said. “We are providing options to meet the global economy’s demands, and I’m pleased to see our state in the running for the kinds of economic developments that will create generational change.”
“West Virginia is an energy state, and as we look to expand our strategy and portfolio into the next generation, I look forward to us being leaders in energy technology,” West VirginiaSenate President Blair said. “I am proud to support the development of a hydrogen hub in West Virginia.”
“West Virginia has historically been an energy state. For the sake of our future, we need to be a more diverse and cleaner energy state. Expanding the hydrogen market here would allow us to create jobs, produce energy for our own citizens to use, and build a more sustainable economy,” West Virginia Senate Minority Leader Baldwin said.
“West Virginia has a long history of powering this nation and bringing a hydrogen hub to the Mountain State will allow our hard-working families to be a part of powering our great nation far into the future. I am thrilled to join my colleagues in leading the nation in innovative energy technology and, most importantly, new employment opportunities in this industry,” West Virginia House Minority Leader Skaff said.