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Sen. Ossoff Leads Historic Coalition Push for Hydrogen Energy Investments in Georgia & the Southeast

Sen. Ossoff brings together historic coalition of private and public sector industry leaders pushing for clean energy investments in Georgia

Signees include Georgia Power, Hyundai, UPS, Metro Atlanta Chamber, Delta Air Lines, Georgia Ports Authority

Sen. Ossoff briefed local leaders in April about hydrogen opportunities for Georgia through the bipartisan infrastructure law

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff is leading a historic coalition to bring new hydrogen energy investments to Georgia and the Southeast.

Today, Sen. Ossoff led a coalition of energy companies, universities, public transportation agencies, and clean energy advocates in support of a bid to win competitive grant funding to make investments in clean hydrogen technology, production, storage, and more.

On Monday, the Department of Energy launched the Hydrogen Hub program, an $8 billion competitive grant program through the bipartisan infrastructure law that will jumpstart massive clean energy investments nationwide.

In April, Sen. Ossoff briefed leaders on the new hydrogen opportunities in the bipartisan infrastructure law and brought key stakeholders to begin plans for Georgia’s role in a regional hydrogen hub.

“We, the undersigned universities, companies, nonprofits, and other leaders, join together to advocate for Georgia’s inclusion in a regional Hydrogen Hub as designated by the Department of Energy,” Sen. Ossoff and the group wrote to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm. “The Hydrogen Hub program created under the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act presents a unique opportunity to grow Georgia’s economy, expand the state’s role as a leader in clean energy development, and lower energy costs for consumers. We share an understanding of Georgia’s transportation, logistics, energy, manufacturing and research assets and will collaborate in developing the strongest possible proposal for a Southeast regional hub centered around Georgia.”

The letter was signed by the following leaders:

  • Sen. Jon Ossoff
  • Mayor Andre Dickens, City of Atlanta
  • Bentina Terry, Senior Vice President of Customer Strategy and Solutions, Georgia Power
  • Robert Hood, Vice President, Government Affairs, Hyundai
  • Michael Kiely, President, U.S. Government Affairs, UPS  
  • Katie Kirkpatrick, President & CEO, Metro Atlanta Chamber
  • Amelia DeLuca, Vice President, Sustainability, Delta Air Lines
  • David Alonso, Senior Vice President, U.S. Sales Power, Mitsubishi
  • Balram “B” Bheodari, Aviation General Manager, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  • Pedro Cherry, President and CEO, Atlanta Gas and Light
  • Dr. Chaouki Abdallah, Executive Vice President for Research, Georgia Institute of Technology  
  • Tim Cortes, Chief Technology Officer, Plug Power
  • Faye DiMassimo, CEO, Chatham Area Transit
  • Collie Greenwood, Interim General Manager and Chief Executive Officer, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
  • Johnathan Holladay, Vice President, Government Programs, LanzaTech
  • Frank Morris, Executive Director, Clean Cities Georgia
  • James C. McCurry, Jr., Chief Administrative Officer, Georgia Ports Authority   
  • Kenneth J. Nemeth, Southern States Energy Board, Secretary and Executive Director
  • Dr. Olugbemiga Olatidoye, Director, Center for Alternative, Renewable Energy, Technology and Training, Clark Atlanta University
  • Andrea Pinabell, CEO and Founder, AC Impact Advisors
  • Dan Raudebaugh, Exectutive Director, Center for Transportation and the Environment                   
  • Jimmy Samartzis, CEO, LanzaJet
  • Aimee Skrzekut, President, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance     
  • David Sorrick, Executive Vice President and COO, Oglethorpe Power

Click here to read the coalition’s letter of intent.

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