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Energy Security: Sen. Ossoff’s Push to Establish Southeast Hydrogen Infrastructure Gains Momentum

Regional coalition will bid for major hydrogen energy infrastructure through Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

In May, Sen. Ossoff convened Georgia business and research leaders to plan Georgia’s bid

In June, Sen. Ossoff led Georgia businesses, universities, transportation agencies, and environmentalists in support of a Georgia bid

Atlanta, Ga. — U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff’s push to strengthen energy security with hydrogen energy infrastructure for Georgia is gaining momentum.

In May, Sen. Ossoff convened Georgia business and research leaders to plan Georgia’s development of hydrogen energy infrastructure through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Then, in June, Sen. Ossoff led a coalition of Georgia energy companies, universities, public transportation agencies, and clean energy advocates in support of a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy. Last week, Sen. Ossoff’s office convened key partners in Camden County to discuss coastal Georgia’s vital role in this cutting-edge energy infrastructure.

Today, a regional business coalition announced it would bid to establish hydrogen energy infrastructure across Georgia and the Southeast through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, strengthening energy independence and economic growth.

“I have been leading this effort because advanced hydrogen energy infrastructure will strengthen Georgia’s energy security and help Georgia businesses and families thrive,” said Sen. Ossoff.

The coalition includes Battelle, Southern Company, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Louisville Gas & Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company (LG&E and KU), and others.

“Southern Company views hydrogen as a powerful opportunity to provide an energy system that is abundant, affordable, reliable and resilient in a net-zero future,” said Chris Cummiskey, executive vice president, chief commercial officer and customer solutions officer, Southern Company. “With the nation’s leading utilities forming a solid, customer-centered foundation, the Southeast Hydrogen Hub promises to become a new catalyst for economic development and growth, while bringing broad, economywide decarbonization to the customers and communities we serve.”

“TVA is committed to our mission of service that makes life better for the people we serve,” said Dr. Joe Hoagland, vice president, TVA Innovation & Research. “As a member of the Southeast Hydrogen Hub coalition with Battelle and the Southeast’s premier energy providers, we are equipped and ready to maximize development of hydrogen as a much-needed alternative fuel. Hydrogen will be crucial for accelerating the transition to clean power so we can meet the demand for low-carbon energy throughout our region and across the country.”

“This team has a lot of strong players, and we think Battelle’s expertise and long history of operating large complex programs for the Department of Energy and other federal agencies can help uniquely position this team for success to address the critical issue of creating a clean energy future,” said Matt Vaughan, president of Battelle’s Applied Science and Technology.

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