California secures billions in funding for clean hydrogen projects, boosting jobs and reducing carbon emissions

October 13, 2023 /

Today, the office of Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California will receive up to $1.2 billion from the United States Department of Energy to accelerate the development and deployment of clean renewable hydrogen, which will be critical to cutting pollution and expanding the clean energy economy statewide. 

“Today we are moving from concept to reality – advancing clean, renewable hydrogen in California which is essential to meeting our climate goals,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. “We would not be here without President Biden’s leadership and his signature Bipartisan Infrastructure Law which has served as a catalyst for the nation in addressing climate change. California’s Hydrogen Hub will cut pollution, power our clean energy economy, and create hundreds of thousands of good paying jobs.”

This funding will be used to build or expand upon hydrogen projects that will power public transportation, heavy-duty trucks, port operations, and more. It will also leverage the state’s leadership in clean energy technology to produce hydrogen exclusively from renewable energy and biomass.

In April, California submitted an application through the Alliance for Renewable Clean Hydrogen Energy Systems (ARCHES), a statewide public-private partnership to build the framework for California’s renewable, clean hydrogen hub.

“Today’s announcement is an extraordinary investment not just in California’s future, but for the entire country,” said Angelina Galiteva, CEO of ARCHES. “ARCHES is honored to have been chosen for such substantial funding, and we are eager to get to work to bring cutting-edge projects to life up and down the state. We are grateful to President Biden and to Secretary Granholm for their dedication to a clean hydrogen future, and we look forward to rolling up our sleeves and working with our partners to advance a zero-carbon economy in a just and equitable manner that will improve the quality of life for millions of Californians.”

The Governor’s office stated that this is important because these developments will:

  • Cuts up to 2 million metric tons of carbon emissions every year – equivalent to the pollution of 445,000 gasoline-powered cars annually;
  • Creates an estimated 220,000 new jobs, including 130,000 in construction and 90,000 permanent jobs;
  • Estimated $2.95 billion per year in economic value from better health and health cost savings;
  • 40 percent of the benefits from projects will flow to disadvantaged communities.

“The production and implementation of clean, renewable hydrogen is essential to fully decarbonize our region’s industries, foster clean energy job growth, and meet California’s ambitious carbon neutrality goals,” said U.S. Senator Alex Padilla. “This monumental federal investment in the ARCHES H2 Hub will bring together leaders from across government, industry, labor unions, national labs, NGOs, and more to jumpstart the market for renewable hydrogen and establish a sustainable, clean Hydrogen Hub by 2030. The project will bring tens of thousands of good-paying jobs, cleaner air, and reduced fuel costs to our state — all while focusing their work on environmental justice and equity for disadvantaged communities. Today marks a significant and decisive investment in our green economy, and I am proud to see California and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law pave the way to a clean energy future.”

Governor Newsom has directed GO-Biz to develop California’s Hydrogen Market Development Strategy. In the past, Dee Dee Myers, the Senior Advisor to the Governor and Director of GO-Biz, has stated that hydrogen has the potential to not only grow the State’s economy but also clean the air, create family-supporting jobs, and lead the nation’s clean energy transition.

“This award is a testament to California’s unrivaled commitment to a carbon-neutral future,” said Myers. “There is no better place to showcase the benefits of clean, renewable hydrogen – and the role it can play in decarbonizing our economy while creating green jobs and sustainable business at scale. This critical funding will help California build a system of hydrogen projects to integrate renewable energy into our economy.” 

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Victoria Rodgers

Victoria Rodgers is an editor and reporter for Kern Sol News. Born in Bakersfield, CA, she received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Rockford University in Illinois. She can be reached at