CTE Celebrates ARCHES' Selection as California's Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub

October 13, 2023

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CTE Celebrates ARCHES' Selection as California's Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub

California - The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) is thrilled to celebrate the selection of The Alliance for Renewable Clean Hydrogen Energy Systems (ARCHES), a statewide hydrogen hub initiative in California, as a key recipient of funding from the Department of Energy's Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs program.

Overseen by the DOE, the competitive selection process saw 79 applicants submitting letters of interest in 2022 and full proposals in early April 2023. President Biden announced Friday, October 13, that the $7 billion in available federal grants has been awarded to seven projects, including ARCHES. Furthermore, the administration has allocated additional funding through production tax credits for hydrogen producers, bolstering the industry's growth and sustainability.

This announcement marks a significant step toward the nation's ambitious goal of producing 50 million metric tons of clean hydrogen fuel by 2050. The Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs program, established as part of the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, aims to create a network of hydrogen producers, consumers, and infrastructure to accelerate the use of hydrogen in multiple carbon-intensive sectors, including transportation, and catalyze a wave of new investments from both public and private sectors. California alone has targeted over 500 tons per day of clean, renewable hydrogen by 2030, and ultimately, over 47,000 tons per day by 2045.

CTE is proud to be a founding partner of ARCHES and to play a key role in its success. As part of the ARCHES team, CTE plans to lead the 1,000-Bus Initiative, which would deploy more than 1,000 Fuel Cell Electric Buses in California. In addition to managing the 1,000-Bus Initiative, CTE will assist with the deployment of thousands of Class 8 Fuel Cell Electric trucks and supporting infrastructure.

"The selection of ARCHES as a recipient of the Biden administration's Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs initiative is a momentous occasion," said CTE Executive Director, Dan Raudebaugh. "The Hydrogen Hub Program is a critical step in the nation's transition to a clean energy future, and ARCHES is well-positioned to play a leading role in this effort."

CTE is committed to working with ARCHES and other partners to make the Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs program a success. We believe that hydrogen has the potential to play a major role in building a clean, equitable, and prosperous future for California and for the nation.

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