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Secretive Hydrogen Hub Talks Test Energy Agency Community Plans

Summary

The Biden administration's negotiations with hydrogen industry leaders on legally binding commitments for its $8 billion hydrogen hub program are facing challenges due to the secretive nature of the talks. The Energy Department is engaging in private discussions with seven regional hydrogen hubs, aiming to secure commitments for tens of thousands of new jobs and reduced emissions, essential for gaining community support and achieving environmental justice goals. However, environmental justice advocates express concerns over the lack of transparency in these negotiations, with details kept confidential. The hydrogen hub model, vital for clean energy programs, involves demonstrating technologies and building infrastructure to produce, transport, and consume hydrogen within a specific region. The success of these negotiations is crucial for achieving the Biden administration's environmental justice and clean energy objectives.

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