(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced a partnership between six fellow governors in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin to collaborate on developing a robust hydrogen market, supply chain, and workforce across the Midwest by signing the Midwest Hydrogen Coalition Memorandum of Understanding (M-H2 Coalition MOU).
“Ohio has always been a leader in innovation and technology, and this partnership will be the start of a new era of energy production that will create jobs and grow our economy,” said Governor DeWine. “This is just the beginning of our support for a clean hydrogen market, and we look forward to relationships like the one announced today developing and expanding in the Buckeye State.”
The M-H2 Coalition MOU will support advancing hydrogen production in the region, with little to no greenhouse gas emissions, while leveraging participating states’ unique assets. Developing a strong Midwest hydrogen market ecosystem that reduces pollution, enhances energy security, and improves public health outcomes will enable existing industries to remain globally competitive and encourage new industries to build and grow in the Midwest.
The coalition will conduct its work by employing a coordinated multi-state, multi-sector approach to developing a robust and sustainable hydrogen economy across the Midwest, informed by industry, academic, and community engagement. Ohio will utilize its advanced manufacturing, engineering, and research and development expertise to help promote diverse hydrogen production pathways throughout the Midwest region. These innovations and opportunities will be crucial to safeguard the region’s manufacturing economy in the long term.