The Pacific Northwest Hydrogen Association will become a hydrogen hub in a move that'll involve Douglas County PUD.

The Hydrogen Association has been selected to be one of seven hydrogen hubs across the country under the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

The award could bring up to 10,000 jobs and a $1 billion investment in the region, according to a release from Gov. Inslee's office.

Douglas County has a plan to produce two tons of hydrogen fuel a day using well water and surplus hydropower.

In addition, several companies are planning to test hydrogen aircraft near Moses Lake.

The US Department of Energy and the Pacific Northwest Hydrogen Association will enter into negotiations in the agreement which will make the Association eligible to receive $1 billion over a nine-year, four-phase period.

The Pacific Northwest Hydrogen Association has interests in Washington, Oregon and Montana

The release from Gov. Inslee's office said the hub will create or support more than 10,000 family-wage jobs.

The Pacific Northwest Hydrogen Hub, according to the release, aims to remove approximately 1.7 million metric tons per year of CO2 emissions—equivalent to removing the emissions from roughly 346,000 gasoline-powered cars annually.

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