The globe The Coalition Epicenter of Mobility in Detroit and nearly a dozen surrounding counties secured $52.2 million to train workers and support startups in the electric vehicle sector and all mobility technology, including autonomous vehicles. The coalition includes the big three automakers — General Motors, Ford and Chrysler — and the United Auto Workers (UAW) union. The UAW is just one of 27 unions that will benefit from the grant program.
“Michigan put the world on wheels, and we’re building on our legendary automotive manufacturing legacy as we work together to bring investment and jobs to every region of our state,” Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a press release. “Together, we are building on our bipartisan economic development efforts, unique mobility and electrification initiatives, and continued strong auto investment.”
The Appalachian Climate Technology (ACT Now) coalition in West Virginia is also looking to transform one of its home state’s key industries. ACT Now, led by Coalfield Development Corporation, will receive approximately $62.8 million to expand solar projects, create sustainable reuse projects in abandoned mines and support entrepreneurs committed to the renewable energy transition. West Virginia lawmakers stand ready to support ACT Now’s efforts: The state has also allocated $2 million in state matching funds, according to West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Even Joe Manchin seemed happy with the news.
Even better is the investment the program will make in green hydrogen, in contrast to other hydrogen structures such as carbon capture and sequestration plants used for blue hydrogen. The Greater New Orleans Development Foundation is awarded $50 million for its H2theFuture project to green the region’s hydrogen sector. Green hydrogen, produced by renewable energies such as wind and sun, is the cleanest hydrogen option for electricity. The only emissions produced by green hydrogen come from its infrastructure, unlike blue hydrogen, which is made with steam methane.
“With clean hydrogen [Louisiana] may remain an energy state — but become an energy state of the future with less impact on the environment,” Michael Hecht, president and CEO of Greater New Orleans Inc., told PBS. “When money and morals come together, you get things done.”