Federal funding headed to Port of Oakland for hydrogen projects

Oakland, Calif. – October 16, 2023: Hydrogen projects at the Port of Oakland are in line for federal and state funding. This is thanks to the Biden administration’s announcement October 13, awarding up to $1.2 billion to California as a designated hydrogen hub.

“We are grateful to have outstanding federal, state, and local support for our vision to become a zero emissions seaport,” said Port of Oakland Executive Director Danny Wan. “It takes major investments to finance initiatives like hydrogen projects that will deliver a greener, cleaner environment. We thank the leadership of the Newsom Administration and ARCHES and the funding support from the Department of Energy to advance vital goals that address climate change. This is critically important for our Port, our City, our surrounding communities, and our region.”

California was named as one of seven regional hubs across the country that combined, will receive a total of $7 billion in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding. The funding is aimed at advancing the domestic market for low-cost, clean hydrogen. These regional hubs will produce and use hydrogen, improve air quality, and support California’s workforce with green jobs.

Port of Oakland is a partner in the Alliance for Renewable Clean Hydrogen Energy Systems (ARCHES), a statewide public-private partnership that will build the framework for California’s renewable, clean hydrogen hub. ARCHES was the coordinator for California’s federal hydrogen hub grant application that included Port of Oakland projects. Port of Oakland’s projects include construction of hydrogen fueling stations and replacement of cargo handling equipment with zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell technology. Details of the Port of Oakland’s portion of the grant will be developed over the coming months, in coordination with ARCHES and the Department of Energy.

In 2019, the Port approved a bold initiative to create a zero-emissions seaport. The Seaport Air Quality 2020 and Beyond Plan provides the strategy and process for the transition from a fossil fuel-based seaport to decarbonized goods movement port operations.


About the Port of Oakland

The Port of Oakland generates vital economic activity, community benefits and environmental innovation, as the Port decarbonizes its operations for a cleaner and greener future. Along with its partners, the Port supports 98,345 jobs in the region and $174 billion in annual economic activity. The Port oversees Oakland International Airport, the Oakland Seaport and nearly 20 miles of waterfront including Jack London Square, and a publicly owned utility. The Port of Oakland is Everyone’s Port! Connect with the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport through Facebook and Twitter, or with the Port on LinkedIn, YouTube, and at www.portofoakland.com.

Media Contacts

Robert Bernardo
Port of Oakland
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Marilyn Sandifur
Port of Oakland
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(510) 627-1193
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David DeWitt
Port of Oakland
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(510) 627-1169
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