US Representative Tim Ryan visits the Hannibal Power Plant | News, Sports, Jobs
HANNIBAL — U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio stopped at Hannibal on Tuesday to meet with officials and tour the Long Ridge Energy Generation power plant.
Long Ridge Energy Terminal President and CEO Robert “Bo” Wholey and other officials led Ryan, D-Niles, on a tour of the 485-megawatt power plant, showing him how they blend hydrogen and natural gas to power the facility and discussing future economic development opportunities for Ohio.
Following the hour-long tour, Ryan said the region is leading the way in energy efficiency and job creation.
“Southeast Ohio is not only the nation’s leader, but the world’s leader with hydrogen and natural gas,” he said.
“It’s a job creator, it’s good for the environment, it’s a winner all the way. This will help locate more manufacturers in Ohio by having a low cost for this innovation that is happening right here in southeast Ohio which is why we should look at the infrastructure bill that will continue to build these hydrogen hubs.
Ryan is in his 10th term in the U.S. House of Representatives and is seeking election to the U.S. Senate seat currently held by retiring Republican Rob Portman. Ryan won the Democratic primary in the Senate race earlier this month and will face Republican JD Vance in the Nov. 8 general election.
Ryan now sits on the House Appropriations Committee, which directs federal government spending.
He is also co-chair of the Congressional Manufacturing Caucus and chair of the Legislative Subcommittee on Appropriations.
He highlighted his efforts to support American workers as he campaigns for the Senate.
Ryan said he and his House colleagues are working hard to ensure eastern Ohio is included in potential funding opportunities through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act.
“I want Ohio to be the arsenal of energy,” he added.
To attract other manufacturers, you need low-cost power, Ryan said.
“It means natural gas, it means hydrogen,” he said. “It shouldn’t be a political issue. It’s called being an American and building things in America again, and we’re leading the way here in Southeast Ohio. It’s a very exciting time.
“…I know there are a lot of Democrats who don’t support this, but I do,” he added, “and I think this is an opportunity for us to create jobs here. , to manufacture things here and as we move to natural gas and able to export it to our European allies, not Vladimir Putin… we could have a victory across the board and across the world that starts right here in the south -eastern Ohio.
Wholey said it was “awesome” for Ryan to visit the factory and check out what they’re doing at the Hannibal facility.
“The Long Ridge Generating Station is the only power plant in the world that blends hydrogen on a large scale,” Wholey said, “and the reason it matters is that we are seeking federal funding from the infrastructure bill – $8 billion is being made available for hydrogen funding….And we really appreciate Congressman Ryan’s support today.
Wholey said company officials wanted to make sure Ryan saw what a good site the Hannibal Terminal would make for a hydrogen hub.
“Going forward, our goal is very simple. It’s to increase the hydrogen that we’re putting into this power plant, and it’s great that Congressman Ryan was able to come today and see us in action as we look to scale up our operations,” a- he declared.
He said the power station is beneficial to the region both by creating jobs and helping to reduce CO2 emissions by blending hydrogen.