January 2024
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Also In This Issue IBEW Stacks Up
Rodeo Wins

Calif. Linemen
Take Top Prize read_more

High-Speed Rail Protections
Workers' Rights Assured read_more

Ohio Members Speak Up
Local Wins OT Boost,
Earns Respect read_more

'What I Was Looking For'
Mich. Women Find IBEW read_more

North of 49°
Local 213 Members Realize Their Power at Annual 'Education Festival' read_more

Au nord du 49° parallèle
Les membres de la section locale 213 prennent conscience de leur pouvoir au « festival » annuel read_more

My IBEW Story Ermano Simontacchi read_more

Grounded in History Local 3 Lights
Times Square read_more






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IBEW Members Already at Work as
New Industry Powers Up

Hydrogen, the fuel that can burn in turbines and emit only water vapor, was given a $7 billion push from fantasy to reality, and IBEW members are already at work.

The federal government awarded seven regional hydrogen hubs about $1 billion each, grants that will spur more than $40 billion in private and state funding, according to the White House.

"The clean energy transition is not pie in the sky. It is happening right now, and it is being built the right way, with union trades workers getting the lion's share of the work," said International President Kenneth W. Cooper.

Hydrogen is transformational because it can take much of the role of natural gas in the energy ecosystem. It can be distributed by pipelines and burned when needed, but nothing but water vapor comes out of the "smoke" stacks. It also can work in tandem with massive nuclear plants, using excess power during periods of low demand.

For the IBEW, old hands and new members alike, it means tens of thousands of jobs and millions of hours of work, including at former fossil fuel powerhouses.

The hydrogen hub grants were funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law signed by President Joe Biden in 2022, the largest U.S. infrastructure bill ever with the strongest prevailing wage and labor standards of any law to come out of Washington.

The seven projects are in California, the Mid-Atlantic, Appalachia, the Midwest, the Gulf Coast, the northern Plains and the Pacific Northwest. Together, they will eliminate 25 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions from end uses each year — an amount roughly equivalent to the emissions of 5.5 million gasoline-powered cars. read_more

  Local Lines

Officers Column Cooper:
New Year's Resolution read_more
A Foundation of Security read_more

TransitionsJennifer Gray;
Joe DiMichele read_more

PoliticsIBEW-Backed Law
Helps Save NY Local's Pension Plan;
Reputation, Federal Infrastructure Laws Fuel Growth at W. Va. Local;
California Local Adds Major Signatory, With Assist From Biden Clean Energy Law read_more

Circuits'We Were Like Paratroopers':
L.A. Local's '2nd Call' Team Steps In to Finish Community Center Project;
Boston Local Hosts Trade Conference for Girls read_more

LettersSupport the IBEW PAC read_more

In MemoriamNovember 2023 read_more

Who We Are'The World That's
Been Missing'
Colorado Veteran Finds
His Home in the IBEW read_more

Change of Address