A Louisiana-based group of economic development agencies has been awarded a breakthrough $50m federal grant for an offshore wind-powered green hydrogen project in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) that would be an early mover in helping to decarbonise the state's heavily polluting coastal industrial complex, while building renewable energy plant at sea.

The Greater New Orleans (GNO)-led H2theFuture plan won the funding via the $1bn Build Back Better Regional Challenge, an initiative set up last year by the US Economic Development Agency to boost economic recovery and rebuild communities in the state through “transformative investments” in regional industry clusters.