(St. Paul, MN) — The U.S. Department of Energy will send millions of dollars to Minnesota and North and South Dakota as part of its hydrogen hubs initiative. Governor Walz announced late last week that the three states will partner with Xcel Energy to form the Heartland Hydrogen Hub. The federal government will provide up to 925-million dollars in funding for the initiative, which is designed to create a regional hydrogen network accessible to current and future users. Xcel Energy has promised to provide up to two-billion dollars in private funding to help the project over the next decade. Governor Walz says the initiative could create more than three-thousand jobs during construction and another 700 permanent jobs after it is built.