2022 Advocacy Activities

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U.S. Department of Energy

  • On February 14, CHBC submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Energy responding to questions related to the development of a Hydrogen Industry Roadmap as required by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Read CHBC’s comments here >>

California Governor’s Office

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California Assembly and Senate

  • On May 11, the California Hydrogen Business Council is pleased to support SB 1291. SB 1291 will assist California and hydrogen station developers grow the hydrogen fueling network by adding hydrogen fueling stations to the existing expedited permit siting procedures that battery electric vehicle chargers (EV chargers) enjoy. This bill ensures that, like EV chargers, hydrogen fueling station application use permits cannot be denied unless there is a written finding that the proposed station would have a specific, adverse impact on the public health or safety. The result of adding hydrogen fueling stations to these procedures will accelerate the pace in which permits are processed and ensure the applications address the health and safety standards necessary to protect the public. Read the letter here >>
  • On April 13, the California Hydrogen Business Council submitted a letter of support for SB 1329 – Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure (Newman). SB 1329 will provide an ongoing allocation of at least $30 million annually from the Clean Transportation Program over the next decade to build out a statewide, publicly available FCEV hydrogen fueling network. No less than 60% of the funding will be put towards installations that completely or partially benefit disadvantaged communities. This will be in alignment with the Air Resources Board’s 2021 peer-reviewed analysis showing that an investment of an additional $300 million will bring the state’s light- and medium-duty hydrogen fueling network to self-sufficiency. Read the letter here >>
  • In March 24, CHBC submitted a letter in opposition of AB 2562 (Bennett) unless amended. AB 2562 aims to bring parity among the zero-emission transportation technologies—battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs)–and supporting infrastructure but fails to do so as written. The CHBC appreciates Assemblymember Bennett’s desire to include FCEVs and the supporting hydrogen fueling infrastructure equally in the administration of the Clean Transportation Program funds; however, directing the California Energy Commission (CEC) to prioritize funding stations at ports, stations that serve medium and heavy-duty trucks, and stations that are located along freight corridors reduces the amount of hydrogen fueling stations available to light-duty vehicles and leads to
    missed decarbonization and air quality targets. Read the letter here >>

California Public Utilities Commission

  • On January 14, CHBC provided Opening Comments on the Proposed Decision (PD) of ALJ Fitch adopting 2021 Preferred System Plan stating that while adopting a “renewable hydrogen” definition is a positive step, a “renewable hydrogen” definition that causes confusion and disagreement among the parties who are responsible for producing the fuel will lead to delayed adaptation and the real risk of not reaching our decarbonization targets. The CHBC stated that it will participate in the ongoing discussion of how to define “renewable hydrogen,” but we urge the CPUC to refrain from adopting a definition of “renewable hydrogen” for the purposes of this IRP procurement. Read CHBC’s Comments >>
  • On April 5, CHBC submitted comments on SoCalGas’s Angeles Link application to the CPUC. Read CHBC’s Comments here >>

California Energy Commission (CEC)

  • On May 13, the California Hydrogen Business Council (CHBC) provided comments to the CEC’s 21-TRAN-03 Draft Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Plan. The CHBC stated that it appreciated the opportunity to respond to the workshop and publication on the Draft Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Plan (“ZEV Plan”). However, the CHBC finds the ZEV Plan falls short of meeting California’s ZEV, decarbonization, and air quality goals due to the lack of investment in the hydrogen fueling network. Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) are crucial to California’s ZEV fleet and widespread adoption will not happen without sufficient hydrogen fueling infrastructure. Read the comments here >>
  • On January 31, the California Hydrogen Business Council (CHBC) submitted comments on the CEC Proposed Natural Gas and Research and Development Workshop (“Gas R&D Workshop”), discussing the proposed energy-related gas research initiatives for fiscal year 2022-2023. CHBC asked the CEC to capitalize on existing resources like research previously done by other countries transitioning their gas grids to hydrogen. The CEC should plan an immediate response to the climate crisis by incorporating existing gas grid infrastructure into the decarbonization plan, and the CEC should offer more detailed questions to gather more informed responses on a topic as critical as gas grid research and development. Read CHBC’s Comments here >>
  • On January 28, the CHBC submitted comments on the Draft 2021 Integrated Energy Policy Report (Draft IEPR), Volume III: Decarbonizing the State’s Gas System. CHBC stated that hydrogen’s inclusion in the Draft IEPR is encouraging because hydrogen will be critical to decarbonizing California’s gas grid, as it will serve as a replacement for the state’s existing use of fossil fuels to power the gas grid. However, in the Draft IEPR, hydrogen is limited in its definition and application to help the state achieve a decarbonized gas grid. Therefore, the CHBC proposed a number of amendments be made to the Draft IEPR, including using Carbon Intensity rather than labels of colors for hydrogen production, inclusion of federal targets and funding, recognition of lack of funding for FCEV infrastructure, and long duration storage capabilities of hydrogen. Read the comments here >>

California Air Resources Board (CARB)

  • On January 12, the CHBC commented on the California Air Resources Board (CARB) “Potential Future Changes to the LCFS Program”
    workshop (“Workshop”) that was held December 7, 2021. The CHBC applauds the efforts of CARB in the administration of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program. CHBC stated that the LCFS program has been incredibly successful in decreasing the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) of California’s transportation fuels by awarding credits to low-carbon fuels such as hydrogen. The  CFS credits awarded on a carbon intensity score basis sent market signals to hydrogen producers and hydrogen fueling station developers to kickstart the deployment of the hydrogen refueling system that now supports the growing number of California’s fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) drivers. With California’s swift transition to zero-emission vehicles within the next decade, it is imperative the LCFS program continues to support the use and production of low-carbon fuels such as hydrogen. Read the comments here >>