Hydrogen Energy Storage and Renewable Hydrogen

The Hydrogen Energy Storage Sector Action Group seeks to educate stakeholders, mainly policymakers, by providing information and resources on hydrogen energy storage technology, in support of CPUC Energy Storage decisions and California’s strong renewable energy goals, which can be cost-effectively reached with reliable storage technology.

The SAG is led by Chair Jack Brouwer, NFCRC at UC Irvine and Vice Chair Steve Jones, ITM Power.

The SAG identified the following activities for 2019:


  1. Increase production incentives
    • Develop hydrogen injection protocols with CPUC, Gas Quality Standard proceeding to include hydrogen; provide information and data to Commissioner Rechtschaffen (production & storage)
    • Create preferred rates or new non-retail tariff for hydrogen from electrolysis (CPUC proceeding)
    • Encourage PUC to include hydrogen in next storage mandates
  2. Definition of renewable hydrogen via industry consensus, may be within PUC (Rechtschaffen)
  3. Assess impact of renewable hydrogen percentage requirement for all hydrogen dispensed in CA for all transportation sectors (SB 1505 requirement at 3,500 tons/day)
  4. Hydrogen storage in IRP (Randolph, PUC) for electric utilities, push for long term storage consideration
    • E3 and Resolve Model as the main tool from staff
  5. Increase CEC’s NG R&D funding
  6. Help CEC learn from renewable hydrogen projects, working with CEC to expand on this


  1. Pursue legislation that creates funding for in-state renewable hydrogen projects (at scale) (similar to original SB 1369)


  1. CHBC to develop an industry-approved definition of “renewable hydrogen” inclusive of energy storage and other applications
  2. CHBC Endorsement of Hydrogen Council’s commitment to 100% carbon free hydrogen for transportation (SAG or Advocacy Committee leads)
  3. Update H2-P2G White Paper or develop new paper addressing current CPUC education needs
    • Create a one-page summary fact sheet and presentation materials for webinars and meetings on examples of HES/P2G with size/technologies/volume specifics.
  4. Produce materials/roadmaps to showcase the role of hydrogen energy to achieve
    • Governor’s Order – Carbon Neutrality by 2045 requires going carbon negative after 2045.
    • SB 100 goals
  5. Develop framework for policy and regulatory steps to enable large scale RH2 supply/production in California
  6. Develop tracker for renewable hydrogen production projects and capacities

Further Reading

The White Paper is available here >>
Background 2013 marked the inaugural year for the Hydrogen Energy Storage (HES) Committee. The Committee, was created to address the increasingly important role energy storage will play in the state’s future energy mix. HES has the potential to become a significant business opportunity in California, as the state moves to an ever increasing use of renewable energy, currently set for 33% by 2020. Recognition for the unique role that hydrogen energy storage can play is the focus of that work, by helping to manage the intermittency of the dominant renewables, in addition to broader grid management. The most recent milestone includes the release of the white paper on power to gas: “Power-To-Gas: The Case for Hydrogen,” outlining the feasibility and economics of energy storage solutions using hydrogen and methane as energy carriers. Among many other actions, the Group is currently, most notably, involved in the CPUC’s Rulemaking 15-03-011, which is concerning the policy and implementation refinements to the Energy Storage Procurement Framework and Design Program (D.13-10-040, D.14-10-045) and related Action Plan of the California Energy Storage Roadmap.