Program

The agenda will be updated as it develops and thus subject to change.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 – CHBC Member Day
(CHBC Members Only)
Training Room 1 – East and West, CalEPA, 1001 I St, Sacramento, CA

 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM CHBC Board of Directors Meeting (Directors and Staff only)
 12:00 PMRegistration Opens, Refreshments and Networking
1:00 PMWelcome to CHBC Member Day! CALEPA Training Room 1 and 2
1:10 PM to 1:50 PMHydrogen Energy Storage and Renewable Hydrogen SAG Meeting
 2:00 PM to 2:40 PMHeavy Duty, Goods Movement and Clean Ports SAG Meeting
2:50 PM to 3:30 PMPublic Transport SAG Meeting
3:40 PM to 4:20 PM Advocacy Committee Meeting (all Members may observe)

  • Hydrogen Blending and Gas System Integration Initiative
  • RH2, Renewable Energy and Climate Initiative Advocacy Initiative
  • Hydrogen Fueling Station Buildout Advocacy Initiative
  • Heavy Duty Advocacy Initiative
4:30 PM to 5:00 PMMember Updates (3 minutes each) – Sign-up with Peter Thompson
 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Members and Invited Guests Only – Happy Hour @ Ella Dining Room & Bar

  • Cathedral Building, 1131 K St, Sacramento, CA 95814


Thursday, March 5, 2020 – California Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Summit Day 1
Byron Sher Auditorium, CalEPA Building, 1001 I St, Sacramento

 7:00 AMRegistration and Networking with Refreshments
 8:30 AMSummit Welcome
8:40 AMOpening Keynote – The Role of Hydrogen in California’s Energy Economy

  • Senator Henry Stern, California Senate
  • Janice Lin, Founder and Board Member, Green Hydrogen Council; Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Strategen
9:20 AMPolicy Roundtable – What can the Legislature achieve in the 2020 session to advance the role of hydrogen to meet California’s Climate and Energy goals?

  • Moderator: Lorraine Paskett, Cambridge LCF
  • V John White, Executive Director, CEERT
  • Michael Colvin, Director, California Energy Program, Environmental Defense Fund
  • John Ackler, Legislative Director, Senator Bob Archuleta
10:00 AMNetworking Break
10:20 AMKeynote: Getting to Neutral – Options for Negative Carbon Emissions in California

  • Dr. Steve Bohlen, Program Manager, Energy and Homeland Security, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
 10:30 AMRoundtable: Renewable Hydrogen as a Key Enabler: How to Transition from Fossil Fuels?

  • Moderator: Janice Lin, Founder and Board Member, Green Hydrogen Council; Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Strategen
  • Prof. Jack Brouwer, Director, National Fuel Cell Research Center 
  • Brian Goldstein, Executive Director, Energy Independence Now
  • Joe Lyou, President and CEO, Coalition for Clean Air
  • Wladimir Sarmiento-Darkin, US West Region Business Development Director, Linde
  • Dr. Steve Bohlen, Program Manager, Energy and Homeland Security, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
11:30 AMRoundtable: What are the Policy and Technology Challenges to Achieving Zero Carbon and Renewable Hydrogen Production at Scale and Reliable Supply at Low Cost?

  • Moderator: Diane Moss, Founding Director, Renewables 100 Policy Institute
  • Sean Ebnet, Lead Business Developer, Orsted
  • Tanya Peacock, Public Policy & Planning Manager, Southern California Gas Company
  • Sandy Goldberg, Advisor to Commissioner Clifford Rechtschaffen, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Elias Greenbaum, President, GTA, Inc.
12:30 PMNetworking Lunch – Catering by Magpie
 1:30 PMRoundtable: Zero Emission Heavy Duty Freight, Transit and Clean Ports: An Opportunity for Scaling Hydrogen Mobility and Infrastructure?

  • Moderator: Commissioner Patty Monahan, California Energy Commission
  • Nicolas Pocard, Director, Marketing, Ballard Power Systems
  • Katerina Robinson, Office of Senator Nancy Skinner
  • Kim Okafor, Manager of Zero Emission Solutions, Trillium – A Love’s Company
  • Heather Arias, Transportation and Toxics Division Chief, California Air Resources Board
  • Joseph Impullitti, Technology Demonstration Manager, South Coast Air Quality Management District
 2:30 PMRoundtable: Providing Resiliency in a High Risk Energy Environment – What is the Role of Renewable Hydrogen and Fuel Cells?

  • Moderator: Katrina Fritz, Executive Director, California Stationary Fuel Cell Collaborative
  • Joyce Steingass, Senior Utility Engineer, Resiliency & Microgrids, CPUC
  • Chris DiGiovanni, Manager, Gas Strategy, Policy & Development, PG&E
  • Allie Detrio, Senior Advisor – California, Microgrid Resources Coalition
  • David Erne, Smart Grid R&D, California Energy Commission
  • Dr. Sarah E. Brady, Deputy Director, California Council on Science and Technology
  • Pippin Mader, P.E., Staff Air Pollution Specialist, Office of Community Air Protection, Technology Assessment Section, California Air Resources Board
3:30 PMNetworking Break with Refreshments
3:45 PMKeynote – The Role of Hydrogen in California’s Climate and Air Quality Goals, and Renewable Energy Mandates

  • Hector de la Torre, Board Member, California Air Resources Board
 4:00 PMRoundtable: Seeing the Forest for the Trees? A Holistic View of the Value of Hydrogen in the Energy System

  • Moderator: Jeff Reed – UC Irvine – Report to CEC on Renewable Hydrogen Pathways
  • Commissioner Cliff Rechtschaffen, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Gil Castillo, Senior Group Manager, Alternative Vehicle & Advanced Vehicle Strategy, Hyundai
  • Michelle Sim, Commercial Development Manager, Southern California Gas Company
5:00 PMAdjourn
 5:15 PM to 6:30 PMNetworking Reception – Mezzanine @ The Bank

  • 629 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

Friday, March 6, 2020 – California Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Summit Day 2
Byron Sher Auditorium, CalEPA Building, 1001 I St, Sacramento

 7:00 AMRegistration Opens and Refreshments
8:00 AMOpening Keynote – Hydrogen’s Unique Opportunity to Transform the Entire Transportation Sector

  • Jesse Schneider, Executive Vice President, Nikola Motor
8:20 AMRemarks – Hydrogen Transportation – 2020 Challenges and 2030 Vision

  • Bill Elrick, Executive Director, California Fuel Cell Partnership
8:30 AMRoundtable: Has the Ship Really Sailed? The Importance of Light Duty FCEVs in California and Beyond

  • Moderator: Bill Elrick, Executive Director, California Fuel Cell Partnership
  • Tyson Eckerle, Deputy Director of Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go Biz)
  • Steve Ellis, Manager, Fuel Cell Vehicle Marketing, American Honda Motor Company
  • Shane Stephens, Founder & Chief Development Officer, First Element Fuel
  • Andrew Martinez, Air Resources Engineer, California Air Resources Board
 9:30 AMRoundtable: How to Decarbonize “Difficult to Electrify” Sectors? Hydrogen in Heavy Industry, Renewable Chemicals, Shipping and Aviation

  • Moderator: Jeffrey Serfass, Executive Director, California Hydrogen Business Council; President and CEO, Technology Transition Corporation
  • Thomas Koch Blank, Senior Principal, Industry and Heavy Transport, Rocky Mountain Institute
  • David Allgood, Industrial Strategies Division, Air Resources Board
  • Val Miftakhov, Founder & CEO, ZeroAvia
  • Dr. Joseph Pratt, Partner, H2 Advisors; CEO & CTO, Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine
 10:30 AMNetworking Break with Refreshments
 11:00 AMKeynote – What is the Potential for Investment and Growth in the Hydrogen Industry?

  • Tom Soto, Founder and Managing Partner, Diverse Communities Impact Fund
 11:30 AMClosing Keynote – Does Hydrogen Mean Business in California?

  • Steve Szymanski, Director of Business Development, Projects and Government, Nel Hydrogen; Vice Chair, California Hydrogen Business Council
12:00 PM Adjourn