The CHBC’s Advocacy Committee leads the legislative and regulatory efforts, in coordination with the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, to advance the policy priorities of the hydrogen and fuel cell industry in California. The Committee discusses energy strategies and technology deployment through face-to-face meetings, briefings, written positions, and presentations before agency and legislative staff.

To stay updated on the constantly fluctuating policy developments in California, the Advocacy Committee, comprised of  Board members, committee chairs, and SAG chairs, meets on a weekly basis.

Four advocacy initiatives have been nominated and approved for 2020 are:

Renewable Hydrogen, Renewable Energy and Climate

The objective of the initiative is to advance policies, programs and regulations that support the role of renewable hydrogen in the California transportation and energy sectors.

Pipeline Infrastructure and Fuel Cells

The objective of the initiative is to ensure that supportive regulations are established to allow hydrogen blending on the natural gas system, ensure optimal use of the gas grid for long-term/seasonal energy storage, and integrating pipeline and electric grids to maximize both thermal and electric renewable and decarbonized energy options, including fuel cells.

Light-Duty Vehicles and Infrastructure

The objective of the initiative is to secure state funding support adequate to ensure the build-out of the hydrogen refueling station network to 200 stations and beyond.

Heavy-Duty Vehicles and Infrastructure

The objective of this initiative is to secure policies to develop and commercialize heavy duty hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, including medium and heavy duty trucking, public transit, ports, and distribution centers.