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.

The Advocacy Committee is led by Committee Chair Dr. Jeff Reed, Advanced Power and Energy Program, UC Irvine, Co-Chair Tanya Peacock, Public Policy & Planning Manager, Southern California Gas Company, and Vice Chair La Stanja Baker, Senior Consultant State Government Affairs, Toyota Motor Company.

Four advocacy initiatives have been nominated and approved for 2019 are:

Renewable Hydrogen, Renewable Energy and Climate

Initiative leads Lorraine Paskett and Steve Jones. 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.

Hydrogen Blending and Gas System Integration

Initiative lead Tanya Peacock. 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.

Hydrogen Fueling Station Build-out

Initiative lead La Stanja Baker. 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.

Stakeholder Advocacy Campaign

Initiative leads Mark Abramowitz and Bob Desautels. The objective of this initiative is, in close collaboration with the other initiatives, to execute a targeted campaign to increase the awareness and favorable image of hydrogen as a transportation and energy solution among key California stakeholders, particularly those with significant impact on legislation, policy and regulation.

Process to establish a CHBC Initiative:

The function of the initiative teams is to define and manage the activities needed to achieve the documented goals of the initiative. The formation and ongoing process is as follows:

  • The board member sponsoring the proposal to form an initiative team assembles an informal group (formation team) to sketch out the initiative charter and objectives and secure the approval for the initiative as part of the annual planning process
  • Initiatives can be nominated “off cycle” but this complicates resource planning so is by exception
  • The formation team will nominate an initiative lead (who must be a board member) to be appointed by the CHBC chair as part of the formation process.
  • The initiative lead serves on the advocacy committee once appointed by the CHBC chair
  • The key functions of the initiative lead and team members are:
    • Documenting the goals of the initiative in writing and the role of the CHBC in the initiative including staff resources
    • Recruiting members to serve on the initiative team
    • Identifying and funding external resources
    • Communicating and coordinating with other initiative teams via the overall advocacy committee process