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 Core Committee, comprised of  Board members, committee chairs, and SAG chairs, meets on a weekly basis.

The Advocacy Committee is led by Committee Chair Lorraine Paskett, Cambridge LCF Group,  and Vice Chair Steve Jones, ITM Power.

The Advocacy Committee has identified the following activities for 2018:

Activity 1: Develop a formal working group (e.g. a Multiagency Stakeholder Group) with the Governor and key agencies on advancing renewable hydrogen production in California.

Activity 2: Ensure that the state’s cost-effectiveness tests are technology neutral.

Activity 3: Support the passage of a 100% renewable energy bill with roles for renewable hydrogen.

Activity 4: Seek to influence State agencies to become more closely aligned with federal agencies on advancing renewable hydrogen. For example, state energy agencies could more formally cooperate and coordinate with the US DOE and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on their programs such as H2@Scale and the P2G pilot project at the NREL campus in Golden, CO.

Activity 5: Conduct a CHBC Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Policy Summit with legislative briefings and fly-in in February or March in Sacramento to educate new and existing members of the legislature on hydrogen and fuel cells in coordination with the CaFCP, CSFCC and other key stakeholders. The focus will be on creating the information for policy decision makers necessary to include hydrogen and fuel cell technology in active bills, and to work with regulatory agencies on supportive regulation and funding.

Activity 6: Host a lobbying reception in January for members and their lobbyists to discuss CHBC priorities and plans. To be sure this best reflects what is best for CHBC membership, conduct an annual policy assessment of member policy needs and emerging policy issues to identify areas that could benefit from proactive CHBC action.

Activity 7: Continue to build relationships with key legislators and regulatory commissioners and their staffs, focusing on areas identified in the member policy assessment. This is to allow CHBC to be proactive during the year and identify issues likely to affect the CHBC and its members, before policy positions and actions become drafted.