2021 Advocacy Activities

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California Governor’s Office

California Assembly and Senate

  • On March 10, the CHBC sent a letter of support for SB 18 – Green Hydrogen to Senator Ben Hueso, Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Communications. SB 18 will create pathways for California to meet its critical decarbonization goals by facilitating the production and use of green hydrogen. Read the letter here >>
  • On March 3, the CHBC sent a letter of support for Assembly Bill 322 to Assemblymember Chris Holden, Chair of the Assembly Utilities & Energy Committee. AB 322 will help meet California’s health and climate goals, reducing some of the most damaging climate and air
    pollutants, accelerating the transition to advanced biomass energy technologies, and reducing catastrophic wildfires. Read the letter here >>
  • On February 11, the CHBC sent a letter of support for Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez’s proposed legislation to set a 100% green and zero-carbon hydrogen transportation fuel standard and enables greater zero emission light and heavy-duty vehicle adoption by providing a 10-year investment tax credit for renewable hydrogen production, distribution and refueling stations. Read the letter here >>
  • On January 27, the CHBC sent a letter of support for Senate Bill 18 – Green Hydrogen to Senator Nancy Skinner. SB 18 will create pathways for California to meet its critical decarbonization goals by facilitating the production and use of green hydrogen. The CHBC also expressed a desire to work with Senator Skinner on additional measures in the bill, including improved access to wholesale electricity markets to enable flexible demand response, hybrid renewable generation and storage, and/or energy storage resource(s), along with greater flexibility in the Low Carbon Fuel Standard to better support green electrolytic hydrogen. Read the letter here >>

California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)

  • On March 30, the CHBC submitted comments to the CPUC on the Ruling Superceding Administrative Law Judge’s Ruling on Hydrogen-related Additions or Revisions to the Standard Renewable Gas Interconnection Tariff. The CHBC expressed disappointment that the CPUC proposed decision dismissed the application and concerned about the lack of urgency the CPUC is displaying to address decarbonization of the gas grid. Read the comments here >>
  • On March 29, the CHBC submitted reply comments to the CPUC on the Assigned Commissioner’s Ruling Seeking Comment on Renewable Generation Fuels and Technologies. The CHBC expressed its agreement with multiple parties that support a broad definition of green hydrogen and inclusion of biogenic sources, which would keep the eligibility for all types of green hydrogen open in the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP). The CHBC also strongly opposed expanding the double standard already permeating California regulation, in which a higher standard is applied to hydrogen and fuel cells than is applied to electricity and batteries by responding to the TURN, Sierra Club and CEERT opening comments. Read the comments here >>
  • On March 22, the CHBC submitted comments to the CPUC on the Assigned Commissioner’s Ruling Seeking Party Comment on Renewable Generation Fuels and Technologies. Read the comments here >>
  • On March 10, the CHBC submitted comments to the California Public Utilities Commission on the Amended Scoping Memo and Ruling Questions for Track 3. The CHBC urged the Commission to promptly begin work on Track 3 to evaluate resiliency to inform the development of the multi-property microgrid tariff and the customer-facing microgrid tariff to fairly create a compensation framework across all microgrid programs and technologies. Read the comments here >>
  • On March 8, the CHBC submitted its response to the Joint Comments of SoCalGas, SDG&E, PG&E, and SWG regarding Hydrogen-related Additions or Revisions to the Standard Renewable Gas Interconnection Tariff. The CHBC supported the near-term development of several demonstration projects, gather relevant data, and inform the development of hydrogen injection standards and interconnection protocols and agreements. The CHBC also agreed on any Injection Standard development to be independent of the definition discussion of renewable and/or green hydrogen. Read the comments here >>
  • On March 5, the CHBC submitted comments to the California Public Utilities Commission regarding the Draft Resolution G-3573, which provided approval of the renewable gas program area, of which renewable hydrogen is a primary element. The CHBC urged the CPUC to amend the draft resolution to allow funds to be directed toward developing technologies to convert methane to hydrogen (and value-added products) as these conversion technologies support the expanded use of renewable hydrogen. The CHBC also agreed with the CPUC that SoCalGas, in their proposed Clean Transportation program, should support zero-emission vehicles, focusing on hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle development and fueling infrastructure. Read the comments here >>
  • On February 1, the CHBC submitted reply comments to the California Public Utilities Commission on the Proposed Decision Adopting Guiding Principles for the Development of the Successor to the Current Net Energy Metering Tariff. The CHBC supported balancing NEM with energy storage, as long as the principle of technology neutrality is upheld, so that a broad range of storage technologies, including green electrolytic hydrogen, are eligible to participate as part of the program design. Read the reply comments here >>
  • On January 25, the CHBC submitted comments to the California Public Utilities Commission regarding R.14-10-003 Proposed Decision Adopting Pilots to Test Two Frameworks for Procuring Distributed Energy Resources That Avoid or Defer Utility Capital Investments. The CHBC supported the Commission’s recommendation that the DER tariff design ought to maintain the principle of technology neutrality. Read the comments here >>
  • On January 4, the CHBC submitted a response to the Joint Application of Southern California Gas Company, San Diego Gas and Electric Company, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, and Southwest Gas Corporation regarding Hydrogen-related Additions or Revisions to the Standard Renewable Gas Interconnection Tariff. Read the response here >>
  • On January 4, the CHBC submitted reply comments to the CPUC on the Proposed Decision Adopting Rates, Tariffs, and Rules Facilitating the Commercialization of Microgrids Pursuant to Senate Bill 1339 and Resiliency Strategies.. The reply comments are available here >>

California Energy Commission (CEC)

  • On March 22, the CHBC submitted comments to the CEC on the Draft 2020 IEPR Update, Volume II: The Role of Microgrids in California’s Clean and Resilient Energy Future. The CHBC requested clarification on terminology for renewable and fossil-fueled generation, that the report differentiate between combustion and non-combustion/zero-emission and urged the CEC to maintain technology neutrality. Download the comments here >>
  • On February 19, the CHBC submitted comments to the California Energy Commissions regarding the Draft Scoping Order for the 2021 Integrated Energy Policy Report. The CHBC expressed its support for the focus areas of energy reliability over the next five years, evolving role of the pipeline gas system, building decarbonization and energy efficiency, and energy demand as key topics for in-depth discussion and analysis via the IEPR process. Download the comments here >>
  • On February 12, the CHBC sent comments to the California Energy Commission on the Clean Energy Alternatives to Diesel Backup Generator Systems Workshop. The CHBC expressed its position that diesel generators should not provide California’s default back-up power supply for power outages in 2021 and that the state should prioritize accelerating the expanded deployment of clean power generation technologies, in particular hydrogen fuel cells, which are far cleaner, safer, and commercially available today. Download the comments here >>
  • On January 20, the CHBC submitted comments to the California Energy Commission on the Integrated Energy Policy Report Volume 1 Update – Transportation. The CHBC agreed with the California Energy Commission (CEC) that hydrogen and fuel cell technology have an important role to play in decarbonizing and reducing harmful emissions from the transportation sector and that the cross-sector benefits of hydrogen extend well beyond transportation (i.e. power generation, long term energy storage, decarbonization of the gas grid and hard to decarbonize sectors of heavy industry). Download the comments here >>

California Air Resources Board (CARB)

California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)