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CHBC Seeks Input for CARB Workshop

January 7, 2015 in Conference/Meeting, fuel cells, Hydrogen, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Hydrogen Advocates Want Their Share of California Funding
Estimated at Some $200 Million in 2015-2016 Under AQIP & GGRF

The California Hydrogen Business Council wants help making the case for fuel cell vehicles to get their share as the California Air Resources Board plans outlays through the California Air Quality Improvement Program and Low Carbon Transportation Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund for fiscal year 2015-2016.

California Fuel Cell Partnership acting director Bill Elrick MC’d the opening of the Linde hydrogen fueling station in West Sacramento. Behind him are West Sacramento Mayor (pro tem) Mark Johannessen, California Energy Commissioner Janea Scott, Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna, Ramos Oil president Kent Ramos, Linde North America VP Cliff Caldwell, and Fred Joseck of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy. Note hydrogen fuel cell vehicles from major automakers, including, at left, Toyota’s new Mirai, which goes on sale in Japan in the coming weeks.

Officials opened the Sacramento area’s first public-access hydrogen fueling station last month (F&F, December 15). The California Hydrogen Business Council wants to make sure its members get in on California Air Resources Board funding of AQIP- and GGRF-related projects in fiscal 2015-2016.

“These are programs very relevant to CHBC member interests and will direct the disbursement of approximately $200 million over the 12-month period,” association managing director Jeff Serfass said in a letter to members.

“It behooves us to make sure that allocations to hydrogen and fuel cell solutions are able to utilize as much of these funds as practical,” he said.

If You Go, Let CHBC Know

CHBC is seeking input by January 21 to help make the case for hydrogen project funding at a CARB workshop on AQIP and GGRF in Sacramento on January 23.

Serfass also asks that CHBC members planning to attend the meeting themselves let him know that they are doing so.

The January 23 workshop will be CARB’s will be the second on AQIP and GGRF for 2015-2016. A third will be held in the spring. CARB staff plans to release the funding plan in May for board consideration in June.

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Source: CHBC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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