California to Develop Hydrogen Strategy - Diversified Communications

Regulation, Sourcing Renewables  -  August 10, 2023

California to Develop Hydrogen Strategy

California Governor Gavin Newsom directed the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) to develop California’s Hydrogen Market Development Strategy to increase its hydrogen market. 

The strategy will closely resemble the Zero-Emission Vehicle Market Development Strategy to help California deliver more zero-emission benefits to its residents.

“California is all in on clean, renewable hydrogen — an essential aspect of how we’ll power our future and cut pollution,” said Governor Newsom in a statement. “This strategy will lay out the pathway for building a robust hydrogen market to help us fully embrace this source of clean energy.”

Expanding the market for renewable hydrogen is key to achieving California’s climate goal of a  clean electric grid, net-zero carbon emissions, and drastically cutting air pollution.

California is also competing to become a federally funded Hydrogen Hub, a program that will leverage $8 billion from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to establish at least four Hydrogen Hubs across the U.S.

California will create a market development strategy that focuses on leveraging hydrogen to accelerate clean energy deployment and decarbonizing its transportation and industrial sectors. The strategy will bring together state agencies — including the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission, and the California Public Utilities Commission — while clearly defining agencies’ roles and responsibilities.

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