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California Governor Directs Development of Hydrogen Market Development Strategy

California Governor Gavin Newsom has directed the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development to develop a hydrogen market development strategy.

California is currently 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 United States.

The California strategy will, among other things:

  • Create a market development strategy that is focused on leveraging hydrogen to accelerate clean energy deployment and decarbonizing our transportation and industrial sectors;
  • Identify shared strategies to deliver projects, which may include new financing models, permitting modifications, and procurement initiatives;
  • Engage relevant stakeholders, including local communities, to advance equity and deliver environmental and economic benefits; and
  • Ensure state agencies and partners continue to pull in a shared direction to accelerate the use of renewable energy throughout our economy and increase the resilience and reliability of our energy system.

The initiative builds on Newsom’s executive order to create an Infrastructure Strike Team to streamline projects throughout the state.

The hydrogen strategy will be one outcome of the Infrastructure Strike Team’s hydrogen, clean energy, transportation, and zero-emission vehicle workgroups.

California’s application for this federal funding was led and submitted by California’s Alliance for Renewable Clean Hydrogen Energy Systems (ARCHES), a public private-partnership organized to create an economically sustainable, multi-sector, renewable hydrogen ecosystem that directly benefits California’s communities.

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