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Friday, 11 June 2021 15:38

Nearly 20 CA Legislators Call for More Funding for Hydrogen Infrastructure

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A bipartisan coalition of nearly 20 lawmakers on June 2 called on California Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) to increase funding for hydrogen by $300 million in the state budget, and set aside 20% of the state’s Clean Transportation Program funding to bolster hydrogen fueling infrastructure in California.

“For all communities to truly participate in this exciting transition, hydrogen fueling infrastructure will be critical,” wrote the legislators. “Both zero emission vehicle technologies are essential to meet the needs of all consumers and assure public acceptance. These recommendations will provide the support and signal needed for private sector investments to enable California’s zero emission vehicle future.”

 

Signing the letter were Sens. Bob Archuleta (D-Pico Rivera), Anna Caballero (D-Salinas), Bill Dodd (D-Napa), Lena Gonzalez (D-Long Beach), Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger), Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) and Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita), as well as Assemblymembers Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters), Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo), Tom Daly (D-Anaheim), Vince Fong (R-Kern County), Chad Mayes (I-La Quinta), Adrin Nazarian (D-North Hollywood), Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton), James Ramos (D-Highland) and Robert Rivas (D-Hollister).

 

In addition, Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Fairfield), also penned his own letter urging increased state support for hydrogen infrastructure.

 

“Intended to support Executive Order N-79-20 related to zero emission vehicles, the 2021-2022 revised budget proposal provides $500M in general fund dollars for near-term investments in fueling infrastructure,” wrote the legislators. “We respectfully request...


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