U.S. Department of Transportation’s Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Grant Program
Publish Date: 5/22/2024

Purpose of Request:
The California Energy Commission (CEC) in partnership with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) are seeking information to support potential medium- and heavy-duty corridor projects under the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Discretionary Grant Program (CFI Program). California plans to be the lead applicant for a Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 tri-state medium- and heavy-duty (MDHD) CFI corridor proposal. In this Request for Information, the three states are seeking input regarding where sites would be most used and useful in the near term (2024-2027), site characteristics, power level and types of charging, and other factors that will better inform the states’ application to deploy publicly accessible charging infrastructure for zero-emission MDHD vehicles.

The Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (JOET) recently released its National Zero-Emission Freight Corridor Strategy.1 The strategy describes a phased approach for zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) charging and fueling infrastructure, establishing hubs from 2024 to 2027 and connecting those hubs from 2027 to 2030. The JOET encourages parties to align with this strategy in funding applications, and this RFI seeks to gather insights to aid in sequencing the tri-state CFI application(s) with this strategy. The vision of the three states is to identify a limited number of MDHD battery electric hubs and connections in a tri-state FY 2024 CFI application for publicly accessible battery-electric charging infrastructure. California, Oregon, and Washington retain the vision of fostering a West Coast MDHD battery-electric and hydrogen highway along Interstate 5 (I-5) (and beyond) in the coming years. The two future rounds of CFI applications may consider a focus on publicly accessible hydrogen fueling and filling in gaps for both MDHD charging and hydrogen fueling stations.

California intends to submit one tri-state application for FY 2024 for three project sites in California, two project sites in Oregon, and two project sites in Washington to achieve a publicly accessible network of hubs that reflect the National Zero-Emission Freight Corridor Strategy2 along I-5. Funding awarded to the tri-state project would be competitively bid in a formal solicitation process by each state. 

The FY 2024 Notice of Funding Opportunity has not yet been released for CFI. The three states are doing advanced planning, and seek responses and comments to this RFI, via docket by June 10, 2024

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EPA’s $3B for Ports
Publish Date: 5/13/2024

• $2.8B for ZE Port Equipment and Infrastructure
• $150M for Climate and Air Quality Planning
Read more Here

Due May 28

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CEC $16M Hydrogen Project Funding $16M Hydrogen Project Funding
Publish Date: 5/13/2024

• Eligible items include, but are not limited to, compressors, chillers, liquid and gaseous hydrogen pumps and storage, electrolysis equipment, transformers, switch gear, hydrogen pumps, high-pressure storage, point-of-sale systems, piping, and pipelines.
Read more Here

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VW Zero-Emission Freight and Marine (ZEFM) Grant Fund Open
Publish Date: 5/13/2024
  • $20M Available
  • Stacking with CORE Allowed
  • Eligible equipment includes forklifts (>8,000#) Airport GSE, Terminal Tractors, Ferries/Tug Re-powers, Shore Power & More
  • First-come, First-served basis until funding is exhausted
  • Read more Here
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EnergIIZE Hydrogen Funding Lane Opening
Publish Date: 5/13/2024

• Highest incentive funding cap of all EnergIIZE funding lanes
• Covers 50-75% of eligible equipment and software costs up to $3 million (standard) or $4 million (Jump Start equity criteria).
• Covers a wide range of H2 Infrastructure Equipment & Software
Read more about EnergIIZE Here  Register for EnergIIzE Funding Workshop Here

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The Clean Hydrogen Program GFO-23-307 Large-Scale Centralized Hydrogen Production solicitation (H2CENTRAL)
Publish Date: 5/6/2024

• Questions and Answers document and Addendum 1 will now be released the week of May 6, 2024, GFO web page located here . 

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces Nearly $1 Billion in Grants to Invest in America’s Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicle Transition
Publish Date: 4/24/2024

WASHINGTON — Today, April 24, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the launch of the nearly $1 billion Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles Grant Program to fund the replacement of certain polluting heavy-duty vehicles with zero-emission vehicles. Funded through the Inflation Reduction Act under President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda, EPA will award competitive grants for projects that will reduce climate and air pollution from heavy-duty vehicles, support good-paying jobs and improve air quality for communities across the country, particularly those overburdened by air pollution.

“President Biden and his entire administration are working to ensure every community can breathe clean air. EPA’s Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles Grant Program will slash climate and air pollution and enhance the country’s infrastructure by funding the deployment of zero-emissions vehicles and installation of supporting infrastructure,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “The program’s historic investment in zero-emission vehicles will secure our nation’s position as a global leader in clean technologies that address the impacts of climate change.”

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Nel plans gigafactory in Michigan
Publish Date: 5/3/2023

Volldal emphasizes that the short distance to General Motors, headquartered in Detroit, has played a decisive role in the choice of state. The two companies collaborate to develop further and improve Nel’s PEM electrolyser technology.

“Having Nel’s new facility close to our home base of HYDROTEC development, in southeastern Michigan, will help us more quickly accelerate our electrolyzer collaboration,” says GM executive director of HYDROTEC Charlie Freese.

“This technology is critical in helping bring down costs, while also creating a more sustainable hydrogen supply,” he says.“This technology is critical in helping bring down costs, while also creating a more sustainable hydrogen supply,” he says.

Tags: Hydrogen, Research

Coming Green Hydrogen Wave Set to Create Thousands of New Union Jobs
Publish Date: 4/28/2023

“We were in the mechanical era 50 years ago, and now we’re in the electrical era, and soon to come we’ll be in the hydrogen era,” said Local 11 Business Director of Renewables Tommy Faave said. “This is the next era of good-paying electrical jobs – whether it’s hydrogen production, storage, or transportation – hydrogen projects like these are going to be key to building up our membership and bringing in more apprentices and more journeymen into Local 11. Fossil fuels are not going to be around forever.”

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NFI receives third zero-emission contract from RTC, for up to 107 New Flyer fuel cell-electric buses, expanding sustainable, high-capacity mobility in Southern Nevada
Publish Date: 4/28/2023

RTC has awarded New Flyer a five-year contract with an initial firm order for seven zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell-electric Xcelsior CHARGE FC™ 60-foot heavy-duty transit buses (or 14 Equivalent Units “EUs”), as well as the option to purchase up to 100 buses (200 EUs) over the duration of the contract. In total, NFI added up to 107 buses (214 EUs) to its first-quarter 2023 backlog from firm and option orders. 

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Researchers devise new system for turning seawater into hydrogen fuel
Publish Date: 4/11/2023
Tags: Hydrogen, Research

A new dawn for hydrogen mobility in Europe
Publish Date: 4/26/2023

With the EU’s commitment to hydrogen stations every 200km on major roads, the industry now sees a positive sign to push forward with the development of a hydrogen mobility ecosystem. OEMs, suppliers, energy companies and organizations all see a clear path to introduce hydrogen and FCEVs in the mobility ecosystem.

Tags: Cars, Trucks, Stations

Recipient of 2022 California Platinum Proton Award Announced: State Senator Josh Newman
Publish Date: 4/18/2023
Tags: Cars, Stations

Equity must be central to clean hydrogen deployment
Publish Date: 4/25/2023
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Toyota Receives Zero Emission CARB Executive Order for HD Fuel Cell Electric Powertrain Kit
Publish Date: 4/24/2023

The hydrogen-fueled powertrain kit includes hydrogen fuel storage tanks, fuel cell stacks, batteries, electric motors and transmission, and offers a viable alternative to traditional diesel powertrains used in commercial goods transportation as companies look to transition their fleets to zero-emission vehicles.

Toyota's CARB ZEP-certified powertrain kit is now ready for commercialization, with production slated to start for customers later this year at the company's Kentucky manufacturing plant. This newest generation of powertrain reflects key learnings and improvements in things like energy efficiency, package size, and more from extensive real-world testing and development from the company's fuel cell development engineering team.

Tags: Trucks, Fuel Cells

Trucking’s Electric Vs. Hydrogen Battle Starts to Percolate
Publish Date: 4/13/2023
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The power of H: Douglas County PUD prepares to produce hydrogen as fuel
Publish Date: 4/7/2023
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Japan aims to boost hydrogen supply to 12 million T by 2040
Publish Date: 4/4/2023

Citing massive hydrogen investment by the United States and Europe, Kishida said Japan will speed up the roll out of supply chains in cooperation with Australia, the Middle East, and Asia.

Tags: Hydrogen, H2 Hubs

California Submits Application to U.S. Department of Energy for Federal Funding to Become a National Hydrogen (H2) Hub; Statewide clean hydrogen hub will prioritize equity and clean energy jobs while aiming to fully decarbonize the state’s economy
Publish Date: 4/7/2023

“The new and existing clean H2 projects that are part of the ARCHES portfolio will bring tens of thousands of jobs to California for years to come,” said Andrew Meredith, President of State Building & Construction Trades Council of California. “Many of these projects will be along California’s transportation corridors, helping to provide skilled workers jobs in regions of the state where projects of this scale have been lacking.”

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Nebraska, two partner states bid to be ‘hydrogen hub’ that could bring $1 billion in federal funds
Publish Date: 4/6/2023

She said the Nebraska-Iowa-Missouri team is known as the Midcontinent Clean Energy Hydrogen Hub, or MCH2. Their application has identified a half-dozen projects or companies that would, if the bid is successful, receive a chunk of the funds, which require a 50% financial match.

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MachH2 seeks to bring regional clean hydrogen hub to the Midwest
Publish Date: 4/10/2023
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Publish Date: 4/12/2023

Focus on hard-to-electrify or hard-to-abate sectors first, including heavy- duty ground and marine transportation and aviation. 

Tags: Maritime, H2 Hubs

HyVelocity Hub applies for DOE Hydrogen Hubs funding
Publish Date: 4/11/2023

Organised by GTI Energy, The Center for Houston’s Future, University of Texas at Austin, and seven major corporate participants, including Air Liquide, Chevron, Orsted, and Sempra Infrastructure, HyVelocity has grown additional support from more than 90 commercial, academic, nonprofit, and government supporters.

The hub also has bipartisan support from elected leaders at the federal, state, and local levels of government. Seven academic institutions are participating in HyVelocity, including Texas’ two largest public universities, two major private universities and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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Appalachian Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub Submits Multi-State Application for the Department of Energy’s Hydrogen Hub
Publish Date: 4/11/2023
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Nebraska: Hydrogen hub funding, design-build authorization advanced
Publish Date: 4/12/2023

Lawmakers passed a measure last year creating a work group with the purpose of drafting a proposal seeking Nebraska’s designation as one of the six to 10 regional hubs, which are intended to accelerate the use of hydrogen as a clean energy source.

Brainard Sen. Bruce Bostelman, sponsor of LB565, said the work group partnered with Iowa and Missouri to submit an initial application for the program, called H2Hubs. Of 79 applications submitted, he said, Nebraska’s was one of 33 selected for the next stage of the process.

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