U.S. Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) reintroduced the Hydrogen Infrastructure Initiative, a bipartisan package of four bills to support the adoption of hydrogen technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of energy-intensive industries, including trucking and manufacturing.
CRES endorsed the Initiative because hydrogen technologies are critical to U.S. efforts to lower global emissions, promote an all-of-the-above energy strategy, and leverage domestic manufacturing to create American jobs.
“CRES is proud to support the Hydrogen Infrastructure Initiative as a catalyst for American innovation and leadership,” said CRES President Heather Reams. “With continued support for hydrogen infrastructure, the U.S. industrial and transportation sectors can strengthen local economies, maintain their work to protect our environment, and deliver global carbon emission reductions. Thank you, Senators Cornyn and Coons, for your work to ensure America remains a leader in hydrogen innovation and development.”
The Hydrogen Infrastructure Initiative comprises four separate bills that reduce cost barriers and lower the risk of hydrogen investment in different sectors. It targets high emissions industries to maximize the reduction in emissions and increase the overall environmental benefit of hydrogen power. The initiative includes the following:
- The Hydrogen for Trucks Act: This bill would support the implementation of heavy-duty hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and fueling stations, and it will provide data to inform future hydrogen trucking infrastructure investments.
- The Hydrogen for Industry Act: This bill would support industrial applications of hydrogen power, such as steel, cement, and chemical manufacturing.
- The Hydrogen for Ports Act: This bill would support the introduction of hydrogen- and ammonia-fueled equipment at shipping ports.
- The Hydrogen Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act: This bill would create a financing program to provide grants and low-interest loans for hydrogen transport infrastructure projects.