Indian Rep. Greg Pence Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Advance Innovation in Clean, Reliable Hydrogen Energy

By March 14, 2021 4   min read  (672 words)

March 14, 2021 |

Fuel cells works, Indian Rep. Greg Pence Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Advance Innovation in Clean, Reliable Hydrogen Energy

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Greg Pence (IN-06) introduced H.R. 1788, The Clean Energy Hydrogen Innovation Act, to expand the definition of hydrogen projects and advance innovation in clean and reliable hydrogen energy in Indiana and across the country.

The Clean Energy Hydrogen Innovation Act would amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 relating to the eligibility for loan guarantees for projects relating to hydrogen production, delivery, infrastructure, storage, fuel cells, and end uses, and for other purposes. Rep. Andre Carson (IN-07) is the Democrat co-lead of this legislation.

“It is vital that Hoosiers have access to affordable and reliable energy. This bill will spur innovation and expand hydrogen research projects for companies and energy producers across Indiana,” said Congressman Pence. “Our modern approach to energy should be ‘all of the above’ not an ‘everything but’ solution. Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies have the ability to be a reliable and clean energy source that will expand America’s energy capabilities.”

“Renewable energy just doesn’t mean a cleaner environment for Hoosiers, it also means more jobs,” said Congressman Carson. “Like all Americans, Hoosiers deserve good air quality and it’s clear that our country needs to move in the direction of renewable energy. I am pleased to work with my fellow Hoosier, Congressman Greg Pence, to address the effects of climate change and transition the United States and Indiana to a clean energy economy. Our bill does this by expanding the use of hydrogen technology — a safe, renewable, and domestically produced energy source — for a variety of transportation and infrastructure projects. We have a responsibility to protect our environment for future generations. This bill is a step in the right direction—while also creating new good-paying, green jobs for Hoosiers and all Americans. I urge my colleagues to support our bipartisan legislation”

“As a global leader in hydrogen fuel cell technologies, Cummins applauds Congressman Pence’s and Congressman Carson’s commitment to promoting investment in these technologies. This bill will expand the technologies eligible for DOE’s successful loan program, and we look forward to the advancements and momentum that come from American innovation in decarbonized hydrogen production and fuel cell optimization. This bill has the power to make vital progress quickly in the interest of sustainability and allow companies like Cummins to advance faster on our path to zero emissions,” said Amy Adams, Vice President – Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Technologies at Cummins.

“As our power and industrial sectors continue investing in technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, hydrogen is increasingly seen as a vital tool. Hydrogen can connect clean energy generation, storage, transportation, and heavy industry such as steel and ammonia manufacturing. Rep. Pence’s bill expands access to financing for hydrogen projects and looks carefully at the current state of hydrogen production and identifies the next steps for commercialization, which means more American jobs,” said Rich Powell, Executive Director of ClearPath.

This bill is part of Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans’ agenda to expand energy innovation through research and development legislation.

The Clean Energy Hydrogen Innovation Act:

  • Would expand the definition of hydrogen projects to include:
    • Development of hydrogen infrastructure, including pipelines, storage, processing and fueling
    • Hydrogen powered generation used to enable resiliency of power grid generation for domestic fossil fuel, renewables, and nuclear
    • Production of hydrogen from domestic energy sources
    • Transportation applications for light, heavy, medium trucks and buses
  • Would require the Department of Energy Secretary to issue a report to the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the projects listed within this legislation.

Rep. Pence has been a vocal advocate about Indiana’s Sixth District’s clean energy and ‘all of the above’ approach, highlighting Cummins’ role in fuel cell technologies during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing and supporting energy development across Indiana’s Sixth District.

 Congressman Greg Pence represents Indiana’s 6th District. From Columbus, Indiana, Pence advocates for conservative Hoosier values as a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

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