California Hydrogen Leadership Summit

The California Hydrogen Leadership Summit explores policies, programs and incentives to accelerate the commercialization of renewable hydrogen to help decarbonize California.

Leaders from California public agencies, state legislature, the energy, transportation, and industry sectors, and academia explore how renewable hydrogen can help: 

  • Decarbonize transportation, power and industrial sectors
  • Improve air quality 
  • Increase energy resilience
  • Create high-paying jobs throughout California 
  • Address climate change 

California Hydrogen Leadership Summit
June 19-20, 2023 | Sacramento, California

The 2023 California Hydrogen Leadership Summit brought together more than 500 policymakers, hydrogen industry leaders, and clean energy experts to discuss hydrogen-focused policies and projects which could accelerate hydrogen commercialization and drive progress on California’s climate and air quality goals.

Summit speakers shared insights into how hydrogen can serve as a critical pillar of the state’s environmental and economic development strategy, how fuel cell electric vehicles can help the state reduce emissions and achieve net-zero goals, what legislative and regulatory actions are needed to expand hydrogen production, use, and storage, and hydrogen’s benefits for environmental justice and disadvantaged communities. A key conclusion: cross-sector collaboration and new alliances are crucial to develop hydrogen projects and clean up hard-to-decarbonize sectors of the economy.  

The 2023 Summit would not have been possible without the generous support of its sponsors, including Presenting Sponsors Accelera by Cummins Inc., Chevron, PG&E, Plug Power, and Southern California Gas Company.

Featured Speakers Included:

  • Bob Archuleta, Senator, District 30, CA State Senate
  • Blanca Pacheco, Assemblymember, 64th District, CA State Assembly
  • Josh Newman, Senator, District 29, CA State Senate
  • Matthew Botill, Chief, Industrial Strategies Division, CARB
  • Gia Vacin, Deputy Director of Zero Emission Vehicle Market Development, GO-Biz
  • Amy Adams, Vice President, Government Partnerships and Funding, Cummins Inc.
  • Don Boyajian, Director, Government Affairs & Counsel, Plug Power
  • Michael Hoban, General Manager, Hydrogen, Chevron
  • Christine Cowsert, Senior Vice President – Gas Engineering, Service Planning and Design, PG&E
  • Neil Navin, Chief Clean Fuels Officer, SoCalGas

California Hydrogen Leadership Summit
June 6-7, 2022 | Sacramento, California

More than 350 government leaders and key industry stakeholders attending the inaugural California Hydrogen Leadership Summit explored policy actions which could accelerate the production, use, and storage of renewable hydrogen to meet and advance California’s decarbonization, air quality and sustainable economic development goals.

Summit speakers outlined the importance of hydrogen as an energy source to address climate change, improve air quality, and help decarbonize otherwise difficult sectors such as long-haul trucking, the ports, power generation, and heavy industries such as steel and cement, as well as supporting the transition renewable energy through long term storage. Many expressed the view that hydrogen is a technology that fills that gap for long-range, zero-emission transportation, and outlined legislative and regulatory actions California can take to expand hydrogen production and use.

Featured Speakers Included:

  • Mike Levin, Congressman, U.S. Congress
  • Nancy Skinner, Senator, CA State Senate, District 9
  • Josh Newman, Senator, CA State Senate, District 29
  • Andrew McAllister, Commissioner, CA Energy Commission
  • Angelina Galiteva, Chair, Board of Governors, CAISO
  • Kim Okafor, General Manager, Zero Emission Solutions, Trillium
  • Paul Lau, CEO & General Manager, SMUD
  • Janisse Quiñones, SVP Gas Engineering, PG&E
  • Tyson Eckerle, Deputy Director, GO-Biz
  • Alberto Ayala, Executive Officer, Sacramento Municipal AQMD