Oregon Governor Kate Brown has signed two new bills that support the study of renewable hydrogen as well as the extension and reformation of the US state’s clean vehicle rebate programme.
The Renewable Hydrogen Alliance (RHA) said it is pleased that the bills have come into law and it hopes to continue advocating and supporting additional bills that support the development of hydrogen.
One legislation, Senate Bill 333, will see the State Department of Energy to study the benefits and barriers to renewable hydrogen production and use in Oregon with results presented no later than September 15, 2022.
The information gathered from this process will be useful and important for building a viable renewable hydrogen sector in Oregon through a beneficial policy environment, investment and project development.
This will play a key piece of the state’s efforts to address climate change and realise a timely transition to a clean energy and transportation economy.
In addition to this, House Bill 2165 will focus on FCEV technology and the extension and reformation of the Oregon Clean Vehicle Rebate programme.
The programme offers a cash rebate for Oregon drivers who purchase or lease zero-emission vehicles (ZEV).
For ZEVs $50,000 MSRP or less, drivers could receive up to $2500 and, if eligible, could receive an additional $5000, however hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles have been ineligible for the program despite costing between $50,000 and $60,000.
The new House bill increases the MSRP cap for FCEVs to $60,000 allowing Oregon citizens access to the rebate program when purchasing or leasing a hydrogen-powered vehicle.
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