The California Energy Commission and California Air Resources Board released the annual Joint Agency Staff Report on Assembly Bill 8: 2016 Assessment of Time and Cost Needed to Attain 100 Hydrogen Refueling Stations in California. Highlights from the report are:
- The growth in FCEV deployment reveals a striking increase in the amount of hydrogen being dispensed statewide. Today’s open retail stations provide a hydrogen supply that exceeds the demand of the FCEVs registered in California, but projections indicate that California will have a hydrogen dispensing capacity shortfall around 2020. The Energy Commission, ARB, and their partners are working to ensure future stations provide effective statewide coverage and appropriate capacity, and are working to reduce the time and cost of station development.
- Hydrogen refueling station development time has decreased from, on average, more than four years to two years. The station that progressed from permitting and construction to open retail the quickest is the station in Coalinga, which reached open retail status in roughly 17 months.
- The remaining cost to reach the 100-station milestone is $125 million. With the business-as-usual $20 million per year in ARFVTP funding, the 100-station milestone is projected to be achieved in 2024.
The report includes extensive data about financial assessments, fueling trends, social and environmental impacts, and station siting. Please read the full report at http://www.energy.ca.gov/2017publications/CEC-600-2017-002/CEC-600-2017-002.pdf