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Policies and Acts

The following policies and acts contain significant hydrogen- and fuel cell-related provisions that guide and provide support for the DOE Hydrogen Program.

  • The draft DOE National Clean Hydrogen Strategy and Roadmap provides a snapshot of hydrogen production, transport, storage, and use in the United States today and the opportunity that clean hydrogen could provide in contributing to national goals across multiple sectors. The Strategy and Roadmap responds to the legislative language set forth in section 40314 of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Public Law 117-58), also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). This document was posted for public comment on September 22, 2022. The public comment period closed on December 1, 2022. 

  • DOE released draft guidance for a Clean Hydrogen Production Standard (CHPS), developed to meet the requirements of the BIL, Section 40315. DOE's proposal to implement CHPS, along with the related hydrogen production pathway assumptions, were posted for public comment on September 21, 2022. The public comment period closed on November 14, 2022. 

  • The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) includes provisions to move the United States toward greater energy independence and security, increase production of clean renewable fuels, protect consumers, increase product, building, and vehicle efficiency, promote research on and deploy greenhouse gas capture and storage options, and improve the energy performance of the federal government.

  • The Energy Policy Act of 2005 directed the Energy Secretary to conduct a research and development program—in consultation with other federal agencies and the private sector—on technologies related to the production, purification, distribution, storage, and use of hydrogen energy, fuel cells, and related infrastructure.

  • The Energy Policy Act of 1992 directed the Energy Secretary to develop and implement a comprehensive research, development, and demonstration program for fuel cells and related transportation system applications.

  • Additional background information.