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DOE wants to ease hydrogen regulations

The US Department of Energy (DOE) investigates regulatory barriers that inhibit development of hydrogen infrastructure

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Daniel Simmons has announced a new Request for Information (RFI) to encourage a united effort with the industry in the context of developing hydrogen as an energy carrier across sectors.

DOE aims to identify priority research and development areas to reduce the regulatory barriers affecting the implementation of hydrogen technologies. It will also examine ways of lowering deployment time and cost.

“DOE will continue to engage with stakeholders on the regulatory reform process, and work to achieve the president’s goals to reduce burdens on American families and businesses,” said Simmons. “As DOE identifies ways to streamline regulations associated with hydrogen infrastructure to complement our early stage R&D, the department will provide more opportunities for stakeholder participation, consistent with DOE’s commitment to an open, transparent, and accountable process.”

The RFI’s goal is to understand the effects of regulations imposed on hydrogen infrastructure, identify federal regulations, codes, and state/local laws and related compliance costs; and also provide recommendations on how to lessen the burden of those regulatory requirements.

Based on the input received through the RFI, DOE will provide feedback to relevant agencies with regulatory authority.

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