Earlier this month, Sen Coons (D,DE) introduced S 646, the Hydrogen
for Industry Act of 2023. The bill would require DOE to establish the ‘Hydrogen
Technologies for Heavy Industry Demonstration Program’ to provide grants or
cooperative agreements to demonstrate industrial end-use applications of
hydrogen. The bill would authorize $1.2 billion for the period of fiscal years
2024 through 2028.

Moving Forward

While Coons is not a member of the Senate Energy and Natural
Resources Committee to which this bill was assigned for consideration, three of
his cosponsors {Sen Hickenlooper (D,CO), Sen Cassidy (R,LA), Sen Heinrich
(D,NM)} are members. This means that there should be sufficient influence to
see this bill considered by the Committee. Beyond the cost of the program, I
see nothing that would engender any organized opposition to this bill. I
suspect that the bill would receive some level of bipartisan support if ways
could be found to fund this new grant program.


For more details about the provisions of the bill, see my
article at CFSN Detailed Analysis – https://patrickcoyle.substack.com/p/s-646-introduced
– subscription required.

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