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Tuesday, September 29

12:00-2:00 PM

West Sacramento Fueling Station Site Visit 
Interested individuals can take a close look at the new retail Linde West Sacramento hydrogen fueling station, one of the first stations to accurately measure retail sales of hydrogen fuel. A Linde representative will guide the group and be available for Q&A.

Expected time commitment: One hour, of which 30 minutes will be on-site. Casual lunch included post-tour. Shuttle Service will be provided from the CAL EPA building to the station.

Separate registration required, capped at 15
Cost: $40 non-members, $30 members

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3:00-7:00 PM

CHBC Board Meeting (Directors Only)

7:30 PM

Leadership Dinner (Directors Only)

Wednesday, September 30

8:00 AM

On-Site Registration opens, Breakfast, Networking

8:45-9:00 AM

Welcome, Introductions, Summit Overview

  • Jeff Serfass, Managing Director, CHBC

9:00-10:00 AM

Keynotes: California Leadership in Sustainable Energy

California continues to act as the trailblazer for zero emission hydrogen fuel cell technology, and a number of new government commitments, incentives and goals established in 2015 support. High level government officials will provide inspiring keynotes.

  • Janea Scott, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
  • Alberto Ayala, Deputy Executive Officer, California Air Resources Board

10:00-10:30 AM

Keynotes: National Activity in Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

The two national programs H2 First and H2 USA have implications for a national hydrogen fueling station rollout as well as the developments in California.

  • Sunita Satyapal, Director, Fuel Cell Technologies Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the Department of Energy (DOE)

10:30-11:00 AM

Networking Break

11:00-11:30 AM

CEO Keynote: Vision of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Business

Introduction: Jeff Reed, Director of Emerging Technology, Southern California Gas Company

  • Anthony Leo, Vice President - Applications and Advanced Technology Development, FuelCell Energy

11:30-12:00 PM

Spotlight on Renewable Hydrogen

This session provides a progress update from the CHBC Summer Summit Renewable Hydrogen Workshop, including a briefing of government officials on the major findings.

  • Brian Goldstein, Executive Director, Energy Independence Now

12:00-1:00 PM

Networking Lunch

1:00-1:45 PM

Regional Environmental Actions

Moderator: Mark Abramowitz, President, Community Environmental Services


  • Dr. Matt Miyasato, Deputy Executive Officer for Science & Technology Advancement, South Coast Air Quality Management District
  • Damian Breen, Deputy Air Pollution Control Officer, Head of Strategic Innovations Section, Bay Area Air Quality Management District

1:45 PM

Spotlight on Clean Transportation – Stations, Vehicles, and Transit

This session will focus on three aspects:

1:45-2:10 PM

1. Public Transit

Fuel cell electric buses are proving to provide clean and reliable public transportation in two California cities. Public transit can play a key role in the early stages of FCEV deployment with their fueling stations and by helping potential customers understand the technology in their daily routine. A representative of a public transit agency will provide an overview of the potential and challenges.

Introduction: H. E. Chris Peeples, At-Large Director/President, Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit)

  • Lauren Skiver, CEO/General Manager, SunLine Transit

2:10-3:55 PM

2. Infrastructure

The state of California has provided industry with trust and financial backing to develop the basic infrastructure needed for the development of hydrogen fueling. Attendees will hear from the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development on the status of infrastructure devolvement, what can be expected by the end of 2015 and 2016, as well as analytical data on average time on planning and building permit time.

In addition, a major station developer will discuss developments and lessons learned. We will conclude with unconventional fueling stations that may play a role in the next round of stations
  • Tyson Eckerle, ‎Zero Emissions Vehicle Infrastructure Project Manager at CA Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development
  • Michael Dray, H2 Program Manager, Calstate LA
  • Joel Ewanick, CEO, First Element Fuel
  • Eddy Nupoort, Project Director, H2 Logic
  • Dr. Jerrold Hutton, Millennium Reign Energy

3:55-4:20 PM

Networking Break

4:20-5:00 PM

3. Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

Vehicle manufacturers have been working hard over several decades to produce FCEVs that meet customer, price, performance and safety expectations. In this segment, OEMs will discuss their progress and next steps in the form of short presentations.

Moderator: Catherine Dunwoody, Chief, Fuel Cell Program, California Air Resources Board


  • Jackie Birdsall, Engineer, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc.
  • Steve Ellis, Manager, Fuel Cell Marketing, American Honda Motor Co.
  • Gilbert Castillo, Senior Group Manager, Alt Vehicle & Adv Vehicle Strategy, Hyundai Motor America

5:00-5:45 PM

The Business and Transitions of the California Hydrogen Business Council

Overview of CHBC Progress and 2016 Plans

  • Jeff Reed, Director of Emerging Technology, Southern California Gas Company

Recognizing Leaders in California Hydrogen

  • by Jeff Serfass, Managing Director, CHBC

Members will be welcomed to the stage to provide brief updates on their projects and company developments. A sign up list will be made available ahead of time.

  • Companies with breaking news provide fast-paced briefings on recent developments and new projects

6:00-8:30 PM

Sponsored Networking Reception

Attendees are welcomed to spend the evening in a friendly atmosphere. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Thursday, October 1

8:00 AM

Breakfast, Networking

8:45-9:00 AM

Day 1 Recap, Day 2 Orientation

  • Jeff Serfass, Managing Director, California Hydrogen Business Council

9:00-10:10 AM

Keynotes: Renewable Energy, Energy Storage and Grid Management

The California Public Utilities commission and the California ISO work hand in hand to provide solutions for the increase in renewable energy generation, as well as the transition to low emission and low carbon fuels.

  • Cliff Rechtschaffen, Senior Advisor, Governor’s Office
    • Replaced by Rich Cimino, Engineering Manager, The Boeing Company - Reversible SOFC System for Grid Energy Storage
  • Tom Bialek, Chief Engineer, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)
  • Mark Rawson, Research Technology Officer, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

10:10-10:30 AM

Networking Break

10:30-12:00 PM

Utilities of the Future


  • How integrated multi-directional grids with high levels of decentralized renewable production and energy storage will revolutionize the utility sector.
  • A progress update from the CHBC Summer Summit Hydrogen Energy Storage Workshop for government officials on the major findings and the presentation of the CHBC results, including the White Paper.
  • Energy positive homes, islanding and off-grid options are becoming more feasible with the availability of renewable decentralized generation and energy storage.

Moderator: Graham Noyes, Attorney, Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP


  • Brendan Shaffer, Senior Research Engineer, Advanced Power and Energy Program - Microgrids/Integrated Grids
  • Jack Brouwer, Associate Director at UC Irvine, National Fuel Cell Research Center - Hydrogen Energy Storage and Power-To-Gas
  • Rob Harvey, Director Energy Storage, Hydrogenics - Whither Power-to-Gas in a Distributed Energy Future?
  • Michael Strizki, President & Founder, Hydrogen House Project - Off-Grid Energy Options

12:00–1:00 PM

Lunch and Networking

1:00-1:30 PM

Keynotes: Business Executive Vision on Sustainable Goods Movement & Freight

  • Andy Marsh, CEO, Plug Power

1:30-2:15 PM

Spotlight on Sustainable Goods Movement & Freight

Moderator: Jon Leonard, Senior Vice President, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA)


  • Rob Del Core, Director, Fuel Cell Power Systems Group, Hydrogenics - Hydrogen Trains and the Zero Emission Freight Network
  • Tom Joseph, President, Bethlehem Hydrogen Inc - Role of Fuel Cell Powered Industrial Trucks in Infrastructure Development

2:15-2:45 PM

Attendee Discussion Forum

Opportunity for attendees to provide input on CHBC's programs, activities and events in 2016.

  • Jeff Serfass, Managing Director, California Hydrogen Business Council

2:45-3:00 PM

Final Remarks

  • Jeff Reed, Director of Emerging Technology, Southern California Gas Company - Where We Have Been And Where We Are Going

2015 Sponsors

- Platinum Sponsor -


- Break Sponsor -


- CHBC Platinum Members -

South Coast Air Quality Management District

Bay Area Air Quality Management District

AC Transit


FuelCell Energy


Plug Power

Southern California Gas Company


- Event Managed By -

Technology Transition Corporation

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