The following testimony was submitted by Texas 2036 Senior Policy Advisors Jeremy Mazur and Rob Orr to the House Committee on Environmental Regulation on May 25, 2022.
What to Know:
- Texans support an energy expansion that includes hydrogen.
- Texas’ workforce and infrastructure assets support hydrogen development.
- Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles can expand the state’s zero emission fleet.
- Texas Emissions Reduction Program (TERP) alternative fueling facilities program grant limits should be evaluated if they adequately offset hydrogen fueling infrastructure costs.
Texas Voter Poll: Extreme Weather & Energy Findings (Feb. 2022)
Background and Data
Texas Voter Poll Results
Texas 2036 views hydrogen development and deployment as a critical pillar to Texas’ energy expansion. Here, oil and gas remain significant contributors to the state’s energy portfolio as additional sectors, including hydrogen, carbon capture, geothermal, and other sources of clean energy are added to the mix. According to our recent Texas Voter Poll, 72% of voters support Texas leading the nation in an energy expansion that includes new technologies, including hydrogen, that allow for cleaner forms of energy that can grow the economy, create jobs, and improve air quality.
Just as Texans are supportive of our state leading the nation in an energy expansion, they are concerned that Texas may lose this competitive edge to other states. Towards that end, the Texas Voter Poll found that 75% of voters are concerned that Texas may not apply for new federal funding opportunities for hydrogen, carbon capture, and energy storage, placing Texas behind efforts made by other states.