The New Jersey Assembly voted 79-0 on Monday to advance Assembly Bill 741, which would establish a 15-member task force within the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities on the use of fuel cell technologies.
The bill now goes to the Senate for further consideration.
Fuel cells facilitate the combining of hydrogen and oxygen to make water, and convert the chemical energy into electricity. The cells can be used in all-purpose generators as well as integrated with stationary machinery, specialty vehicles like forklifts, portable floodlights, and motor vehicles giving them broad applications.
Assembly members Gordon Johnson, D-37th District; Herb Conaway Jr., D-7th District; and Andrew Zwicker, D-16th District, are the primary sponsors of the bill.
“As the applications of fuel cell technology continue to grow, we are looking at an ever-increasing capacity to shift away from fossil fuels and toward better, cleaner power sources,” they said in a statement. “By creating a central task force comprised of cross-sector experts, this measure takes the first step in accelerating New Jersey’s implementation of fuel cell technologies.”
“Engaging State departments, local government, industry and the public on the topic of fuel cells, the task force would be largely beneficial in helping develop policy recommendations and a course of regulatory action. If we plan to make New Jersey’s goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050 a reality, keeping at pace with innovations and integrating clean energy technologies will be critical.”