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DOE - 29148 - Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameHydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Energy
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number29148
Original Establishment Date8/8/2005Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*25
Current Charter Date8/24/2020Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter8/24/2022Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Shawna
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*McQueen
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*EPACT 2005 Section 807Designated Federal Officer Phone*202-586-0833
Effective Date Of Authority*8/8/2005Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Other Committee


Agency Recommendation* 
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The HTAC met up to three times a year to review relevant work from subject matter experts to determine the state of domestic and foreign hydrogen and fuel cell industries, the state-of-the-art, relevant policies, state activities, entrepreneurial activities, competing technologies and market activity. The HTAC published an annual report at the end of each calendar year that highlighted technical, market and policy developments both domestically and internationally. These reports were disseminated to leadership at DOE and published on the HTAC website,, for viewing by the public and other interested parties. HTAC also provided recommendations through letters to the Secretary including letters transmitting the annual report, as well as periodic reports on special topics.
How is membership balanced?*Members are experts in their respective fields or representatives of entities including domestic industry, academia, professional societies, government agencies, Federal laboratories, previous advisory panels, and financial environmental and other appropriate organizations based on the Department's assessment of the technical and other qualtifications of the Committee's members and the needs of the Committee.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The committee typically met 2 times per year to develop and discuss recommendations to the Secretary on (1) the implementation of programs and activities under the Spark M. Matsunaga Hydrogen Act of 2005; (2) the safety, economical, and environmental consequences of technologies for the production, distribution, delivery, storage, or use of hydrogen energy and fuel cells; and (3) the plan under section 804 of the Spark M. Matsunaga Hydrogen Act of 2005.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Hydrogen Technical and Fuel Cell Advisory Committee was established to advise the Secretary on the programs and activities under title VIII, Hydrogen, of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Title VIII establishes the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Program to (1) enable and promote comprehensive development, demonstration, and commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell technology in partnership with industry; (2) to make critical public investments in building strong links to private industry, institutions of higher education, National Laboratories, and research institutions to expand innovation and industrial growth;(3) to build a mature hydrogen economy that creates fuel diversity in the massive transportation sector of the United States; (4) to sharply decrease the dependency of the United States on imported oil, eliminate most emissions from the transportation sector, and greatly enhance our energy security; and (5) to create, strengthen, and protect a sustainable national energy economy.
Why close or partially close meetings?Not applicable
Recommendation RemarksEPACT 2005, Section 807.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentNot Applicable
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*72Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentVarious recommendations on improving program focus areas and on overall strategy and communications. In FY 2021, the Committee was working two reports in subcommittee: 1) the HTAC Annual Report and 2) a Hydrogen Safety report, which were not delivered to DOE. A planned meeting of the HTAC on Oct 27-28, 2021 was cancelled due to administrative and logistics issues associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*70.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe agency has generally implemented the recommendations of the HTAC that are within the scope and mission of the agency and which are consistent with the DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Program's goals and objectives.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*30.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentRecommendations that are outside the scope of the agency are not implemented (e.g., a recommendation to extend the Federal tax credits for fuel cell electric vehicles). Some recommendations have only been partially implemented, due to limitations in funding or conflicts with other agency priorities.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess Comment
Agency Feedback Comment*Feedback is provided in letters from either the Secretary of Energy or the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Additional feedback is provided at scheduled Committee meetings. A Biennial Report to Congress is also submitted summarizing the Agency's response to HTAC recommendations.Narrative Description*The Committee reviews and makes recommendations to the Secretary of Energy on the implementation of programs and activities under Title VIII of EPACT, including (1) federal RD&D efforts in hydrogen and fuel cells and (2) the safety, economical, and environmental consequences of technologies for the production, distribution, delivery, storage, or use of hydrogen energy and fuel cells.
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Total Costs$0.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Date Cost Last Modified4/1/2022 10:21 AMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY* 
Federal Staff Support (FTE)* Est Cost Remarks
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-040092Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee2021
 COM-038066Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee2020
 COM-036350Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee2019
 COM-033552Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee2018
 COM-001463Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee2017
 COM-002818Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003603Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee2015
 COM-005043Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005664Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee2013
 COM-007089Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee2012
 COM-007777Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee2011
 COM-009345Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee2010
 COM-009804Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee2009
 COM-011165Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee2008
 COM-011737Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee2007
 COM-013119Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee2006