Committing to Policy Action for
California’s Decarbonization and Air Quality Goals

The California Hydrogen Leadership Summit will explore the policies, programs and incentives needed in 2022 to accelerate production, use, and storage of hydrogen, which is essential to California’s ability to meet emissions goals and address climate protection, air quality, energy resilience and sustainable economic growth needs.

Join leaders from the energy sector, transportation, industry, academia and representatives from California state government, including legislative and administrative staff responsible for implementing climate change, air quality, energy diversity and conservation policies. 

Engage on Policy Discussions and Gain Insights

  • Why hydrogen is crucial in the fight against climate change
  • How renewable hydrogen can be a pillar in California’s environmental and economic development strategy
  • Ways to deploy hydrogen for California grid reliability and resilience
  • How to establish hydrogen hubs for “hard to decarbonize” industrial clusters
  • Next steps to enable FCEVs to help California meets Its Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) goals
  • Hydrogen’s benefits for environmental justice and disadvantaged communities

Register Today!

(Early Bird Rate thru Dec 17)


$400 (Early Bird)



  • Full Day Conference
  • Opening and Closing Receptions
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Value Rate: Dec 18-Jan 21 — $450
  • Standard Rate: Jan 22–Feb 1 — $550

CHBC Members 20% discount*

$320 (Early Bird)



  • Full Day Conference
  • Opening and Closing Receptions
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Value Rate: Dec 18-Jan 21 — $360
  • Standard Rate: Jan 22–Feb 1 — $440

*Discount automatically applies for CHBC members

Government, Nonprofit, Media




  • Full Day Conference
  • Opening and Closing Receptions
  • Breakfast and Lunch

Featured Speakers

A dynamic speaker lineup of policymakers, state agency leaders, and clean energy experts will identify the impediments to increased use of renewable hydrogen and related technologies in California today and what policies will remove these barriers to accelerate the commercialization of this crucial energy carrier.

Katrina Fritz

Katrina leads education and outreach activities at SFCC with the guidance of state agencies, local air districts and industry. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Advent Technologies, works with National Fuel Cell Research Center on state level clean energy policy and market development, and serves as an expert to the European Commission on Horizon 2020 programs for research and innovation.

Katrina has held leadership positions at ClearEdge Power (formerly UTC Power), Plug Power and Case Western Reserve University. She has held leadership positions with: California Hydrogen Business Council, International Energy Agency’s Fuel Cell Working Group; U.S. Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association; Alliance for Clean Energy New York; Pacific Clean Energy Application Center at UC Berkeley; and the Connecticut Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Coalition. Katrina has a BA degree from University of Michigan and an MBA from Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

Thomas R. Brill

Thomas R. Brill represents clients in the energy industry, ranging from investors and developers of low/zero carbon hydrogen production facilities to developers of carbon sequestration and renewable natural gas projects and utilities implementing decarbonization policies.

Before joining Greenberg Traurig, Tom led legal, strategic planning, and policy departments at Sempra Energy, San Diego Gas & Electric, Pacific Enterprises, the Southern California Gas Company, and the American Gas Association. In these roles, he served as lead counsel in proceedings to implement state policies and legislation to introduce competition and reduce emissions in electricity and natural gas markets, developed strategies for Community Choice Aggregation, GHG and carbon reduction, electricity storage and smart grid, and more.

Tom has served as legal counsel on matters before FERC and CPUC, and lobbied before these organizations, as well as the California Legislature, Nevada legislature, and US Congress.

Tom Buttgenbach

Tom founded 8minute Solar Energy in 2009 with a vision for making solar the lowest cost, most reliable form of energy on the planet. With more than 20 years of executive management experience and a scientific, analytical approach, Tom has transformed 8minute from a boutique developer to a record-breaking technology leader shaping the clean energy transition with its smart power plants. Today, 8minute’s pipeline includes 18 GW of solar and 24 GWh of energy storage, enough to provide clean, reliable power for 20 million Americans – day and night, for less than the cost of fossil fuels.

Over his career, Tom has led transactions totaling over $10 billion in power purchase agreements and project finance deals.

Tom earned a degree in Physics and Mathematics from University of Cologne and a Ph.D. in Physics and Astronomy from Caltech, as a Fulbright Scholar.

Salim Rahemtulla

Salim Rahemtulla has over 30 years of experience in real estate development, asset management, banking/lending, operations and facilities management. A former US naval officer, he has managed and lead the execution of $2B in public/private sector residential construction projects primarily across Southern California, worked as a construction lender and in loan portfolio management at two major financial institutions, consulted on real estate/affordable housing projects in Los Angeles, and served as mission protection/land-use compatibility program manager at a major naval installation.

Salim has been involved in renewable energy start-up companies, most significantly, Foton Technologies, a renewable energy company that developed a green gasification technology to produce electricity using biomass feedstock and municipal solid waste. Salim has an undergraduate degree from University of Southern California in Economics with an emphasis in Social Sciences and Communication and an MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business.



The California Hydrogen Leadership Summit would not be possible without the tremendous support, collaboration, and assistance from the following organizations.

Travel – Sacramento, California


Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
1230 J Street, 13th and J St.
Sacramento, CA 95814


Hotel Block Booking Information
Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
Rate: $229/night
Block closes January 10, 2022 or if sold out, whichever comes first. Book here.

In addition to the Sheraton Grand, view other available accommodations here.

Local Area

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The California Hydrogen Leadership Summit is a collaboration between the California Hydrogen Business Council (CHBC) and Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA), each with substantial experience advocating for clean hydrogen and organizing clean energy conferences. CHBC is comprised of over 130 organizations involved in the business of hydrogen, united to reduce emissions and dependence on oil by advancing the commercialization of hydrogen in the energy sector. GNA is a leading clean technology consulting firm and the organizer of the Renewable Gas 360 and ACT Expo conferences.