New Chair Sets Goals for DOEs HTAP in 1997
by Alan Lloyd,
Executive Director, Energy & Environmental Center, Desert Research Institute
This short article lays out some of the major goals
which I would like to accomplish while chairman of the Hydrogen Technical
Advisory Panel (HTAP) to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). A solid foundation
for HTAP has been created under the previous Chairmanships of Dr. Jim Birk
and Dr. Pat Takahashi. I would hope to continue to build on this foundation
and to expand the role of HTAP to make it more effective in influencing
the DOE program. The number one goal is to work with NHA, stakeholders,
and interested parties to increase the budget for the Hydrogen Program and
to advise DOE on programs which can accommodate a larger budget. In the
past DOE has been reluctant to ask for large incremental increases in their
hydrogen budget. Strong support at DOE for the program is a perquisite for
the hydrogen program to grow effectively.
Another goal is to continue the thrust of the
DOE program to encourage public/private partnerships. While DOE currently
is using this as a thrust, HTAP could suggest ways for DOE to facilitate
these cost-shared programs so that they are truly client rather
than DOE-driven. Additional goals are to advise DOE on opportunities to
leverage the Hydrogen Program for a meaningful global climate change program,
ensure the delivery of an updated and expanded Green Report,
and finalize a strategic plan for DOE which works in conjunction with NHA
and the stakeholders to provide DOE with guidance for a substantially expanded
program in future years.
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