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Zwicker, Johnson Statements on Joint Assembly Hearing Discussing Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology

(TRENTON) – Following the joint hearing of the Assembly Science, Innovation and Technology and the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committees, Chairman Andrew Zwicker and Chairman Gordon Johnson issued statements on the testimony:

“Today’s hearing was a part of the Assembly Science, Innovation and Technology Committee’s mission to spur innovation as an economic driver in New Jersey. We wanted to address both the challenges and advantages of hydrogen and fuel cell technology so that we can develop public policies that will put New Jersey at the forefront of innovation technology,” said Chairman Zwicker (D-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon). “It’s now up to us to come up with legislation that makes sense for the people of New Jersey.”

“Hydrogen and fuel cell technology is a nearly untapped alternative energy resource with both environmental and economic benefits for the state of New Jersey,” said Chairman Johnson (D-Bergen). “Many residents are or will be driving, more and more, environmentally friendly vehicles. New Jersey needs to be prepared to take full advantage of this technology as we act to reduce pollution and greenhouse emissions.

“There’s a great potential for opportunity for service stations, manufacturing plants and other businesses centered on hydrogen and fuel cell technology, hydrogen production, and stationary fuel cell use. We thank our guests today who came to share their insight on this topic.”