Recent EIN papers. Please click turquoise title for link.


Crediting Hydrogen: Fuel Incentives and renewable hydrogen investment in California.

This Briefing Paper analyzes the value of credits that are available to hydrogen fuels, and the broader context of California's renewable hydrogen policy, to assess the current opportunities and barriers facing hydrogen transportation fuel investments. (Nov 2014)

The upside hedge value of California’s global warming policy given uncertain future oil prices,

This paper is the first of its kind to introduce a key concept: policies designed to reduce emissions and energy use protect consumers from exposure to price shocks. It was developed as a follow up to Shockproofing Society (see to the right) to extend the concept and conversation to an international audience.

Reports from other environmental coalition members:

Clean Cars in California

Four Decades of Progress in the Unfinished Battle to Clean Up Our Air

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Hydrogen Network Investment Plan (H2NIP),

The paper is designed to help inform decisions within the State of California's recently extended Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology investment program which authorizes up to $20 million per year to fund hydrogen fueling stations until the start of2024. 



Shockproofing Society

Co-authored by Energy Independence Now's Policy Director Remy Garderet, together with Chris Busch of the Center for Resource Solutions and James Fine of Environmental Defense Fund, we examine our dependence on oil and natural gas with a new lens: what does our dependendence on oil natural gas mean during "price shocks," periods when oil and related prices skyrocket overnight?


Incentivizing Hydrogen Infrastructure Investment. 

This white paper describes the first phase of the development of early market hydrogen stations. It presents a novel approach to incentivize new entrants into the hydrogen station market, and estimates the amount of money required to launch the early commercial hydrogen fuel cell vehicle market in California.

Pain at the Pumps

An Op-Ed Piece by EIN published by the Santa Barbara Independent highlighting the need for strong national fuel economy and GHG standards

Written By: Travis Madsen and Benjamin Davis, Frontier Group; Bernadette Del Chiaro, Environment California Research and Policy Center

California's efforts to reduce air pollution from cars and trucks have made the state's air cleaner than it has been in decades - and Californians are healthier as a result. Clean car standards have helped cut total automobile air pollution in California by more than 85 percent since 1975, despite rapid growth in population and vehicle travel. 

However, many Californians are still exposed to some of the worst air pollution in the United States -- contributing to high asthma rates and shortened life spans. Passenger cars and trucks produce nearly 2 million pounds of health-threatening air pollution statewide every day.

To continue progress, state officials should update California's vehicle emission standards and ensure that they remains strong and effective. Given the size of California's vehicle population, the state needs to make sure that new cars are as clean as possible - and to encourage auto manufacturers to rapidly commercialize vehicles that produce no pollution whatsoever.