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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 6, 2018 12:07 PM
From: Senator Bob Mensch
To: All Senate members
Subject: Pennsylvania Clean Transportation Infrastructure Act
In the near future, we will be introducing legislation to spur development of transportation infrastructure to support the new generation of electric, natural gas and hydrogen vehicles and equipment that will be an important part of Pennsylvania’s economic development in coming years.

Shifting Pennsylvania’s transportation systems to cleaner, more efficient resources offers a unique opportunity to advance our energy, environmental and economic development goals.

Every year, we see new electric and naturally-powered vehicles introduced in the market, and these cars, trucks and buses are rapidly becoming more affordable and well-suited to our lifestyles. We’re also seeing increasing opportunities to use electricity for off-road uses in our ports, airports and heavy equipment to drive our economy forward.

As increasing numbers of Pennsylvania consumers and businesses consider choosing alternative energy vehicles, and our businesses look for opportunities to invest in cleaner, more efficient equipment, we must ensure that well-planned charging and refueling infrastructures are deployed in the state.

The Pennsylvania Clean Transportation Infrastructure Act will create a framework for building this infrastructure by combining the expertise of our transportation and public utility sectors. Under this proposal, Pennsylvania will:
  • Establish a state goal of increasing electrification by at least 50 percent over currently forecasted levels by 2030;
  • Require the development of regional electrification infrastructure frameworks for our metropolitan areas;
  • Direct electric utilities to develop infrastructure implementation plans to support the development of these networks under PA PUC oversight; and
  • Direct the Governor to submit recommendations to the Legislature and PUC on strategies to promote other clean transportation options, including CNG and hydrogen.
Alternative fuel vehicles provide a great opportunity to help our economy and our environment at the same time. Through good planning and regional collaboration, we can move Pennsylvania to leading edge of adopting these technologies.

Please join us in co-sponsoring the Pennsylvania Clean Transportation Infrastructure Act.

Introduced as SB596