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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: December 2, 2020 10:52 AM
From: Senator Bob Mensch
To: All Senate members
Subject: Clean Transportation Infrastructure Act
In the near future, I will be reintroducing legislation from last session related to harnessing the increasing rise in vehicles not powered by traditional gasoline engines.
There is no doubt that new generations of electric, natural gas and hydrogen vehicles are becoming, and will continue to be, an important part of Pennsylvania’s economic development in coming years.  While gas-powered vehicles are still the vast majority of vehicles on the road, Pennsylvania needs to be proactive in being accommodating for the other vehicles on the road.
Welcoming the shift of Pennsylvania’s transportation systems to allow for cleaner, more efficient resources offers a unique opportunity to advance our shared energy, environmental and economic development goals. 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 without added burdens on our ratepayers. 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 PUC oversight; and
  • Require 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 me in co-sponsoring the Pennsylvania Clean Transportation Infrastructure Act which passed the Senate overwhelmingly last session.

If you have any questions, please contact David Kozak in my office at 717-787-3110.

Introduced as SB435