Monday, October 28, 2019

Senate Consumer Protection Committee Meets Oct. 30 To Consider Electric, CNG, Hydrogen Vehicle Infrastructure Bill

Late Monday morning, the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee announced it has scheduled a meeting for October 20 to consider Senate Bill 596 (Mensch-R-Montgomery) designed to promote the development of clean transportation infrastructure to support electric, natural gas and hydrogen vehicles.
The legislation would--
-- 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 metropolitan areas;
-- Direct electric utilities to develop infrastructure implementation plans to support the development of these networks under Public Utility Commission oversight; and
-- Direct the Governor to submit recommendations to the General Assembly and PUC on strategies to promote other clean transportation options, including CNG and hydrogen.
“Shifting Pennsylvania’s transportation systems to cleaner, more efficient resources offers a unique opportunity to advance our energy, environmental and economic development goals,” said Sen. Bob Mensch, prime sponsor of the bill when it was introduced in April.  “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,” explained Sen. Mensch.  “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 meeting will be held in Room 461 Main Capital starting at 9:30.  Click Here to watch the meeting live.
Sen. Tommy Tomlinson (R-Bucks) serves as Majority Chair of the Consumer Protection Committee and can be contacted by calling 717-787-5072 or sending email to:  Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh) serves as Minority Chair and can be contacted by calling 717-787-4236 or sending email to:
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[Posted: October 28, 2019]

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