Senate Passes PA Clean Transportation Infrastructure Act

Harrisburg –The Senate approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Bob Mensch (R-24) to spur development of transportation infrastructure supporting the new generation of electric vehicles.

Mensch said Senate Bill 596, the Pennsylvania Clean Transportation Act, would help shift Pennsylvania’s transportation systems to a cleaner, more efficient resource, and offers a unique opportunity to advance the commonwealth’s energy, environmental and economic development goals.

“As increasing numbers of Pennsylvania consumers and businesses consider choosing electric vehicles, we must ensure that well-planned charging infrastructures are deployed in the state,” Mensch said.

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.

Features of the legislation include:

– Establishing a state goal of increasing electrification by at least 50 percent over currently forecasted levels by 2030.
– Requiring the development of regional electrification infrastructure frameworks for metropolitan areas. (Limited to the 15 counties in the state that have almost 80 percent of all registered electric vehicles.)
– Directing electric utilities to develop infrastructure implementation plans to support the development of these networks under PA PUC oversight.
– Preventing overbuilding by requiring that all utility plans be based on third-party regional market assessments developed by independent transportation planning experts – not utilities.

“Every year, we see new electric vehicles introduced in the market, and they 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,” Mensch said.

“Through good planning and regional collaboration, we can take advantage of this opportunity to help our economy and environment at the same time,” he said.

 

CONTACT: Mark Fetzko mfetzko@pasen.gov (717) 787-3110