Senator Mensch, Among Fellow GOP Members, Recognized as ‘2020 Clean Energy Champions’

HARRISBURG – The Conservatives for a Clean Energy Future have released the recipients of their ‘CCEF 2020 Clean Energy Champions’ award. Senator Bob Mensch (R-24), among other fellow GOP members, were recognized with this distinction.

Conservatives for a Clean Energy Future (CCEF) is a 501(c)(4) organization that educates and advocates for energy policy solutions that move our nation towards energy independence and a clean energy future. CCEF works with policymakers and stakeholders across the nation to promote policies that secure affordable, reliable, and increasingly efficient and renewable energy.

Conservative Clean Energy Champions are state and local policymakers who have shown consistent and exceptional support for conservative policy initiatives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. Champions have been fighters for our nation’s transition to clean energy.

“CCEF is dedicated to promoting market-based conservative clean energy policy in the states that helps create jobs, fuel economic growth, and spur innovation,” said Mark Pischea, President and CEO of Conservatives for a Clean Energy Future (CCEF). “Senator Bob Mensch is a leader in the Pennsylvania Senate who champions the development of clean energy, to spur economic growth and energy diversity. He has authored ground-breaking legislation that will make PA “open for business” in the field of electric vehicles, reduce emissions, and lead Pennsylvania’s transportation system into a renewable new decade.”

“It’s truly an honor to be recognized as a Clean Energy Champion by the Conservatives for a Clean Energy Future,” Mensch said. “This award represents my years of work championing a reasonable transition to clean energy with common-sense and correctly timed initiatives, such as my Senate Bill 596, the Pennsylvania Clean Transportation Infrastructure Act.”

Fellow GOP members that were also recognized as ‘2020 Clean Energy Champions’ include: Senator David Argall (R-29), Senator Ryan Aument (R-36), House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-171), House Speaker Bryan Cutler (R-100), Representative Sheryl Delozier (R-88), Representative Aaron Kaufer (R-120), Representative Rob Kauffman (R-89), Representative Tom Mehaffie (R-106), Representative David Millard (R-109), and Representative Todd Stephens (R-151).

“I would like to thank CCEF for honoring me with this award,” Argall said. “It is critically important to the future of the Commonwealth that we develop an independent and diverse energy profile.  I will continue to support market-driven clean energy policies that help build an economically strong and sustainable Pennsylvania.”

“I have consistently said that a diverse energy portfolio is the best way for Pennsylvania to achieve grid resiliency and reliability, affordable monthly electric bills, and the desired environmental benefits,” said Aument. “As such, I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in the Pennsylvania Legislature to achieve those goals.”

“I am honored to be recognized by Conservatives for a Clean Energy Future as a Clean Energy Champion for taking a commonsense approach and supporting sound energy policy to ensure our environment is protected,” House Majority Leader Benninghoff said. “The Republican Party has a rich history of leadership in environmental preservation—be it nationally with Teddy Roosevelt or here in Pennsylvania with environmental activist and two-term Governor Gifford Pinchot. We continue their legacy by recognizing our state constitutional right to clean air and clean water and focusing on clean energy renewable resources so we can preserve our environment without hindering our economy.”

“Pennsylvania is in a tremendous position to energize future generations around the world,” Speaker of the House Bryan Cutler said. “However, that bright future can’t be dependent on just one energy source. A diverse, robust, reliable and responsible energy portfolio is in all of our best interest, and I will continue to carry on efforts to drive our state’s energy policies in a direction that benefits everyone.”

“It is an honor to be recognized by a group which shares a common passion not only for recognizing the latest advancements in energy technology, but ensuring those technologies – as well as our existing ways of powering our communities – are consumer friendly,” said Delozier, who serves as majority chairman of the House Commerce Committee. “Last term, I authored a new law (Act 58 of 2018) which encourages energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy projects through alternative ratemaking for electric and natural gas distribution companies. Pennsylvanians want options in their energy sources and providing sustainable alternatives is good public policy.”

“With incredible technological advancement being made over the past several years, we are entering into a period where we have the ability to shift away more from using fossil fuels and begin to incorporate alternative energy methods that are both environmentally-friendly, and cost effective,” said Kaufer. “The goal is not only improving overall efficiency with these methods but promoting accessibility to those methods for public use. Currently, I have been pushing forward legislation (House Bill 531) that would enable community solar projects in Pennsylvania and allow for much greater participation in the solar economy by individuals, businesses and farmers if they choose. Clean energy has a multitude of benefits that will propel Pennsylvania forward and give residents and businesses the opportunity to be a part of this great advancement.”

“I want to thank CCEF for this recognition,” said Rep. Rob Kauffman. “I have and will continue to support free market innovation that leads to new technologies that support clean and renewable energy advancements.”

“I’m thankful to CCEF for the recognition of my support for carbon-free sources of energy that will serve generations to come,” said Mehaffie.

“I am pleased to be a recipient of the ‘2020 Clean Energy Champions’ award. I am interested in both promoting clean energy, and ensuring that, in the absence of all of the government regulations that are bringing about the demise of our fossil fuels, we have alternatives,” said Millard. “One way to encourage this is to bring on small investors to be involved. This is a win-win for everyone, and I am fully supportive of these efforts. I am a clean energy generator myself, so I am proud to have this recognition.”

“It is a great honor to be recognized for fighting to advance energy conservation,” Stephens said.  “The changes we make now to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels will leave future generations with a healthier environment. Our children are depending on us.”

For more information on Senator Mensch’s legislation, visit www.senatormensch.com.  State updates can also be found on Senator Mensch’s Facebook at facebook.com/PASenatorBobMensch/ or Twitter @SenatorMensch.

CONTACT: Madison Scarfaro mscarfaro@pasen.gov  (215) 541-2388