Peter Maloney, Microgrid Knowledge
An electrification bill moving through the Pennsylvania General Assembly, if passed, would support the development of electric vehicle infrastructure in the state.
The state’s Senate on November 19 voted 43-6 in favor of the Pennsylvania Clean Transportation Infrastructure Act (Senate Bill 596), sponsored by Republican Sen. Bob Mensch. The bill is now expected to be taken up in the state’s House of Representatives early next year.
If passed, the bill would establish a framework for creating electric vehicle infrastructure and establish a goal of increasing electrification by at least 50% over currently forecasted levels by 2030.
The bill would also require the development of regional electrification infrastructure frameworks in metropolitan areas, direct electric utilities to develop plans to support electrification efforts, and direct the governor to make recommendations to the legislature and the state’s public utility commission on strategies to promote clean transportation options, including vehicles fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG) and hydrogen.