Casey Unveils Plan to Leverage Natural Gas, PA Alternative Energy Sources to Improve Clean Energy Infrastructure Across State, Nation

Lack of Infrastructure Limits Ability of Businesses to Ship Products with Nat Gas Trucks
 
Casey Bill Would Add Fueling Stations Along Interstate Highways, Help Reduce Emissions and Create Jobs

Washington DC- Following the Administration’s announcement, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) unveiled a plan to leverage natural gas and other alternative energy sources in Pennsylvania to improve clean energy infrastructure in the Commonwealth and across the country. Casey’s bill will place more fueling stations across interstate highways and make it easier for clean energy trucks to get on the road.

“This legislation will help Pennsylvania’s thriving clean energy industry which has a proven track record of creating jobs and enhancing our state’s economy,” Senator Casey said. “Putting more clean energy infrastructure in place and making it easier for businesses to transport their goods using natural gas powered vehicles will reduce emissions and improve business’ bottom lines. I’m encouraging the Administration to leverage Pennsylvania’s clean energy resources in an effort to reduce our country’s reliance on foreign oil and spark substantial job growth.”

Casey’s bill, the Clean Vehicle Corridors Act, would allow the Department of Transportation (DOT) to establish clean vehicle corridors along interstate highways across the country. These clean vehicle areas would contain the infrastructure necessary to refuel clean vehicles and would also modify weight restrictions on heavier clean vehicle trucks. Clean Vehicle Corridors would encourage promotion of CNG, LNG, LPG, plug-in electric, advanced biofuels, hydrogen and/or other clean fuels. Additionally, Clean Vehicle Corridors will facilitate the development of policies and planning needed to put into place cleaner alternative fuel infrastructure for clean vehicles, such as fueling stations, rest stops, travel plazas, or other service areas on federal or private property that are found to be most practically located along a Clean Vehicle Corridor that would be available to all users of the fuels, including privately-owned or publically-owned vehicles.

Additionally, the bill would allow states to modify HOV/HOT lane restrictions to accommodate vehicles using cleaner alternative fuel and allow for the creation of designated parking spaces for vehicles using alternative fuels

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