Friday, June 28, 2013

One Week, Two Bills: Senators Throw Support Behind Alternative Fuels

This week, U.S. Senators introduced two pieces of legislation that could help spur the deployment of more alternative fuel vehicles.

At the headquarters of propane company AmeriGas, Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., unveiled on Monday the Clean Vehicle Corridors Act. The bill aims to designate U.S. Department of Transportation funding and establish new policies for the development of clean fueling stations on federal highways throughout the nation.

According to Casey's office, other provisions include changing weight restrictions for heavy-duty alternative fuel trucks and creating parking spaces specifically for clean vehicles.

"Pennsylvania has quickly become a leader in alternative energy, which has had a substantial impact on jobs and economic growth," Casey said. "This legislation can help Pennsylvania take the next step in the development of alternative fuels. Putting in place more clean energy infrastructure and making it easier for businesses to transport their goods using alternative energy will help these businesses grow and create jobs."

Separately, Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., introduced the Alternative Fueled Vehicles Competitiveness and Energy Security Act of 2013, on Wednesday. Read more here and see the video below.

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