Pennsylvania ramps up decarbonization efforts

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has appointed a consultant to support its electric vehicle (EV) charging plans, as the state sets out the next steps in its hydrogen program.

PennDOT has hired HNTB to act as its prime project management consultant for the department’s National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program.

HNTB will assist PennDOT in developing and executing a statewide EV charging network for both local and long-distance trips.

In its EV Mobility Plan, published earlier this year, PennDOT included P3s as “an integral role in establishing EV infrastructure in rural towns”.

Meanwhile, Governor Tom Wolf has unveiled plans to partner with public and private sector organizations to boost hydrogen development in the state. 

In partnership with nonprofit, Team Pennsylvania, the commonwealth has submitted a concept paper to the US Department of Energy to establish an H2Hub known as the Decarbonization Network of Appalachia (DNA H2Hub) focused on industrial and manufacturing decarbonization.

“This proposed partnership represents a unique opportunity to advance our goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions while growing our economy through deploying the next generation of energy and industrial infrastructure in the state,” said Acting Secretary of Community and Economic Development Neil Weaver.