Energy and Environment
I have a long-standing commitment to protecting our environment and working for a clean energy future. The dramatic increase in extreme weather incidents around the world–including recent storms like Hurricane Sandy–is wreaking great human and economic havoc and should serve as a wake-up call that we need to take the impact of human actions on the environment seriously. We should move quickly to an energy-efficient future, which will require investments in renewable energy and incentives for energy-efficient technologies.
I worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council in law school and later worked to preserve open spaces as a local official. In the Connecticut State House, I served on the Energy & Technology Committee, where I fought for sweeping energy reform legislation to bring down high energy prices and move to renewable sources.
As your Congresswoman, I introduced the Collinsville Renewable Energy Promotion Act, legislation that permits the town of Canton to operate two small, currently inactive hydropower dams and generate clean, locally-produced power. I'm proud to say that my bill passed Congress with bipartisan support and has been signed into law, moving our communties one stepo closer to clean, sustainable power sources.
I’ve also introduced the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic River Act, to designate 62 miles of the Farmington River as a U.S. National Park Service Wild and Scenic River.
I am committed to ensuring the protection of our environment for our children and future generations in Connecticut so that your own children, and generations to come, will be able to enjoy and appreciate the beautiful scenery.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the bipartisan National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act Reauthorization of 2015, H.R. 23, by a vote of 381 to 39. The bill reauthorizes the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program, a federal disaster recovery program that helps develop and encourage the implementation of cost-effective mitigation efforts to reduce the impact of hurricanes and tornadoes.
Unlike other parts of the country, New England has been seeing a growing number of new farms. Connecticut is among eight states recently chosen for a federal pilot program supporting locally-grown food in schools.
Existing federal funds in this year’s Farm Bill will now allow 16 school districts to use tax dollars to purchase fruits and vegetables from Connecticut farms for school lunches. Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty calls it a double-win.
DANBURY -- Students who helped to construct an "E-House" using energy-efficient systems on the campus of Abbott Technical High School likely won't have any trouble finding a job when they graduate.
In fact, representatives from at least one area company were on hand recently to see the project and check out some of the soon-to-graduate students as prospective employees.
"We have a real labor shortage in the industry," said Stephen Hartmann, a manager with the Danbury-based Ross Solar Group. "We just can't find enough people who know how to do this stuff."
DANBURY -- South Korea may not import a lot from the United States, but power plants creating nearly 100 megawatts of power in the country were built right here in Connecticut by FuelCell Energy.
"We can produce the products here more cost-efficiently than they can," company Chief Operating Officer Anthony Rauseo told U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty while she toured the company's facilities Wednesday.
At a Tuesday morning press conference at the Upper Collinsville dam pump house, local, state and federal officials touted the passage of the Collinsville Renewable Energy Promotion Act and announced that President Barack Obama has officially signed it into law.
A small crowd of attendees cheered as Sen. Chris Murphy announced the presidential signing of the law, which permits the town to operate the upper and/or lower dams and requires the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to update an environmental impact assessment and seek public input on the project.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy and Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) announced that President Obama signed the Collinsville Renewable Energy Promotion Act (H.R. 316) into law. The bill is the first bill Esty introduced as a Member of Congress.
WASHINGTON -- When people hear "renewable energy," they're not generally thinking about the 18th century.
Meet renewable energy, New England style.
The House gave final passage Monday to a bill to enable the Connecticut town of Canton to refurbish two dams on the Farmington River -- one of them first built as a grist mill in the late 1700s, the other in 1837 to power machinery for the Collins Co., a maker of axes that has been defunct since the 1960s.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Collinsville Renewable Energy Promotion Act (H.R. 316) introduced by Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy by a vote of 379 to 3. The bill, which is the first bill Esty introduced as a Member of Congress, will soon be signed into law.
DANBURY, CT – Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty applauded FuelCell Energy, Inc. of Danbury for receiving a $3.5 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s ARPA-E program. As part of the ARPA-E’s new Reliable Electricity Based on Electrochemical Systems (REBELS) program, this grant supports the development of technology that converts natural gas or renewable biogas to methanol while also generating electricity.
Legislation worked on by U.S. Rep Elizabeth Esty, of Connecticut’s 5th District, could yield federal assistance for Meriden flood control.
The $12.3 billion Water Resources and Development Act will aid the nation’s seaboards and waterways. Goals include improving the resiliency of coastlines against major storms, boosting commerce in harbors, and protecting communities like Meriden from persistent flooding. Also, the law cut more than $18 billion in old, inactive projects, clearing room for new investments.