Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut
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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.

I encourage you to sign up here to receive email newsletter updates on the work I am doing in Congress to help protect our environment. You may cancel or unsubscribe at any time.  Call 860-223-8412 if you prefer to receive updates by mail.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.

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More on Energy and Environment

Jul 2, 2014 In The News

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.

Jul 1, 2014 In The News

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.

Jul 1, 2014 Press Release

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.

Jun 25, 2014 In The News

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.

Jun 23, 2014 Press Release

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.

Jun 20, 2014 Press Release

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.

Jun 2, 2014 In The News

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.

Jun 2, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposal to cut carbon emissions from current coal-fired power plants by 30% by 2030:

May 23, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and U.S. Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) applauded final passage in the U.S. Senate of H.R. 316, the Collinsville Renewable Energy Promotion Act. The Collinsville Renewable Energy Promotion Act would permit the town of Canton to operate two small, currently inactive hydropower dams and generate locally produced power.

May 23, 2014 In The News

CANTON — Legislation that could be of great help to a planned hydropower project for dams on the Farmington River has been passed by the U.S. Senate, something that has never happened before.

That bill was introduced by U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty in 2013 and was one of the first things she did upon taking office. The U.S. House of Representatives approved the measure last year and Laura Maloney, a spokeswoman for Esty, said on Friday the Senate passsed it on Thursday night. She said the bill now goes back to the House because of minor changes made in the Senate.