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 would permit the towns of Canton, Avon, and Burlington to operate two small, currently inactive hydropower dams and generate clean, locally-produced power.

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 that your own children, and generations to come, will be able to enjoy and appreciate the beautiful scenery.

For more information concerning my work and views on Energy and Environmental issues, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.

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More on Energy and Environment

Apr 11, 2014
In The News

TORRINGTON >> Farmers in the northwest corner want to continue supporting sustainable agriculture.

That’s the message U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5, said she heard the loudest during a roundtable discussion about the ramifications of the Farm Bill on local communities and farmers at City Hall Friday.

Mar 14, 2014
In The News

Register Citizen

TORRINGTON >> A piece of federal legislation designed to ease the financial distress of homeowners facing rising premiums after a recent overhaul of the flood insurance program was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday.

The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act passed by a vote of 306 to 91 after a House vote was postponed on Feb. 27 over concerns about revisions regarding caps on premiums, according to Laura Maloney, communications director for U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, CT-5.

Mar 3, 2014
In The News

Washington -- Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, scored a legislative win Friday as the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee approved her amendment to the “Windstorm Impact Reduction Act.”

The bill would reauthorize a federal program that seeks to reduce loss of life and property from hurricanes and tornadoes though studies of the effects of these disasters and implementation of mitigation measures.

Feb 20, 2014
In The News

NEW BRITAIN, CT – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) congratulated James Clifton, retired Superintendent of the Simsbury Water Pollution Control Facility, for receiving the “2013 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Excellence Award" from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Jan 29, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement regarding her vote against the Agricultural Act of 2014, the Farm Bill conference report negotiated from the House and Senate versions of the bill. Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill by a vote of 251 to 166.

Oct 28, 2013
Press Release

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced the state will be receiving an additional $65 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to bolster Connecticut’s Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts.  With this funding, Connecticut has now received over the last year an unprecedented $500 million in aid from the federal government to support recovery and relief efforts in order to support residents, local education systems, small businesses, non-profits, and municipalities.

Sep 27, 2013
In The News

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal wants Congress to investigate “the inexcusable and inexplicable cable failure causing indefinite, severe service disruptions along Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line.”

Blumenthal also wants a federal assessment to determine whether an immediate emergency investment is needed to prevent breakdowns in the future.

Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty released a letter she wrote on Thursday to the leaders of the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials.

Sep 25, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) took to the House Floor to speak in support of H.Res 354, the Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act, legislation that would ensure a stable supply of helium for businesses, including those in Connecticut, and reduce the deficit by an estimated $90 million over 10 years. The bill passed the House this evening with overwhelming bipartisan support.

Sep 19, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) spoke in support of and helped to approve H.R. 3080, The Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (WRRDA) during the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s markup of the bill this morning. The bipartisan bill was unanimously approved by the committee. Esty is a co-sponsor of WRRDA, which was introduced in the House by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), Committee Ranking Member Nick J.

Aug 28, 2013
In The News

SHARON—The beautiful weather on Friday, Aug. 23, provided an ideal backdrop for a discussion about preserving Connecticut’s natural resources.

At A Conservation Conversation, hosted by the Sharon Audubon Center, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-5) and Connecticut Audubon Director of Bird Conservation Patrick Comins spoke about the importance of protecting the rivers, woodlands and biodiversity of northwestern Connecticut. Nearly 80 people attended.