Mobile Menu - OpenMobile Menu - Closed

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut

Connect

Energy and Environment

A cleaner environment is good for our health and good for our economy. We’ve felt the effects of climate change here in Connecticut with severe winter storms and hurricanes. We need to invest in clean energy and energy efficient technology to reduce pollution, create good-paying green jobs, and help small businesses and consumers save money.

As a parent, I believe we have an obligation to our children and future generations to preserve the Earth’s air, land, and water. I have a long-standing commitment to protecting our environment and working for a clean energy future. 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 communities one step closer to clean, sustainable power sources.

As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I’ve stood up to protect our local rivers, streams, and lakes by testifying in defense of the Clean Water Rule. This proposal will protect 20 million acres of wetlands and drinking water for 117 million Americans.

I’m also working with my Connecticut colleagues, Sen. Chris Murphy and Rep. John Larson, to protect Connecticut’s Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook for future generations. These are two unparalleled environmental treasures, and they possess some of the highest water quality in our state. In April 2016, the Senate passed our bill to preserve these vital resources, and we’re now working to get this legislation passed in the House.

Cities and towns throughout central and northwest Connecticut have long industrial histories – which means we also have miles of abandoned industrial sites that are just waiting to be restored into economic assets. These "brownfields" properties are going to waste now but have the potential to become anything from hiking trails and public parks to office buildings and shopping centers. I’ve introduced several pieces of legislation to help our communities revitalize these properties. One of these bills, the Brownfields Reauthorization Act, passed the Senate earlier this year and currently awaits action in the House.

I received a 97% lifetime score from the League of Conservation Voters for my voting record on environmental issues. Each year, I sign letters urging the House Appropriations Committee to support robust funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), the National Park Service, and for Wild and Scenic Rivers funding. Cuts to these programs would risk significant environmental and economic damage.

For more information on my work and views on energy and the environment or to let me know your thoughts, questions or concerns, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

More on Energy and Environment

April 23, 2018 Press Release
Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) introduced H.R. 5579, the Brownfields Redevelopment Tax Inventive Reauthorization Act with Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Rep. John Larson (CT-1), Rep. Jim Himes (CT-4) Rep. Peter King (NY-2), and Rep. Mike Turner (OH-10) in order to spur the cleanup and redevelopment of brownfields and support job creation. Brownfields, typically former industrial sites, are often vacant or undeveloped areas where reuse is complicated by environmental contamination concerns.
March 22, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) announced the successful conclusion of weeks of bipartisan negotiations with House and Senate Republicans to include legislation to fund brownfields cleanup and economic revitalization in communities in Connecticut and throughout the country in Congress’s omnibus funding package.
March 6, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05), vice-ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, delivered remarks to the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Summit this morning. According to the organization’s website, the League has represented American bicyclists since 1880 and today supports an estimated 57 million riders nationwide.

March 6, 2018 Press Release
Delivering the opening remarks for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Democratic members at a hearing to discuss President Trump’s infrastructure proposals with Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) stressed the importance of working together to make badly-needed investments in America’s roads, bridges, transit systems, rail infrastructure, airports and ports.
February 8, 2018 Press Release
In response to concerns raised by local residents and officials in western Connecticut over the construction of a new, 1,100-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant in Dover, New York, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) introduced the Notify Officials, Towns, Individuals, and Cities (NOTICE) of Electric Generating Facilities Act, legislation to increase transparency in power plant construction.
January 17, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), who represents the town of Kent in the U.S. House of Representatives, connected with local leaders to receive an update on the damage from floods and ice jams affecting the area this week. Esty’s office connected safety officials in Kent with a federal ice expert from the National Weather Service (NWS), who will deliver a brief presentation to local officials at a meeting in Kent this evening. Staff from Esty’s office will attend the meeting on her behalf. 

November 30, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Legislation to reauthorize the federal brownfields remediation program administered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) passed the House today. The bill builds on the key components of Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty’s bipartisan brownfields proposal introduced earlier in the year.  

October 25, 2017 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – The White House announced today that it will direct Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao to initiate a pilot program for local drone rules and regulations through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The proposal mirrors an amendment to the Aviation, Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act cosponsored by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Vice-Ranking Member Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5).
October 25, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) announced the formation of a new, bipartisan Congressional Infrastructure Caucus to focus on investment in the nation’s outdated roads, bridges, rails, airports, transit, wastewater systems, and drinking water. Esty was joined by Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. (TN-2), Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), and Rep. Garret Graves (LA-6). The lawmakers worked closely with Infrastructure Week, a roundtable of organizations from the business and labor communities, to develop the effort.
October 11, 2017 Press Release
On Saturday, October 14, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) will hold a town hall meeting at Pulaski Middle School in New Britain