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Over 100 years ago Western New York learned how to turn water into energy. Hydropower spurred incredible job growth in our region and revolutionized manufacturing. Brian believes that we can learn from our history and that by reducing our dependence on foreign oil and innovating with clean energy technologies made right here in America we can power our homes, businesses, and nation’s infrastructure systems in a way that sustains us for the next 100 years. Brian has consistently fought on behalf of Western New York families to keep the economic benefits of the Niagara Power Project in Western New York. He has also fought against harmful speculative trading practices that drive up the price of gasoline and increase big oil profits. In both Western New York and Washington, DC, Brian has helped to preserve HEAP funding for struggling seniors and families, who should never have to make the choice between heating their homes and putting food on the table. 



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Dec 21, 2010 Press Release

Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced approval of H.R. 5809, the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA), bipartisan legislation which reauthorizes a diesel emissions reduction program for five years, encouraging production of clean-diesel technology and supporting local jobs.

Dec 15, 2010 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an additional $69 million to New York in Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) block grant funds—the largest additional sum in the country.

Sep 21, 2010 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and Erie County Legislator Tim Kennedy announced New York will receive $12,793,718 in emergency energy assistance funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) funding to NYS is formula based and will be distributed to eligible county applicants on a first come first serve basis. 

Sep 21, 2010 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined his House of Representatives colleagues in passing H.R. 4785, the Rural Energy Savings Act. The Rural Star and Loan Star programs included in this legislation will provide up to 1.6 million homeowners with small loans to make renovations that will improve their energy efficiency and lower their utility bills.

Aug 31, 2010 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) hailed Governor Paterson’s decision to sign legislation that will ensure more profits from the Niagara Power Project stay here in Western New York. The State legislation A8712 is similar to Higgins’ federal bill HR 2133 (introduced April 23, 2009), both of which require Replacement and Expansion Power profits generated by this community be reinvested into this region.
Aug 27, 2010 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced Chautauqua County will receive $200,000 in Weatherization Assistance Program funding through the U.S. Department of Energy.  The federal funds were awarded to Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc.(COI), allowing the organization to build on their existing weatherization work. 

Jun 8, 2010 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) sent a letter to the Commissioner of the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal calling for the immediate release of federal funds intended to help Western New York residents make improvements to keep their homes warm over the cold winter months.

Apr 29, 2010 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) fired off a letter to Governor Paterson protesting the State’s latest move to redirect low-cost power out of Western New York. Albany leaders are currently considering proposals to restructure the distribution of low-cost power.  One plan would pull 455 megawatts of low-cost hydropower currently providing cheaper electricity rates to upstate residents and redistribute it across the state, at the expense of the local community and our consumers.

Apr 13, 2010 Press Release

Albany, Apr 12--ENrG, Inc., a Buffalo specialty ceramics maker for clean-power applications, has been awarded a $500,000 New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) contract to develop components of a system to help significantly reduce emissions and fuel use from idling truck engines.

Feb 4, 2010 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) is reminding residents about an opportunity to save money on appliance purchases starting next week. Between February 12th and 21st local consumers will be able to receive rebates between $50 and $550 for qualifying Energy Star refrigerator, clothes washer, freezer and dishwasher purchases.