Energy & Environment
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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Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) sent a letter asking the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) to reject the proposal by New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) to increase rates for electricity and gas delivery by 18.6% and 17.4% respectively.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted to approve HR 3246, the Advanced Vehicle Technology Act, a bipartisan bill from the Science and Technology Committee, which authorizes the establishment of an Energy Department vehicle technology research and development program.
“These vital research programs are the gateway towards revitalizing the strong manufacturing industry of Western New York,” said Congressman Higgins. “In turn, improving fuel efficiency and vehicle technology are at the forefront of strengthening our country’s economic standing and energy security.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Honeywell International Inc. a grant totaling $27.3 million. Honeywell International’s facilities in Buffalo, NY and Metropolis, IL will utilize the federal grant for lithium ion battery development.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted with his colleagues in the House of Representatives to approve H.R. 3183, the Energy-Water Appropriations for the Fiscal Year 2010 including long term energy and water infrastructure investments in Western New York.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has been awarded a $294,000 federal grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation for the purchase of a hybrid bus.
“By replacing older, less efficient forms of transportation with newer technology we reduce costs, reduce our use of fossil fuel and reduce emissions leading to a better, cleaner community,” said Congressman Higgins.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives to approve the 21st Century Green High-Performing Public Schools Facilities Act (H.R. 2187).
“Research has demonstrated a correlation between school building conditions and student achievement,” said Congressman Higgins. “This is a good investment in our children and will at the same time create construction jobs and provide long-term savings for school districts and taxpayers.”