Higgins Tours Chautauqua County Businesses Offering State-of-the-Art Energy Efficient and Renewable Technologies
On Tuesday, February 17, 2009, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) spent his day visiting local businesses that are leading the way in developing energy efficient and renewable technologies. This January Congressman Higgins was appointed to serve on the House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, a role that, among other things, includes development, oversight, and approval of federal renewable energy tax credits.
“This is a great opportunity to learn more about the state-of-the-art technologies being developed and produced right here in our backyard,” said Congressman Higgins. “These forward-thinking companies elevate our nation as a leader in the global manufacturing sector of today and tomorrow and provide economic stability and jobs in our neighborhood.”
Congressman Higgins visited the ECR International manufacturing facility in Dunkirk, NY to discuss the company’s micro-combined heat and power (micro-CHP) technology, the freewatt home heating system; toured the Cummins Engine Plant in Lakewood, NY which makes the Cummins ISX Engine which meets new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards for low-sulfur emissions; and stopped at Dunkirk Metals Alternative Fuel Boilers division which manufactures wood gasification boilers in Brocton, NY.
Last week Congress approved the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which includes several energy related measures including: providing $20 billion in tax incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency over the next 10 years; establishing a new manufacturing investment tax credit for investment in advanced energy facilities, such as facilities that manufacture components for the production of renewable energy, advanced battery technology, and other innovative next-generation green technologies; and promoting energy-efficient investments by homeowners by extending and expanding tax credits through 2010 for purchases such as new furnaces, energy-efficient windows and doors, or insulation.