More on Energy and the Environment

Jul 15, 2015

Congressman Payne, Jr. Honored For Support of National Parks

Today, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) received the Friend of the National Parks Award from the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA).

Apr 1, 2015

National Academies of Science plans grid-resilience study

The National Academies of Science (NAS) plans to conduct "a national-level comprehensive study on the future resilience and reliability of the nation's electric power transmission and distribution system," as a result of the SMART Grid Study Act of 2014 (SGT, July-14), the office of US Rep Donald Payne Jr, D-New Jersey's 10th district, told the press yesterday.

Sep 29, 2014

Creating an Integrated Grid: Regulators, Legislators Can Help

Integrating more distributed power generation and energy storage can help make a grid more flexible, resilient, sustainable and environmentally friendly. Legislators and regulators, at the federal and state level, have an opportunity to craft policy solutions that would make these advanced strategies more feasible -- thus empowering utilities to support broader long-term goals.

Sep 16, 2014

Payne, Menendez, Booker Applaud Addition of Newark Contaminated Site to EPA Superfund List

Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ) today praised the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for adding the Pierson’s Creek site in Newark to its Superfund list of most hazardous waste sites. New Jersey now has 115 Superfund sites on the National Priorities List, tops in the nation.

Sep 12, 2014

Lawmakers pledge support for Rahway River flood control after mayors visit D.C.

A group of local officials who traveled to Capitol Hill this week to ask for federal money for a Rahway River flood-control study received promises of support from legislators who called the project "essential."

Sep 12, 2014

Lawmakers pledge support for Rahway River flood control after mayors visit D.C.

The mayors of a handful of communities along the Rahway River will travel today to Washington, D.C., where they will present lawmakers with a petition urging Congress to fund a flood-control study.

Jul 29, 2014

Payne Supports Passage of Smart Grid Bill As Part of Larger Cyber Bill

Rep. Payne, Jr. supported the passage of H.R. 3696, the National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act, which included a critical amendment that would examine ways to strengthen and modernize the electric grid to defend against natural disasters and cyber attacks.

Jul 18, 2014

NEMA reacts to passage of energy and water funding bill

NEMA commented on House passage of FY2015 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, which funds DOE. HR 4923 provides $160 million for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, which leads research and development activities for transmission, Smart Grid, energy storage, and cybersecurity.

Jul 11, 2014

House Passes Payne Smart Grid Study as Part of Larger Appropriations Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a provision requested by Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) as part of the Energy and Water Appropriations Act of 2015, which would dedicate $1 million to the study of the nation’s electric grid and determine actions to be taken to strengthen, modernize, and upgrade the nation’s power systems to better withstand natural disasters and cyber attacks.

May 5, 2014

N.J. delegation seeks return of pollution spotters

Members of the New Jersey’s congressional delegation are among the bipartisan chorus of New Jerseyans calling for the federal government to restore its program for spotting beach pollution.