Energy and the Environment

Green Jobs

The state of New Jersey has one of the highest numbers of homes and businesses in the nation that incorporate solar panels, and the acceleration of wind turbine projects can be seen along the Jersey coastline.  As the world takes an increased interest in environmental monitoring, management, and regulatory compliance, green jobs and training must be a priority for the future of New Jersey.  My GREEN Jobs Act will increase access to loans for green small businesses that create jobs to retrofit buildings, install and replace solar panels, regulate waste, clean up contamination, and collect samples to help monitor pollution levels are expanding exponentially.  The GREEN Jobs Act will accelerate that growth, so that New Jersey and America leads the way in innovation and creating jobs in emerging green energy fields.

Smart Grids

Hurricanes and foreign computer hackers have shown the vulnerabilities that exist in the nation’s power grid. My SMART Grid Study Act will provide a comprehensive assessment of steps needed to upgrade our electric grid to make it stronger and smarter in the face of natural disasters and cyber attacks.  When we expand and strengthen the capabilities of our electrical power system, we are able to improve the way we handle such disasters before, during and after they happen.  Our ability to decrease the impact of disasters is essential to protecting our national security, creating jobs, and building a more energy-efficient and green future.

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More on Energy and the Environment

July 21, 2021 Press Release

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July 14, 2021 Press Release

Rep. Payne, Jr. discusses energy efficiency with Energy Secretary GranholmMedia Contact:  Patrick Wright   --  Patrick.Wright@mail.house.gov

July 13, 2021 Press Release

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May 10, 2021 Press Release

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April 9, 2021 Press Release

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April 7, 2021 Press Release

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September 25, 2020 Press Release

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August 26, 2020 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. released the following statement on whether the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is prepared to help Americans recover from Hurricane Laura and other natural disasters during the coronavirus global pandemic.    

July 22, 2020 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. voted for the Great American Outdoors Act today.  The bill (H.R. 1957) would fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and establish the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund.  Part of that bill would provide money to create more natural areas in and near communities of color.  It was passed in the Senate last month and will now go to the President’s desk to be signed into law.   

July 21, 2020 Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright   --  Patrick.Wright@mail.house.gov