Representative Malinowski Upholds His Commitment to a Clean Energy Future

September 24, 2020
Press Release

(Washington, DC) Today, the House passed the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act (CEJIA), a comprehensive clean energy bill that makes smart investments in renewable technologies, modernizes our electrical grid, and puts our country on the path to achieving net-zero pollution by 2050 at the latest. The CEJIA includes legislation introduced by Representative Malinowski to protect landowners and prevent pipeline companies from exercising eminent domain until they have obtained the federal and state permits necessary for the construction and operation of a pipeline project.

“I am proud to support legislation that protects landowners in my district, spurs clean energy innovation, enhances our transportation sector, makes homes and businesses in New Jersey more energy efficient, all while protecting our environment and repairing the economy,” said Representative Malinowski. “This bill, if enacted, would help position the U.S. to win the race to a clean energy future, and enable us to address the changing climate with the urgency it demands.”

Among other provisions, the CEJIA:

  • Supports the transition to a low-carbon economy by investing in clean energy, distributed energy resources, energy storage systems, and microgrids – all of which build resiliency and are crucial to reducing greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Brings clean, reliable energy to marginalized communities, including $25 million for grants to deploy energy storage and microgrids in rural communities and $1 billion for solar installations in low-income communities;
  • Sets new energy efficiency standards for buildings, which roughly count towards 30% of greenhouse gas pollution, and provides funding for schools, homes, municipal buildings, and manufacturing facilities to improve efficiency and deploy energy-efficient technologies;
  • Authorizes grants to local communities to improve energy efficiency, including $500 million for workforce training and $5 billion in rebates for home retrofits;
  • Supports the funding and other measures to modernize the electric grid, such as programs to improve resilience and reliability, enhance cybersecurity, protect critical infrastructure and supply chains, and improve transmission planning;
  • Authorizes over $36 billion for transportation electrification, including through grants and rebates to deploy electric vehicles and related charging infrastructure;
  • Establishes a $1.25 billion grant program to prevent methane leaks from the natural gas distribution system and to offset rate increases for low-income communities; and
  • Creates a new program to train workers for careers in offshore wind.