Energy Sustainability

Our Valley is an energy rich region, supplying the state with power from oil, gas, and renewable sources like hydropower, biomass, wind, and solar. This vital sector of our economy is a job creator in our communities and a key player in reducing our nation’s dependence on foreign sources of energy.

For these reasons, I took the lead on this issue with a bipartisan group of legislators in the 112th Congress in introducing the Infrastructure Jobs and Energy Independence Act.  Unlike the “cap and trade” bill which I opposed and voted against, this bill outlines a practical, responsible energy plan for America that would further develop domestic energy production of traditional oil and gas, provide a funding stream to clean up the environment and fully develop clean energy technologies.

In addition, our Valley’s energy economy has been bolstered through the Recovery Act. These funds have gone toward creating good-paying jobs, allowing Valley cities to develop and implement projects to improve energy efficiency and reduce fossil fuel emissions in our cities.


More on Energy Sustainability

Nov 19, 2021 Press Release

(WASHINGTON DC) - Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after the House passed the H.R.

Nov 15, 2021 Press Release

(WASHINGTON DC) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after President Biden signed into law, H.R. 3684 – The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a once-in-a-generation investment to rebuild our nation’s water, road, transit, and broadband systems, grow our economy, and create good-paying jobs.    

Nov 5, 2021 Press Release

(WASHINGTON DC) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after the House passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a once-in-a-generation investment to rebuild our nation’s water, road, transit, and broadband systems, grow our economy, and cre

Oct 8, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after the re-introduction of a resolution designating Oct. 8 as National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day.

Aug 24, 2021 Press Release

FRESNO – Congressman Jim Costa released the following statement after an agreement was made to hold a standalone vote on President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure bill by September 27, 2021 and to only bring a reconciliation package to the House that has the backing of 51 votes in the Senate and complies with the Senate Byrd Rule:

Aug 12, 2021 In The News

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited California this week, meeting with growers, industry groups, and state officials to learn about the challenges facing agriculture. During his stop at Terranova Ranch in Fresno County, Secretary Vilsack heard from local producers about the impacts of drought. Secretary Vilsack noted that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) may need to rethink assistance programs to better address the unique situation in California.


Jul 27, 2021 In The News

"We have got to be able to have the Secretary of Agriculture to have some funds available there," Scott said, noting WHIP-Plus is still paying for disasters going back to 2019. "Our appropriations process sometimes takes two years. Many of our farmers haven't gotten the aid yet."

May 26, 2021 In The News

For the first time in more than a decade, Merced College will have a new building.

Construction of the new 29,000-square-foot Raj Kahlon Agriculture and Industrial Technology Complex kicked off Wednesday morning with a formal groundbreaking ceremony.

The complex will serve as the main building for agricultural-related instruction at the college.

May 18, 2021 Press Release


(WASHINGTON)Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) and Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) released the following statement after introducing the Biodiesel, Renewable Diesel and Alternative Fuels Extension Act of 2021: