U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) will visit Livingston on Wednesday as part of a swing through New Jersey to promote the clean energy components of the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan, the New Jersey Globe has learned.
Granholm and Sherrill will host a roundtable for clean energy business leaders.
The Energy Secretary join Rep. Donald Payne (D-Newark) and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka for a walking tour of the Grace West Manor. The building has installed solar panels and weatherization renovations to make the affordable housing development more energy efficient.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Long Branch) will join Granholm for a tour of Eos Energy, an Edison-based company that develops technologies to harness electricity generated by facilities like windmills into long-duration batteries.
Granholm served two terms as the governor of Michigan before joining the cabinet earlier this year.
Biden’s infrastructure plan includes proposals for a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035, as well as enhanced electricity grids, low-cost financing for energy-efficient windows, and the construction of 1.5 million sustainable homes and housing units.
Biden cabinet members are becoming frequent visitors to New Jersey.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg joined members of the New Jersey congressional delegation last month for a tour of the Gateway tunnel project. Marcia Fudge, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, has been in New Jersey twice since she took office, and Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona joined Gov. Phil Murphy at an event in June on post-pandemic planning.