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By Jacob Cohen-Donnelly on Sep 11, 2009 with no responses

House Approves Funding for R&D on Wind Power and Hybrid Heavy-Duty Trucks


House of Representatives passed two bills.

Today, the House of Representatives passed two bills that would provide a considerable amount of money to both wind power and hybrid heavy-duty trucks. H.R. 3165, Wind Energy Research and Development Act of 2009 passed by a voice vote and was authored by Paul Tonko, a Democrat from New York.

H.R. 3165 directs the DOE to create a program of research and development that would improve the energy efficiency, reliability, and capability of wind turbines. Furthermore, this R&D would reduce the cost of building and maintaining the wind turbines and finally, it would optimize the design of them thus making them more efficient.

According to Tonko, “The United States has enough wind energy resources to meet all of our electricity needs several times over…”

H.R. 3165 authorizes that $200 million be sent each fiscal year from 2010-2014 on wind power. If this bill is enacted, it would be the first time that a set amount of money was authorized to be spent on R&D for wind power.

On top of passing the Wind Energy Research and Development Act of 2009, the House of Representatives also voted on H.R. 445, Heavy Duty Hybrid Vehicle Research, Development, and Demonstration Act of 2009. The bill provides for the Secretary of Energy to grant between 3-7 grants of up to $3 million on research and development for technology, such as a plug-in hybrid, for heavy duty trucks.

Because one fourth of the nation’s fuel is used by heavy-duty trucks, any sort of technology on making them more cost effective would have a great impact on the amounts of gasoline used on a daily basis. If the bill is enacted, manufacturers of heavy-duty trucks will be able to research, develop, and build hybrid heavy-duty trucks.